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Issue # 7 – December 2014

Porteuse de raisins

Child of the revolution

Artist Jacqueline Fahey responds to the life and art of Russian avant-guarde painter Natalia Goncharova
Daylight flotsam Venice

‘Light and things’

A poem and essay on Bill Culbert’s Daylight flotsam Venice and Drop by Therese Lloyd
Defunct Mnemonics

Dragging rabbits out of hats

Megan Tamati-Quennell on Peter Robinson’s chameleon art practice

Into the void

Sarah Farrar interviews artist Bill Culbert
John Crichton’s hammock chair represents ultimate lifestyle in this 1960 government photograph promoting New Zealand tourism. In 1957, the Tourist Hotel Corporation took over the Chateau Tongariro Hotel. Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahana o te Kawangatanga, Wellington Office AAQT 6401 A66190

Pioneering pan-Pacific design

Justine Olsen on modernist designer John Crichton
Parent and child visiting <EM>Nga Toi</EM> | <EM>Arts Te Papa</EM> exhibitions
detail / A Person Looks At A Work Of Art / someone looks at something ... 1979-86

Congratulations! You are now a member of the art cult

Sarah Farrar on the works in Framing the Museum
Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (1943-2014). 2009. Photographer unknown.

Tributes to Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (1943–2014)

Friends, colleagues and students of Jonathan Mane-Wheoki remember him and reflect on his legacy
Art news from Te Papa's blog

Christmas Treasures from Te Papa

Seasonal Treasures from Te Papa In global terms, Aotearoa New Zealand is not a religiously observant nation. But we have long taken pride in being.....

High-flying prints in Air New Zealand exhibition

Air New Zealand’s 75th anniversary celebrations begin with a new exhibition due to open at Te Papa on the 20 December 2014; Air New Zealand.....

A student’s personal response to Colin McCahon

Earlier this year over 60 visual art and art history students from Wellington region colleges attended a study day at Te Papa to learn about.....

William H. Macey – making a fine art of studio portrait photography

I’ve said in a previous blog post that Blenheim photographer William Macey’s cabinet cards elevated the format to an art form. So I thought I.....

Zine-making student workshops with Kerry Ann Lee

Te Papa recently commissioned local artist Kerry Ann Lee to make a new work for the light boxes in the Whare Toi / Art Studio.....

Colin McCahon’s Northland Panels travels north to the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Earlier this year I travelled to Auckland Art Gallery with one of Te Papa’s masterpieces, Colin McCahon’s Northland Panels, 1958, which is the centrepiece of.....

Recent acquisition – ambrotype of a couple in front of a wall

There is so much to admire about this beautiful ambrotype recently acquired for Te Papa’s photography collection – look at the couple’s cheeks touched up.....

Gordon Walters: Koru in Stratford

Recently I travelled to Stratford to attend the opening of Te Papa’s touring art exhibition Gordon Walters: Koru which is currently on show at the.....

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (1943-2014): An Appreciation

By the Art Curators at Te Papa: Sarah Farrar, Athol McCredie, Lissa Mitchell, Chelsea Nichols, Justine Olsen, Rebecca Rice, Mark Stocker and Megan Tamati-Quennell The.....

Whale tooth graffiti – Fiji language week 2014 (slideshow)

This is our last blogpost for Fiji Language Week 2014 where the theme has been ‘Noqu vosa, noqu iyau talei’ – My language, my treasure’......

Art Media

How to talk about art with kids

Tips from Helen Lloyd, a Senior Educator at Te Papa
Art News from Elsewhere

Best of 2014


The year in art discoveries

Simon Denny on Nine to Noon


Simon Denny talks to Kathryn Ryan about his work (31:50)

Yvonne Todd


Psychological photography (38:55)

On the moment of change there is always a new threshold of imagination


Artspace has a new director, Turkish curator Misal Adnan Yildiz, and a new mixed-media exhibition of work by various visiting artists

NZ at Venice: Under surveillance


Interview with Simon Denny in his Berlin studio

What is art for?


Alain de Botton's animated guide – video

Exhibit B blockaded


Slavery exhibition featuring black actors chained in cages shut down in London

Illegal art trafficking


A specialist in helping to protect museum and art gallery treasures from natural disasters and illegal art trafficking, Dr Hans-Martin Hinz, has some cautionary tales and lots of good advice for our cultural institutions (9:38)