Summer 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 stays up late with a “sad and lovely song of time passing”.


Charles Darwent considers a recent trend in AI-generated artworks.


Andrew Paul Wood plumbs the esoteric depths of Julia Morison’s long-standing and boundary-pushing art practice.


The extraordinary rugs and embroidery of textile maker Vita Cochran will make you rethink the value of craft objects, says Sebastian Clarke.

in residence

Marie Shannon has been hanging out at the Whanganui river mouth.


Finding Louise Henderson

Why don’t I know more about the artwork of Louise Henderson? Bronwyn Lloyd asked herself at a gallery last year. A new exhibition and book seeks to remedy this gap in our art history, re-presenting the major modernist achievements of this French-born New Zealand artist.

Kanohi ti ke kanohi

Two cherished, larger-than-life, occasionally controversial cultural figures have been collaborating of late. Hamish Coney was in Ruatoki in July to witness the results: Tāme Iti’s app-based work, as activated along an historic line of confiscation, and a hopeful artwork by Billy Apple translated and installed on a local marae.

The painter may go wherever he wishes

Justin Paton’s new monograph on Colin McCahon, McCahon Country, is a mind-expanding road trip in a book. Judy Millar offers her thoughts on the reading journey, describing how this beloved painter used real geographical sites alongside remembered and imagined landscapes to inform his work.

The world is listening

The yearly Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is a hubbub of art and craft, commerce and reconnection. Gallerist Tim Melville – who represents a number of Aboriginal artists, including Warmun artists of Western Australia – reports on the buzz from Darwin, where the winners of the Indigenous Australian art awards were also celebrated.

Beijing and beyond

Aotearoa New Zealand has just had its first showing at the Beijing International Art Biennale. In a whirlwind tour of Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai, representing artist Evan Woodruffe found an enthusiastic reception for New Zealand art.


Big Book Box

Win a Big Book Box for summer reading – contains the eight terrific new art books reviewed on pages 117–18.

Reader Giveaway

We have a copy of Justin Paton’s McCahon Country, published by Penguin Books in association with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki ($75), to give away to one lucky reader. See page 119 for details.

Subscribe and win

All new subscribers go in the draw to win a copy of Louise Henderson: From Life, by Felicity Milburn, Lara Strongman and Julia Waite, published by Auckland
Art Gallery/Christchurch Art Gallery ($65).

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