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Issue # 9 – September 2015

Exposé: The given as an art-political statement


Artist Billy Apple interviewed by Sarah Farrar
Mr Paramena

Gottfried Lindauer’s ‘big OE’

Rebecca Rice on overseas exhibitions of Lindauer’s portraits of Māori
Poet and musician Hinemoana Baker in the Te Papa exhibition <em>Ng&#257;ti Toa Rangatira: He iti whetu | Ng&#257;ti Toa portraits</em>, July 2015

He Kanohi Kitea

A poem by Hinemoana Baker in response to the Te Papa exhibition Ngāti Toa Rangatira: He iti whetū
Can do academy #3

Everything and the studio sink

Te Papa's art curators reveal new additions to the national collection
Art Media

Gretchen Albrecht – artist talk

Auckland-based painter Gretchen Albrecht talks about the process of creating her work In a shower of gold (2011) – now in Te Papa's collection, and about how the history of her own work sustains her now.

Art news from Te Papa's blog

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.....

Long she reigned over us: Queen Victoria at Te Papa

With Queen Elizabeth II’s lengthy reign (my entire lifetime, and more!) now overtaking that of Queen Victoria, it makes sense to look at some of.....

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.....

Art News from Elsewhere

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

Simon Denny, representing New Zealand, exposes the language of state surveillance


Andrew Russeth on Secret Power at the Venice Biennale

New Zealand’s quiet triumph at the Venice Biennale


Anthony Byrt on Simon Denny's Secret Power

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