Spring 2019




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 rounds up the recent sales.


Events and exhibitions to look forward to.


opening shots

Around the galleries on opening night.


a longer look

Justin Paton falls for a night-time scene by a painter staying up late.


Critic Charles Darwent debunks the myth of the ‘saintly’ Bauhaus.


In the forms and materials of her practice, Jasmine Togo-Brisby asks what it means to be South Sea Islander. Ioana Gordon-Smith charts her recent work.


Lucy Jackson catches up with ‘pencil-lead guy’ Peter Trevelyan.

in residence

Virginia Leonard writes from hot, hazy France.

making it

Gina Hochstein’s architectonic jewellery is entrancing, says Linda Tyler.


Message in a bottle

Plastic is an unlikely taonga, but George Nuku believes we need to take the genealogy of the material seriously in order to tackle its insidious effect on the environment. Billie Lythberg writes from France about Nuku’s latest exhibition, which fuses Renaissance knowledge and matauranga Māori in an immersive oceanic display.

Art and globalisation

In an interconnected world, with new museums and perspectives finally rethinking the overbearing traces of Western modernism, it is culturally specific artworks that have a way of breaking through. Art historian David Joselit, who has been researching these global currents for a new book, speaks with Julian McKinnon.

Traversing forth and uncruising

Areez Katki has been on a six-week residency in Greece that culminated in Uncruising, an exhibition of textiles, watercolours and photographs. In a dispatch from Athens, Katki explains the research, threads and new processes that lie behind his new body of work.

Interesting time indeed

The 58th International Art Exhibition, May You Live in Interesting Times, opened in Venice in May. Gabriela Salgado visited the mass of art on display in the pavilions and exhibition spaces – and was most impressed by artworks that spoke clearly to our frayed, alarming and ‘interesting’ times.

The Trojan hen

The wellsprings of art are not always obvious. Hens… dogs… a chat with a friend over a cup of tea… – all could be prompts for making art. And keeping up creative pursuits is especially crucial for older people and those living with dementia, director of Connect the Dots Andrea Gaskin writes.


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