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Issue # 13 – Nov 2016

Untitled. From 'The object series'

Alexis Hunter: Year of the crotch

Claire Murdoch looks at the gender politics of the <em>then</em> and the relevance now of the art of feminist photographer, Alexis Hunter
Article
Matt Pine, <em>Placement Projects: revisited</em>, 2016. Photograph by Mike O'Neill. Te Papa

Matt Pine: Placement Projects revisited

Taarati Taiaroa talks <em>M&#257;ori minimalism and international influence</em> with senior M&#257;ori sculptor Matt Pine (Te &#256;ti Awa, Te &#256;ti Hau Nui-a-P&#257;p&#257;rangi, Ng&#257;ti T&#363;wharetoa).
Artist interview
Tattooing, Samoa

Adorned | Whakarakei: The art of tatau and ta moko

Curators Matiu Baker and Sean Mallon discuss the history and practice of tatau and t&#257; moko.
Interview
Orphrey cross

Ten splendid objects

Justine Olsen, Curator of Decorative Art and Design, describes the significance of ten splendid objects from the exhibition <em>European Splendour: 1500&#8211;1800</em>.
Article
Mrs Humphrey Devereux

Deconstructing Splendour

Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, explains the background to <EM>European Splendour 1500&#8211;1800</EM>, an exhibition with the central theme of bright, beautiful objects, and their place in ‘splendid’ people’s lifestyles between 1500 and 1800.
Article
Anthony Byrt, <em>This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art</em>. Auckland University Press, 2016.

Simon Denny: No place to hide

Art critic Anthony Byrt on Simon Denny from his new book <em>This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art</em>.
Book
Portrait of a woman in red

Thank you very much, Ellen Eames!

Curators Sarah Farrar and Rebecca Rice pay tribute to Ellen Eames and her remarkable legacy. Their 'top ten' highlights the wonderful range of works acquired over the last 50 years with the Ellen Eames Collection Fund.
Photo Essay
Art Media

Installing Simon Denny's Secret Power at Te Papa

Time-lapse of Simon Denny’s ground breaking exhibition Secret Power taking over Te Papa’s art gallery.
video
Art news from Te Papa's blog

Double photographs: Your other self?

Curator Photography Athol McCredie takes inspiration from a set of photographs in our collection to explore the idea that there may be another version of.....

Rembrandt comes alive on Collections Online

Dr Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, discusses his Collections Online summaries of Te Papa’s remarkable Rembrandt holdings. Sharing Rembrandt with the world Digital technology.....

A grisly grizzly bear tale for World Animal Day

On World Animal Day, which aims to bring attention to the plight of animals worldwide, Claire Regnault, Senior Curator History, explores the work of Jane.....

Help us identify some 17th century butterflies, moths, and bugs: Part II

This is the second part to Dr Mark Stocker’s series of blogs asking you to help identify a number of butterflies, moths, and other insects.....

Five artworks for people who should be doing chores instead of looking at art

Do you currently have a long list of things you need to do around the house? Modern art curator Chelsea Nichols helps you procrastinate a.....

Help us identify some 17th century butterflies, moths, and bugs

Think you know your bugs? Art curator Dr Mark Stocker has been working on a project along with our bug experts, Dr Phil Sirvid and.....

Garments as canvases and zero waste design: The work of Greta Menzies

What comes to mind when you think of textile design? Fashion? Furnishing? Cloth? Curatorial intern Sonya Withers looks at the work of Greta Menzies. Textile.....

Len Wesney, photographer (1946–2017)

Athol McCredie, Curator Photography, reflects on the life of New Zealand photographer Len Wesney. I was stunned and saddened to learn that Christchurch photographer Len.....

Hei maumaharatanga: Cliff Whiting – Artist, Educator, Rangatira

Tena koutou i o tatou tini mate koutou kua wheturangitia ki te korowai o Ranginui koutou kua wehe atu ki te po ki te tua.....

Cliff Whiting: Visionary, innovator, tōhunga, teacher, scholar, master artist

It is with enormous sadness that Te Papa acknowledges the passing of Cliff Whiting (6 May 1936–16 July 2017). His contribution to Te Papa and.....

Art News from Elsewhere

Holocaust survivors' art on display in Berlin

http://www.nbcnews.com

The 'Art From the Holocaust' exhibit at the German Historical Museum is orrganised by the Holocaust memorial group Yad Vashem, and features 100 paintings, drawings and sketches from 53 Holocaust-era artists

Walters Prize 2016

http://www.aucklandartgallery.com

Four artists have been announced by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki as the finalists in this year’s Walters Prize

Extraordinary Interactive Hi-Res Exhibit of Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’

http://www.thisiscolossal.com

A seductive new multi-media introduction to Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights by Christopher Jacobson

Christchurch Art Gallery reopens 19 December

http://www.radionz.co.nz

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)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz

Includes work by Rosanna Raymond, Len Lye, Angela Tiatia, and Shigeyuki Kihara

The Feminist is in the Room

http://eyecontactsite.com

Sonja van Kerkhoff on Alexis Hunter

New Zealand's rich photographic history

http://www.radionz.co.nz

Athol McCredie interviewed by Lynn Freeman about New Zealand Photography Collected book and exhibition

Converging viewpoints

http://www.odt.co.nz

A joint exhibition of work by photographer Mark Adams and jeweller Areta Wilkinson opens at Dunedin Public Art Gallery