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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
Interview
The painted dream garden

Personal and political

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

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
Article
Can do academy #3

Different strokes

Megan Dunn on Splash! Four contemporary New Zealand paintings
Article
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
Article
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
Article
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
Article
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One out of the glory box – An itsy bitsy teenie weenie….

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The other Princess Charlotte

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Tony Whincup, photographer, 1944–2015

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Visual language workshop for teachers

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The Gallery of Helen Hitchings – mixing the modern – art and design

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Artist Fiona Connor’s Can Do Academy

Contemporary New Zealand artist Fiona Connor’s art work Can do academy #3, 2004, is currently on display as part of Splash! Four Contemporary New Zealand.....

Introducing Spencer Westmacott: farmer, soldier, artist

Behind every man in uniform is a rich story. Spencer Westmacott (1885-1960) was an officer with the 16th Waikato Regiment which departed New Zealand for.....

Art Media
Art News from Elsewhere

Conversation with Yvonne Todd

http://ocula.com

An interview with Todd about the survey show Creamy Psychology at City Gallery Wellington

Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land

http://au.blouinartinfo.com

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

http://publicdomainreview.org

Curator Lissa Mitchell picks out examples by three early-20th-century photographers

Best of 2014

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com

The year in art discoveries

Simon Denny on Nine to Noon

http://www.radionz.co.nz

Simon Denny talks to Kathryn Ryan about his work (31:50)

Yvonne Todd

http://www.radionz.co.nz

Psychological photography (38:55)