Spring/Summer 2021


In the latest of his ‘longer looks’ Justin Paton is drawn into a room that is warm with memory.

Megan Dunn identifies with an obscure Dutch surrealist in The Listening Room.

Dispatch features a report by Tessa Giblin on reinventing exhibitions during lockdown in Scotland.

Design is the problem, design is the solution. Simon Gennard reports on Matthew Galloway in Watchlist.


Christina Barton, Anthony Byrt, Natasha Conland and Wystan Curnow pay tribute to Billy Apple (1935-2021), plus Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 2018 interview with Apple at the Mayor Gallery, London.


Reuben Friend writes on Massey University’s modern masterpiece, Te Rau Karamu Marae.


Robert Leonard on Robin White’s new ngatu.

Colour is the key argues Laurence Simmons in his article on Melbourne-based artist Brent Harris.

In Oracles and Evoys, Andrew Paul Wood delves into Fiona Pardington’s lockdown project and exhibition, Tarota

Robert Leonard reports on Robin White’s new ngatu, showing in Matisse Alive at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Francis McWhannell talks to artist-activist Shannon Novak about his big show at the Tauranga Art Gallery.


In Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary, Michelle Guo previews Auckland’s Quant show.

Erin Griffey explores a painter of beautiful souls in her article Peter Stichbury: Between Matter and Spirit.

And Natasha Conland enters the labyrinth with a review of Michael Stevenson’s exhibition at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.


Laurence Simmons reports on the recent phenomenon of NFTs in his article Fungibility.


Sketches continues to cover exhibitions and events around the country and overseas, including the Asia Pacific Triennial at Brisbane’s QAG/GOMA, Matisse: Life and Spirit at the AGNSW, Sydney, the retrospective of Joanna Margaret Paul’s work at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and Reuben Patterson’s Crystal Waka on the forecourt of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi of Tamaki.

Billy Apple Billy Apple® Logo (Red) 2007/18 Cover design assisted by Robert Thomson.

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