Summer 2017



News from the art front around New Zealand.

awards and residencies

Artists on a winning streak.


From Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin.

auction scene

Jessica Douglas appraises ideas of value and importance at recent sales.


Events and exhibitions to look forward to.



letter from somewhere

Judy Millar considers the intersection of landscape, craft and tradition.


Courtney Johnston reports from the London design world.


Marie Le Lievre’s works have a psychological edge, says Andrew Paul Wood.


Bruce E Phillips writes up his highlights from two big European art events.

flying visit

Kate Brettkelly-Chalmers meets Taro Shinoda, newly arrived in Titirangi.

in residence

A floating residency sees Claire Ulenberg pondering the Summer of Love.

opening shots

Around the galleries on opening night.


endlessly resonant, endlessly resilient

The abstract paintings of Gordon Walters dropped fully polished into an amazed New Zealand art scene in 1966 – true evidence of a ‘new vision’. David Eggleton previews and reviews a major new show and accompanying book about Walters’ work and legacy.

time to shine

Julian McKinnon meets up with Andy Leleisi‘uao, still fizzing over his win at the 26th Wallace Art Awards, and discusses projects and influences with the Samoan-Kiwi painter.

colour and scale, early and late

South Island painter of abstract landscapes JS Parker passed away recently, after years of lyrically recurring sequences and rhythmic colour work. Peter Simpson remembers an old friend and flatmate.

activated spaces

Reflective dinosaurs on the streets of Christchurch and Resene colour charts in the skies above: the SCAPE Public Art Season 2017 has been under way in the city for the past month. Warren Feeney surveys the offerings on display.


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Gordon Walters: New Vision, co-published by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and valued at $79.

Marie Le Lievre, Heroic (Sentimentals), 2017, oil on cardboard, 640 x 640mm. Courtesy of the artist and Bartley + Company Art. Photo: Jess O’Brien

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