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Issue # 8 – May 2015

Sataua, Savai'i, Western Samoa, 1982. From the series: Polynesia here and there

Here and there

Photographer Glenn Jowitt talks to curator Athol McCredie about some of his photos in the Te Papa collection
Photo Essay
Gretchen Albrecht with her painting; In a shower of gold, 2011.

Colour and voice

Artist Gretchen Albrecht interviewed by curator Mary Kisler
The painted dream garden

Personal and political

Artists Shona Rapira Davies and Emily Karaka interviewed by curator Megan Tamati-Quennell

Four rad female artists of the 1930s–50s

Curator Chelsea Nichols explores how the work of Rita Angus, Doris Lusk, Louise Henderson, and Lois White can help tell a new story about modern New Zealand art
Can do academy #3

Different strokes

Megan Dunn on Splash! Four contemporary New Zealand paintings
Jasmine Underhill. Photograph courtesy of the Underhill family.

Cuppa tea for the Mamas

Yvonne Underhill-Sem and June Underhill on Cook Islands tīvaevae-making in Porirua
Louise Plympton, <EM>Louis Conrad Rosenberg</EM>, 1935. University of Oregon Special Collections.

Place, space, and grace

Curator Mark Stocker on printmaker Louis Rosenberg and the etching revival
The Narrows, North Fjord, Lake Te Anau

A whaleboat with no name

Curator Lissa Mitchell takes a close look at the Burton Brothers’ photograph The Narrows, North Fjord, Lake Te Anau, taken in 1889
Art news from Te Papa's blog

Dreaming of the modern – Helen Hitchings

It was while Helen Hitchings (1920-2002) was in hospital during the early 1940s that the idea of forming a gallery came to her. The Gallery.....

Holy mums-to-be! Rossetti at Te Papa

Mad for Rossetti ‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Even the name is extravagant, evoking Italy’s greatest poet and the angel of the Annunciation. It well suited Rossetti,.....

A Picture in 1000 Words

As I listened to Judith Jones, one of Te Papa’s hosts trained in audio description, describing the tumultuous sea, the approaching storm and the strange.....

Private Jack Dunn: The scale of his war

This is the fourth blog in our series about the real people behind the larger-than-life sculptures featured in Gallipoli: The scale of our war. This.....

Len Lye: under the sea and in New Plymouth

This is a momentous week for modern art in New Zealand – on Saturday, the Len Lye Centre at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New.....

Henry Tonks: Two clean babies reunited

Late last year, Te Papa got an exciting new acquisition for its international art collection: Henry Tonks’ After the bath (1910-11). This sweet Edwardian painting.....

Cold comfort photography

It is the beginning of June in New Zealand and if you are a photographer it is the perfect time to go camping. Despite.....

One out of the glory box – An itsy bitsy teenie weenie….

Well not quite yellow polka dot but a bikini made from a shirt worn in one of New Zealand’s most iconic portraits. This treasured textile.....

How bazaar! J.F. Lewis and the Bezestein, El Khan Khalil, Cairo

The English painter John Frederick Lewis (1804–1876) was a fascinating and brilliant enigma to his contemporaries, and remains so today. He was certainly no.....

Rita Angus: The devil is in the detail

Around 1945, Rita Angus painted a man sitting in an armchair, next to a table of books and a bunch of flowers. Nothing too strange.....

Art Media
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)