Spring 2017



News from the art front around New Zealand.

awards and residencies

Artists on a winning streak.


From Christchurch, Dunedin, Auckland, Wellington.

auction scene

Jessica Douglas rounds up some recent single-collection auctions.


Events and exhibitions to look forward to.



letter from somewhere

Judy Millar considers the art of the nude in the age of the intimate selfie.


Courtney Johnston compares here and there.


Tessa Laird in dialogue with Peter Madden about fields and fragments.


Megan Dunn tracks down New Zealand artist Xin Cheng at her base in Hamburg to talk about the idea of shelter and some very situational artwork – complex, cerebral, embedded and responsive.

flying visit

Julian McKinnon visits Running Neo-Geo Games Under Mame at City Gallery Wellington and is struck by the physical-digital hybrids of Californian artist Petra Cortright.


A Rarotonga gallery is hosting an exhibition of two art traditions in conversation: customary tivaivai alongside contemporary glitter.
Ben Plumbly spoke at the opening and reports back.

hot topic

Art crime is a serious issue with complex effects, says Jessica Douglas.

opening shots

Around the galleries on opening night.


throwing rocks

Judy Millar’s spectacular sculpture Rock Drop was recently hoisted into place at Auckland Art Gallery’s South Atrium. Kate Brettkelly-Chalmers visited Millar’s studio and watched it take shape.

me looking

La Biennale di Venezia! Sue Gardiner visited Lisa Reihana’s Emissaries and Francis Upritchard’s new figures among an exhaustive array of terrific art and extravagant ambitions at the Biennale Arte 2017.

the collector

Alongside an academic career that took him from Albuquerque to San Diego to Wellington, photo-historian Geoffrey Batchen has always had the itch of the collector. He explains how his acquisition of early photographs has informed his research and exhibition work.


Artist Michael Illingworth was well-known through the 1960s, 70s and 80s for his fecund landscapes, iconic figures and weird eco-systems. Gregory O’Brien writes fondly about Illingworth as farmer, painter and early environmentalist.


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All new subscribers go in the draw to win a copy of Lisa Reihana: Emissaries, published by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and valued at $75.

Judy Millar, Rock Drop, 2017, mixed media sculpture installation at South Atrium, Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki. Photo: Jennifer French

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