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Issue # 10 – November 2015

Peter McLeavey with Michael Smither’s <EM>Fourteen Stations of the Cross, in memory of Rita Angus</EM>, September–October 1970, Peter McLeavey Gallery. Photograph by John B Turner.

‘I run towards the Sun. I touch the face of God.’

Biographer and curator Jill Trevelyan remembers pioneering art dealer Peter McLeavey (1936–2015) with a selection of works from the national art collection that were purchased from the Peter McLeavey Gallery
Photo Essay
Featherston. From the series: Urban landscapes

The photographers’ take

Photographers Peter Black, Max Oettli, David Cook, Neil Pardington, Jane Zusters, and Gary Blackman respond to images from New Zealand Photography Collected
Carleton Watkins, <EM> Mirror Lake, Yosemite</EM>, <EM>c</EM>. 1865, albumen print, 521 x 399 mm. Library of Congress.

Scenery, industry, surface, and scale

Photographer Wayne Barrar and poet Kerry Hines respond to the exhibition of historic landscape photographs by Carleton Watkins
New Zealand 15.3.1991

Photographic afterlives

An extract from the book New Zealand Photography Collected by Athol McCredie, published in conjunction with the exhibition
Sir Frank Short

Come up and see my etchings

Victoria University art history lecturer David Maskill takes a fresh look at the etching revival and its surprising links with New Zealand
Photo Essay
Art Media
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Art News from Elsewhere

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

Portraits and snaps


Te Papa's photographic collection on show

Te Papa buys ‘priceless’ artwork depicting land wars


New acquisition of painting by William Strutt revealed

Are we entering a ‘post-photographic’ age?


Making sense of the photograph in the web era

Simon Denny to show at Serpentine Gallery


New Zealand artist Simon Denny has been invited to mount a solo exhibition at London’s prestigious Serpentine Gallery, following his highly successful Secret Power exhibition for the New Zealand pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale

McCahon's Walk (Series C) on display at the Adam Art Gallery


Mark Amery on The Specious Present featuring Andrew Beck, Colin McCahon, Keith Tyson, and David Claerbout, curated by Christina Barton