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<EM>Black Painting</EM> by Ralph Hotere

Curator Megan Tamati-Quennell explains how this work achieved the ideal the artist was striving for


Black Painting by Ralph Hotere
<P>This recording was created for Te Papa’s in-gallery audio tour.</P> <P>Transcript</P> <P><STRONG>Megan Tamati-Quennell</STRONG></P> <P>It’s a work that probably achieved the ideal he was striving for. It’s very resolved and very pulled back. Aesthetically, it’s an extremely beautiful work.</P> <P>David Eggleton, in his essay, talked about Hotere belonging to a family of black colour painters. Those painters include artists like Goya, Matisse, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, (Kasimir) Malevich, and there are many others.</P> <P>Hotere was a meticulous maker of objects. He has been described as a formalist and this particular painting, which is enamel on glass, has a reflection to it. It’s part of the work and part of him wanting to remove himself, in a way, and engage the viewer. His work is really about a reduction. It’s about a subtraction, about taking away until you’re reducing, reducing, until you get the purest, most mimimal form.</P> <P><EM>The next two tracks are in gallery 7.</EM></P>

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Black painting

Ralph Hotere, Black painting, 1968, enamel paint on glass,
Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds.
© Reproduced courtesy of Ralph Hotere
Full object info is available on collections.tepapa.govt.nz