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Off the Wall
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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
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.
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>.
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.
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>.
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.
Art news from Te Papa's blog

New Zealand at the Venice Biennale: Our most ambitious learning resource yet

Head of Learning Innovation Miri Young introduces a digital learning resource for teachers which bridges the gap between New Zealand and Venice, and brings the.....

Is LEGO art?

Our Curator of Historical International Art, Dr Mark Stocker, is a big LEGO® fan: “I’m a geometrical kind of guy. I love eating Toblerone and.....

A plastered pastoral for Christmas

Dr Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, looks at a remarkable print of drunken excess in the collection by 17th century Spanish artist Jusepe de.....

‘It’s the objects that sparkle, not me’: A day in the life of an art collection manager

Museum jobs are hugely varied and there are hundreds of us who work behind the scenes caring for collection objects and getting exhibitions ready. One.....

Movembering Dr Hassell and his magnificent mo

Rebecca Rice, Curator Historical New Zealand Art, explores a mystery behind Dr Gray Hassell’s magnificent moustache. There are two main reasons I feel an affinity.....

Five things you never knew about Rodin

Art curator Mark Stocker highlights five fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) enjoyed a 20-year.....

Rewriting New Zealand art: Francis Pound (1948-2017)

The art team at Te Papa were saddened to hear about the passing of art historian and curator Dr Francis Pound on 15 October 2017......

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.....

Art News from Elsewhere

Holocaust survivors' art on display in Berlin

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

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’

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

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