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Issue #6 - August 2014

Maddie Leach. Photograph by Jem Noble

Weather forecasts and radio broadcasts

Walters Prize 2014 finalist Maddie Leach interviewed by Abby Cunnane
Kerry Ann Lee. Photograph by Rebecca Rice.

Paper bridges

An interview with artist Kerry Ann Lee by Rebecca Rice
Martha Graham - 'Ekstasis'

Shade, smoke, texture, flesh

Peter Wells on the photographs in Anonymous Bodies
Kalisolaite ‘Uhila, <EM>Mo'ui tukuhausia</EM>, 2012, from the exhibition ‘What do you mean, we?’ at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts 3 March 2012 – 6 May 2012. Photograph by Bruce Phillips

Roaming all levels

Nina Tonga on Walters Prize 2014 finalist performance art work Mo‘ui tukuhausia by Kalisolaite ‘Uhila
Portrait of Mary Chamot

How to collect great art the ‘wrong’ way

Chelsea Nichols explores four things we can learn from the history of collecting modern art at New Zealand’s National Art Gallery
Adolphe Monticelli, <EM>Self-portrait with felt hat</EM>, about 1860–62, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. Photograph from <A href="http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=118404">The Athenaeum</A>.

‘The most astonishing Monticelli’

Mark Stocker on a long underrated early modern artist
Art news from Te Papa's blog

Official photographs and reading Herman Wollerman’s postcard

Can you spot the arrow in the sky? This photographic postcard by photographer, James Daroux, was sent by Herman Wollerman to his father in Wellington.....

Te Papa Channel: which is your favourite?

Peek into wild landscapes. Hear Dame Suzie Moncrieff talk about the secrets behind the creative spectacle that is a World of WearableArt™ show. See Matariki.....

No photographers in Revell Street?

The novel The Luminaries is set in Hokitika in 1866 with most of the story taking place amongst a selection of businesses in Revell Street......

Highly sensitive – 19th August 175 years ago

At 3pm on the 19th August 1839, a joint meeting of the Academie des Sciences and the Academie des Beaux-Arts, heard from the politician and.....

Goblins in the gallery

We have been busy installing Season 3 of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa on Level 5 of Te Papa, which will open to the.....

Nga Toi│Arts Te Papa Spring Season 2014: In the lab

The galleries may be closed, the walls may be bare, but there has been plenty going on behind the scenes in preparation for the fresh.....

Cook Islands Cowboys

To celebrate Cook Islands Māori Language Week I return to the collection of amateur photographer George Robson Crummer who resided in the Cook Islands from.....

Photographer Glenn Jowitt passes away

It is with sadness and regret that we learned that photographer Glenn Jowitt died suddenly on 22nd July. Glenn is best known for his photography.....

New WOW Factor!

This week we are changing over a number of garments in The WOW Factor, an exhibition celebrating the wonderful, creative and inventive World of WearableArt™......

Banana playing a blue accordion: a Muka Youth Print

By Rebecca Nuttall, intern “Banana playing a blue accordion.” What? My name is Rebecca Nuttall. I’ve been an intern at Te Papa and I’m describing.....

Art Media

Behind the scenes: Installing Bill Culbert’s Daylight flotsam Venice

A time-lapse video documenting the installation of Bill Culbert’s 2013 art work Daylight flotsam Venice at Te Papa in August 2014
Art News from Elsewhere

Living rough for art's sake


Walters Prize 2014 finalist Kalisolaite 'Uhila says he turned his life around after starting a family and getting into art

Peter Peryer on a lifetime of looking through a lens


In 1977 the Dowse Art Gallery in Lower Hutt hosted Peter Peryer’s first solo show, just a couple of years after he took up photography. Peter Peryer: A Careful Eye has opened at The Dowse marking the four decades of work since that first exhibition. (12'

Having an art attack?


Bill Culbert's Venice Biennale works discussed on TV1

Garry Winogrand at the Met


The first retrospective in twenty-five years of work by Garry Winogrand (1928–1984), the renowned photographer of New York City and of American life from the 1950s through the early 1980s

Who are these faces?


Peter Ireland reviews 'Facing the Front: New Zealand’s enduring First World War', at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, curated by Gavin McLean

The happy marriage of Art and Science


A review of ‘The Art and Science of Exploration’ at the Queen’s House