Autumn 2020



News from the art front around New Zealand.

awards and residencies

Artists on a winning streak.


From Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.

auction scene

Briar Williams assesses a quietly successful year of art sales.


Events and exhibitions to look forward to.


opening shots

Around the galleries on opening night.


a longer look

Justin Paton is galvanised by a huge, confrontational, timely painting.


Charles Darwent looks at Western art museums gone global.


Zina Swanson combines experimental thinking with delicate watercolour. Lucy Jackson speaks to the artist about her recent painting and installation.

in residence

In upstate New York, Natalie Guy works in stained glass, considers modernist architecture and gets to know a new city.


Layla Walter reports from two major craft events in the ‘silk road’ heartland of central Asia.


An octopus, a wave

Yuki Kihara recently exhibited five gloriously embellished kimono made out of siapo, Sāmoan barkcloth, the first examples of an ambitious five-year project. Lisa Wilkie delves into the cultural meeting points, narrative shapes and material connections of Kihara’s kimono.

Critical mirrors

A new touring exhibition highlights contrasts and fellow feeling in the photographs of Gavin Hipkins and the late Peter Peryer. Andrew Paul Wood explains the weird realism and quality of melancholy that both photographers share.

Architects of community

The ninth International Indigenous Arts Gathering, held late last year in Ngaaruawahia, brought together painters, sculptors, carvers, weavers and other craftspeople from all over the world, to a forum humming with mauri, collaboration and conviviality. Billie Lythberg visited this important Indigenous space and reports back.

Exceptional archivists

UK-based Artangel specialises in commissioning extraordinary art projects in the public sphere, and its co-director James Lingwood was in New Zealand over the summer. Hamish Coney spoke to him about some of the London art institution’s most influential pieces of the past 30 years ­– and his opinion of Colin McCahon.

This side of the window

Photography about photography? Emil McAvoy examines the work of three artists, brought together in a recent show, who are pushing the current boundaries and capabilities of the medium. Together they reinvent such photographically clichéd subjects as the seascape, the window, the light-filled still life.



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Zina Swanson, Movement of watching, 2019, watercolour, 210 x 148mm. The Dowse Art Museum Collection. Courtesy of the artist

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