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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

Introducing Spencer Westmacott: farmer, soldier, artist

Behind every man in uniform is a rich story. Spencer Westmacott (1885-1960) was an officer with the 16th Waikato Regiment which departed New Zealand for.....

‘Citizen Art’ – Miniature Hikes: the book

Citizen science is all the rage right now in New Zealand, especially given its emphasis in the National Science Challenges and Science and Society project......

Peter Stichbury (1924-2015)

To commemorate the life of the late New Zealand potter Peter Stichbury our curator of art and design Justine Olsen looks back over his life’s.....

Expedition and Rescue: Te Papa’s Medals

A relatively little known but fascinating area of Te Papa’s vast collection is its coins and medals. Medals are not only used to recognise military.....

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!

Theft is an oft-romanticised crime in folklore and popular culture – think Robin Hood, Dick Turpin, Maui stealing fiery fingernails from Mahuika, or Bonnie and.....

You Can Play Photo-Detective #3

I’ve written two blogs, Help Wanted and More Help Wanted, about photographs from Te Papa’s collection that need more information. Here are some more puzzlers.....

Art for Valentine’s Day

Feb. 14 is nigh! A valid reason To commemorate the season Of love and matters of the heart As expressed in works of art,.....

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.....

Art Media

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki talks about Natalia Goncharova

Extracts from an interview with Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (1943–2014), Te Papa’s former Head of Arts and Visual Culture
Art News from Elsewhere

Conversation with Yvonne Todd


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

Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land


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


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

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)