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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
Article
Daylight flotsam Venice

‘Light and things’

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

Dragging rabbits out of hats

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

Into the void

Sarah Farrar interviews artist Bill Culbert
Interview
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
Article
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
Article
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
Article
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Mystery of Fraser’s Bomber

Kia ora – I’m Louisa Hormann and I am a History Honours graduate of Victoria University. With the 100 year anniversary of the First World.....

Stop, thief!

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You Can Play Photo-Detective #3

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Art for Valentine’s Day

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Autochromes from the Te Papa collection

Te Papa’s beautiful collection of early colour photographs made using the autochrome process is the focus of new article published by the online journal The.....

Summer challenge – what is the message on this postcard?

  Here is a challenge for a hot summer day – try working out the message on this postcard of Auckland from 1903. Add your.....

Travels with Betsy – the zine!

During December 2014, artist and designer Kerry-Ann Lee ran workshops at Te Papa to teach the art of ‘zine-making’. Zines are a sort of hand-crafted.....

Miniature Hikes: a public art installation in celebration of Wellington’s wild places.

If you want to get outside this summer and explore Wellington’s wild places then consider visiting the miniature huts created for the public art project.....

Photography and Te Papa in 2014

I have a confession: I am a bit of a vampire of sorts. I feed on Te Papa’s Photography collection – I use it to.....

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.....

Art Media
Art News from Elsewhere

Conversation with Yvonne Todd

http://ocula.com

An interview with Todd about the survey show Creamy Psychology at City Gallery Wellington

Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land

http://au.blouinartinfo.com

Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is hosting the first major solo exhibition of influential New Zealand contemporary artist Michael Parekowhai opening in March 2015

Autochromes from the Te Papa collection

http://publicdomainreview.org

Curator Lissa Mitchell picks out examples by three early-20th-century photographers

Best of 2014

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The year in art discoveries

Simon Denny on Nine to Noon

http://www.radionz.co.nz

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

Yvonne Todd

http://www.radionz.co.nz

Psychological photography (38:55)