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Issue # 10 – November 2015

We can do this now

‘I run towards the Sun. I touch the face of God.’

Jill Trevelyan remembers pioneering art dealer Peter McLeavey (1936–2015) with a selection of works from the national art collection that were purchased from the Peter McLeavey Gallery
Photo Essay
Featherston. From the series: Urban landscapes

The photographers’ take

Photographers Peter Black, Max Oettli, David Cook, Neil Pardington, Jane Zusters, and Gary Blackman respond to images from New Zealand Photography Collected
Carleton Watkins, <EM> Mirror Lake, Yosemite</EM>, <EM>c</EM>. 1865, albumen print, 521 x 399 mm. Library of Congress.

Scenery, industry, surface, and scale

Photographer Wayne Barrar and poet Kerry Hines respond to the exhibition of historic landscape photographs by Carleton Watkins
Art Media
Art news from Te Papa's blog

The Great Ngā Toi Christmas Quiz!

  As promised, here is the great Ngā Toi Quiz! Prizes include: goodies from Ngā Toi store, Belgian chocolates and possibly something liquid! Answer EACH.....

Curator’s Picks from the new Ngā Toi/ Arts Te Papa

Even before you arrive here, you are guaranteed to be swept off your feet: a massively enlarged version of Alfred Burton’s Milford Sound: Cascade from.....

Peter McLeavey (1936-2015)

This morning we were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Peter McLeavey, the pre-eminent New Zealand art dealer. Peter discovered New Zealand art.....

Curious: Martinho Lowande – ‘the Great Brazilian Bareback Hurricane rider’

This studio portrait by Melbourne photographer Arthur Burman, shows Martinho Lowande and his sons dressed in their performance outfits and was taken just prior to.....

Van Gogh 125

One hundred and twenty five years ago, in a cornfield of raucous crows, Vincent van Gogh shot himself. On 15 October I am exploring the.....

Curious: Anne Eliza Leak – the armless wonder

This studio portrait of Anne Eliza Leak (also known as Thomson) was set up to emphasise her feet as a prominent part of the image......

Curious: Miss Matilda Sanville – the smallest lady in the world

This portrait of Matilda Sanville – the smallest lady in the world (also known as ‘the Fairy Queen’) – was taken in Sydney in 1875.....

Manos Nathan and Colleen Waata Urlich

  It is with great sadness that I write this memorial blog post. I began writing a memorial post a week and a half ago.....

Healing Te Papa’s Achilles Heel: George Dawe Redefined!

Posh ignorance vs. best practice Art historians and curators can be obstinately wrong and obtuse even about great masterpieces. A notorious example is Leonardo da.....

More Macey – recent photography acquisitions

Te Papa recently acquired more cabinet card photographs by Blenheim photographer, William H. Macey. Macey’s photographs are a great example of the strength of photography.....

Art News from Elsewhere

New Zealand's rich photographic history


Athol McCredie interviewed by Lynn Freeman about New Zealand Photography Collected book and exhibition

Converging viewpoints


A joint exhibition of work by photographer Mark Adams and jeweller Areta Wilkinson opens at Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Portraits and snaps


Te Papa's photographic collection on show

Te Papa buys ‘priceless’ artwork depicting land wars


New acquisition of painting by William Strutt revealed

Are we entering a ‘post-photographic’ age?


Mois de la Photo: making sense of the photograph in the web era

Jim Allen honoured with Arts Foundation Icon Award


Jim Allen has been described as “a pioneer of Post-Object Art in New Zealand in the 1970’s"

Simon Denny: Power, secrets and art


Interview with Kim Hill