News from the art front around New Zealand.
awards and residencies
Artists on a winning streak.
From Christchurch, Dunedin, Auckland and Wellington.
Briar Williams reports on healthy sales despite uncertain times.
Events and exhibitions to look forward to.
Around the galleries on opening night.
a longer look
The ancestors loom over Justin Paton in a thickly plastered ‘cave’ painting.
Charles Darwent writes from locked-down London.
Mark Schroder has recently presented three scam-artist companies and their flash-but-tarnished office spaces. Simon Palenski takes a tour.
Connie Brown speaks to Jade Townsend about the artist’s new directions and homecoming to Aotearoa.
Sarah Hillary interviews Antipodean conservation scientist Bronwyn Ormsby, here to share her expertise.
A love letter to the King Country
Photographer Sara McIntyre lived in the small central North Island town of Kākahi as a child, and returned there in 2010 to work as a nurse. She has been documenting Kākahi and its denizens with a gentle insider eye ever since. Milly Mitchell-Anyon surveys the presentation of McIntyre’s work in a recent book and exhibition.
So near and yet so far
NIRIN is the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, but the first to be directed by an artist and an indigenous Australian, in Brook Andrew. Linda Tyler visited in March before coronavirus restrictions hit Sydney – and describes a biennale “astonishing in its range and complexity”, that presents “many insights into the legacy of colonisation both locally and internationally”.
From the pit of etc.
Raúl Ortega Ayala’s The Zone at Te Tuhi encompassed film, photographs and field notes from his visits to the ‘zone of exclusion’ around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Here the artist presents some of this body of work and discusses it with curator Gabriela Salgado.
Walk with me
Ariane Craig-Smith has been attending a series of artist-led ‘walk works’ in West Auckland, arranged in conjunction with Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery. Over the course of a year, works have included storytelling sessions; an observance of dawn; a layered, site-specific soundscape; a household sports competition; and a project about that elusive weather condition, fog.
New York, new narratives
Late last year, the Museum of Modern Art in New York unveiled a rehang that upended old narratives and drew on its rich collection in fresh new ways. Doing the rounds of the city’s powerhouse institutions, pre-pandemic, Julia Waite was most impressed by exhibitions that refocused attention on underexplored histories.
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