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Issue #5 – May 2014

Peter Peryer, April 2013. Photograph by Jim Barr & Mary Barr

Out of the darkroom

Jim Barr and Mary Barr interview photographer Peter Peryer
The marriage at Cana

Watermelon and wine

Chelsea Nichols takes a close look at Winifred Knights’ The Marriage at Cana (1923)
Thomas Gainsborough, <EM>Portrait of Philippe de Loutherbourg</EM>, 1778 or before. By permission of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery.

The George Lucas of 230 years ago

Mark Stocker on Philippe de Loutherbourg and three dramatic depictions of Māori
Street from one of the Nightwatch Bridges, Canton (Guangzhou)

China through the stereoscope

A photo essay journey through China in 1901, selected by Lissa Mitchell
Photo Essay
The blue hat

Looking in, looking out

Jess Clifford on the 1980s at the National Art Gallery
Art News from Elsewhere

A question of art ethics

A range of practitioners have been interviewed about their thoughts and experiences.

If I live I’ll see you tuesday

Pro skateboarder Chris Martin goes behind-the-scenes at Christie's auction house

Today's typography

British graphic designer Paul Barnes, who has designed type for the Guardian newspaper was in New Zealand recently as a guest of The Designers Institute of New Zealand.

School snaps

Peter Ireland on a new show of photos that radiate genuine fun, optimism and something even approaching happiness

Top ten topless

Jonathan Jones blogs about the top 10 sexiest works of art ever, from Egon Schiele to Titian and Robert Mapplethorpe

Wellington's festival of photography

Peter Ireland takes a look at recent photography shows in Wellington, including Letting Us In

Poetry about painting

Greg O'Brien discusses poetry about painting, with reference to the work of Ashleigh Young, and the Te Papa project Walk With Me: Contemporary Poets Respond to Colin McCahon.

The painting and the poem

Ashleigh Young blogs on writing a poem in response to Colin McCahon’s late beach-painting Walk (Series C)

Art Media

McCahon Series: Walk – A Response

Riki Gooch and The Sound Institute perform a sonic journey past the 14 ‘stations’ in Colin McCahon’s sweeping multi-canvas work Walk (Series C).
Art news from Te Papa's blog

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Unpacking Shi Lu

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Shi Lu and the Year of the Horse

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The tale of the Te Papa taniwha

This blog comes from our lovely Audience Engagement intern, Shonagh Lowerson-Head: On Sunday 2nd March, as part of our Seaweek Family Fun Day, a new.....

Teacher Professional Development: Visual Culture and Visual Arts in ECE

Art galleries are a great resource for young learners, but often teachers can feel quite daunted at the prospect of visiting them! One of our.....

Alexis Hunter (1948-2014)

Te Papa is saddened to hear about the death of London-based New Zealand artist Alexis Hunter on 24 February 2014. Three years after completing her.....

A Theremin goes for a walk in Nga Toi.

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Riki Gooch walks with McCahon.

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A walk along Muriwai Beach

It was one of the best days this year for me: walking along the vast, luminous west coast beach with jeweller Alan Preston. He.....