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Issue # 11 – March 2016

Simon Denny, Marco Polo Airport, 2015. Photograph by Paolo Monello
Still Life with Red Jug

Above the kitchen sink

Mark Amery on the exhibition Inspired: Ceramics and jewellery shaped by the past
Mural for a contemporary house (no. 4)


A short story by Pip Adam responding to the exhibition Open Home
Ian Scott, Golden Dreams, 1969, oil on canvas. Collection of Te Manawa Museums Trust

From Open Home to Suburban Dreams

Te Papa curator Sarah Farrar talks to the Dowse Art Museum’s Sian van Dyk about the connections between two current exhibitions exploring the art of home life: Open Home and Suburban Dreams
Untitled. From the series 'Lounge room tribalism'

Collapse and freedom

Megan Tamati-Quennell explores artist Graham Fletcher’s ‘Lounge Room Tribalism’
Virginia Were, <EM>Human zoo, Bondi Icebergs, Sydney</EM>, 2015

Seeing as I said so

Some thoughts on photography for the young and curious by Gregory O'Brien, author of See What I Can See
Photo Essay
Art Media
Art news from Te Papa's blog

Heroines and Homemakers in colonial art

<img width="494" height="590" src="http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Featon-Kohekohe-494x590.jpg" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="Sarah Featon, Kohekohe 1880, watercolour. Purchased 1919 (1992-0035-2277/76)" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" srcset="http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Featon-Kohekohe-494x590.jpg 494w, http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Featon-Kohekohe.jpg 536w" sizes="(max-width: 494px).....

Kōrero pūrākau o Matariki: Matariki teaching resource 2016, Part 3 – Sand art

<img width="590" height="582" src="http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/25-590x582.jpg" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="Students posing with their sand art. Photograph by Norm Heke. Te Papa" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" srcset="http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/25-590x582.jpg 590w,.....

Max Gimblett and ‘The Art of Remembrance’

On display as part of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa is an exhibition called The Art of Remembrance, featuring the work of contemporary New.....

St David’s church and the history of the art of remembrance

<img width="250" height="375" src="http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Detail-showing-quatrefoils-in-Max-Gimbletts-Art-of-Remembrance.-St-Davids-Church-Auckland-2015-from-Art-of-Rmembrance-website.jpg" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="Detail showing quatrefoils in Max Gimblett's 'Art of Remembrance'. St David's Church, Auckland, 2015 from Art of Remembrance.....

Hosting in Nga Toi in summer

<img width="300" height="300" src="http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/by-vistoria.jpg" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="by-vistoria" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" srcset="http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/by-vistoria-150x150.jpg 150w, http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/by-vistoria-125x125.jpg 125w, http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/by-vistoria.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />Working in Ngā.....

Indigenous art curatorial practice; ideas and observations

I am blogging a paper, as below, written in response to an invitation to talk about Indigenious art curatorial practice for the recent Pacific Art.....

Taste, touch, see, hear and smell – sensory impressions with the Both brothers

<img width="452" height="590" src="http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/1-Both-Taste-452x590.jpg" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="1 Both 'Taste'" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" srcset="http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/1-Both-Taste-452x590.jpg 452w, http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/1-Both-Taste-768x1002.jpg 768w, http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/1-Both-Taste-605x790.jpg 605w, http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/1-Both-Taste-785x1024.jpg 785w" sizes="(max-width: 452px) 100vw,.....

Thinking through time – Inspired: Ceramics and jewellery shaped by the past

<img width="300" height="300" src="http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Abstract-REGARD-Pendant-feature.jpg" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="Abstract-REGARD-Pendant-feature" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" srcset="http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Abstract-REGARD-Pendant-feature-150x150.jpg 150w, http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Abstract-REGARD-Pendant-feature-125x125.jpg 125w, http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Abstract-REGARD-Pendant-feature.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />On Friday March.....

Margaret Butler: An Invisible Sculptor?

<img width="300" height="300" src="http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Butler-portrait.jpg" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="Butler-portrait" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" srcset="http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Butler-portrait-150x150.jpg 150w, http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Butler-portrait-125x125.jpg 125w, http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Butler-portrait.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />I recently delivered.....

How are we looking? Photo sharing gives us a glimpse into how we look

<img width="590" height="379" src="http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/txnnxr-_-mount-doom-covered-in-snow-590x379.jpg" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="Mount doom covered in snow. Photograph and Instagram post by txnnxr. All rights reserved" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;".....

Art News from Elsewhere

Holocaust survivors' art on display in Berlin


The 'Art From the Holocaust' exhibit at the German Historical Museum is orrganised by the Holocaust memorial group Yad Vashem, and features 100 paintings, drawings and sketches from 53 Holocaust-era artists

Walters Prize 2016


Four artists have been announced by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki as the finalists in this year’s Walters Prize

Extraordinary Interactive Hi-Res Exhibit of Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’


A seductive new multi-media introduction to Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights by Christopher Jacobson

Christchurch Art Gallery reopens 19 December


After five years of frantic activity, the earthquake damaged Christchurch Art Gallery is about to reopen

The 8th Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Triennial at Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (Goma)


Includes work by Rosanna Raymond, Len Lye, Angela Tiatia, and Shigeyuki Kihara

The Feminist is in the Room


Sonja van Kerkhoff on Alexis Hunter

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