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Past Issues

Issue #1 – March 2013 View this issue

Article

Colour swatches

Francis Pound explores Gordon Walters’ experiments in chromatic constraint

Interview

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Megan Dunn interviews Andrew McLeod

Article

Difficult signs our speciality

Courtney Johnston on the prophetic visions of Colin McCahon and Rita Angus

Article

Pig islanders painting like Picasso

Linda Tyler talks Orwellian haircuts, boogie-woogie rhythms, and waltzing koru in her introduction to modernism in New Zealand

Article

The class of '66

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki on the pioneers of Māori modernism and the enduring influence of the late Ralph Hotere.

Article

Inside view

Ian Wedde explores changing visions of the landscape – from the sublime to the scorched

Article

After cubism, before pop

A whistle-stop tour of Te Papa’s 20th-century international holdings with Mark Stocker

Article

Rainbow warriors

David Eggleton on Ralph Hotere's blacking factory and Michael Parekowhai's red-hot riddlings

Article

Working with Goldie

Roger Blackley on <EM>Kanohi Kitea</EM> | <EM>Maori & Pacific Encounters</EM>

Article

Taking root in New Zealand

Rebecca Rice on <EM>Framing the View</EM>

Issue #2 – July 2013 View this issue

Article

‘If she can do it, so can I’

Jill Trevelyan on Robin White and the legacy of Rita Angus

Article

Bewilderment

An over-the-shoulder view of Michael Illingworth by Megan Dunn

Article

The nature of looking

Peter Ireland takes a roving tour through the history of photography and the works in <EM>On Looking</EM>

Article

Fluorescence and flotsam

Highlights from Heather Galbraith’s diary of the 55th Venice Biennale

Article

A plastic curve wrote ‘possibilities’

David Bennewith reflects on the work of type designer Joseph Churchward

Video

Waking up the objects

Michel Tuffery talks to curator Sean Mallon about his upbringing, artistic beginnings, and his multi-media works.

Issue #3 – October 2013 View this issue

Interview

‘There’s a lot of language in a garden’

Hamish Clayton talks to artist Karl Maughan in his studio

Article

No false foreign paradise

An exclusive extract from Damian Skinner and Kevin Murray’s forthcoming <EM>Place and Adornment</EM>

Article

Cubist dreams and wings like fireflies

Claire Regnault on the textile designs of Frances Hodgkins

Article

‘The tectonic plates are shifting’

An exclusive extract from Jill Trevelyan's <EM>Peter McLeavey: The Life and Times of a New Zealand Art Dealer</EM>

Article

Budget travel

Jonathan Bywater on Michael Stevenson’s <EM>This is the Trekka</EM> (2003)

Article

‘I went and came away in ecstasy’

Rebecca Rice on Mary Cassatt’s <EM>Baby’s Back</EM>

Article

A search for fisherfolk motifs

Dieuwertje Dekkers on Petrus van der Velden and Scheveningen

Article

Placement is everything

‘Long-term bystander’ Philip Clarke reflects on the movement surrounding the 1988 exhibition <EM>Bone Stone Shell</EM>

Issue #4 – Jan 2014 View this issue

Article

On looking inside

Lissa Mitchell on <EM>Letting Us In</EM> and the domestic interior in photography

Interview

What would yellow look like

Artist Darryn George interviewed by Lara Strongman

Article

Poking holes in the space beyond

Sarah Farrar on Colin McCahon’s environments

Poem

Inside the wild (Te Henga, December 2013)

A poem by Paula Green in response to Colin McCahon’s <EM>Walk (Series C)</EM>

Poem

Ghosting

A poem by James Brown in response to Colin McCahon’s <EM>Walk (Series C)</EM>

Article

Mana modernism

Deidre Brown on the second season of <EM>Te Ao Hou</EM> | <EM>Modern Maori Art</EM>

Issue #5 – May 2014 View this issue

Interview

Out of the darkroom

Jim Barr and Mary Barr interview photographer Peter Peryer

Article

Watermelon and wine

Chelsea Nichols takes a close look at Winifred Knights’ <EM>The Marriage at Cana</EM> (1923)

Article

The George Lucas of 230 years ago

Mark Stocker on Philippe de Loutherbourg and three dramatic depictions of M&#257;ori

Photo Essay

China through the stereoscope

A photo essay journey through China in 1901, selected by Lissa Mitchell

Article

Looking in, looking out

Jess Clifford on the 1980s at the National Art Gallery

Issue #6 - August 2014 View this issue

Interview

Weather forecasts and radio broadcasts

Walters Prize 2014 finalist Maddie Leach interviewed by Abby Cunnane

Interview

Paper bridges

An interview with artist Kerry Ann Lee by Rebecca Rice

Article

Shade, smoke, texture, flesh

Peter Wells on the photographs in <EM>Anonymous Bodies</EM>

Article

Roaming all levels

Nina Tonga on Walters Prize 2014 finalist performance art work <EM>Mo‘ui tukuhausia</EM> by Kalisolaite ‘Uhila

Article

How to collect great art the ‘wrong’ way

Chelsea Nichols explores four things we can learn from the history of collecting modern art at New Zealand’s National Art Gallery

Article

‘The most astonishing Monticelli’

Mark Stocker on a long underrated early modern artist

Special tribute issue – October 2014 View this issue

Article

Tributes to Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (1943–2014)

Friends, colleagues and students of Jonathan Mane-Wheoki remember him and reflect on his legacy.

Issue # 7 – December 2014 View this issue

Article

Child of the revolution

Artist Jacqueline Fahey responds to the life and art of Russian avant-guarde painter Natalia Goncharova

Poem

‘Light and things’

A poem and essay on Bill Culbert’s <EM>Daylight flotsam Venice</EM> and <EM>Drop</EM> by Therese Lloyd

Article

Dragging rabbits out of hats

Megan Tamati-Quennell on Peter Robinson’s chameleon art practice

Interview

Into the void

Sarah Farrar interviews artist Bill Culbert

Article

Pioneering pan-Pacific design

Justine Olsen on modernist designer John Crichton

Article

Top 10 tips for enjoying an art gallery with kids

From art educator Helen Lloyd

Article

Congratulations! You are now a member of the art cult

Sarah Farrar on the works in <EM>Framing the Museum</EM>

Article

Tributes to Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (1943–2014)

Friends, colleagues and students of Jonathan Mane-Wheoki remember him and reflect on his legacy

Issue # 8 – May 2015 View this issue

Photo Essay

Here and there

Photographer Glenn Jowitt talks to curator Athol McCredie about some of his photos in the Te Papa collection

Interview

Colour and voice

Artist Gretchen Albrecht interviewed by curator Mary Kisler

Interview

Personal and political

Artists Shona Rapira Davies and Emily Karaka interviewed by curator Megan Tamati-Quennell

Article

Four rad female artists of the 1930s–50s

Curator Chelsea Nichols explores how the work of Rita Angus, Doris Lusk, Louise Henderson, and Lois White can help tell a new story about modern New Zealand art

Article

Different strokes

Megan Dunn on <EM>Splash! Four contemporary New Zealand paintings</EM>

Article

Cuppa tea for the Mamas

Yvonne Underhill-Sem and June Underhill on Cook Islands t&#299;vaevae-making in Porirua

Article

Place, space, and grace

Curator Mark Stocker on printmaker Louis Rosenberg and the etching revival

Article

A whaleboat with no name

Curator Lissa Mitchell takes a close look at the Burton Brothers’ photograph <EM>The Narrows, North Fjord, Lake Te Anau</EM>, taken in 1889

Issue # 9 – September 2015 View this issue

Interview

Exposé

Artist Billy Apple interviewed by Sarah Farrar

Article

Face to face

Acclaimed writer of Ng&#257;ti Toa descent Patricia Grace gives her response to the Te Papa exhibition <EM>Ng&#257;ti Toa Rangatira: He iti whet&#363;</EM>, which features portraits of her t&#363;puna (ancestors)

Article

Gottfried Lindauer’s ‘big OE’

Rebecca Rice on overseas exhibitions of Lindauer’s portraits of M&#257;ori

Poem

He Kanohi Kitea

A poem by Hinemoana Baker in response to the Te Papa exhibition <EM>Ng&#257;ti Toa Rangatira: He iti whet&#363;</EM>

Article

Everything and the studio sink

Te Papa's art curators reveal new additions to the national collection

Issue # 10 – November 2015 View this issue

Photo Essay

‘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

Article

The photographers’ take

Photographers Peter Black, Max Oettli, David Cook, Neil Pardington, Jane Zusters, and Gary Blackman respond to images from <EM>New Zealand Photography Collected</EM>

Article

Scenery, industry, surface, and scale

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

Article

Photographic afterlives

An extract from the book <EM>New Zealand Photography Collected</EM> by Athol McCredie, published in conjunction with the exhibition

Photo Essay

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

Issue # 11 – March 2016 View this issue

Interview

Some kind of sublime: information, illegitimacy, and the Snowden files

Artist Simon Denny interviewed by Laura Preston

Article

Above the kitchen sink

Mark Amery on the exhibition <EM>Inspired: Ceramics and jewellery shaped by the past</EM>

Story

Appreciation

A short story by Pip Adam responding to the exhibition <EM>Open Home</EM>

Interview

From Open Home to Suburban Dreams

Te Papa curator Sarah Farrar talks to the Dowse Art Museum’s Sian van Dyk about the connections between two current exhibitions exploring the art of home life: <EM>Open Home</EM> and <EM>Suburban Dreams</EM>

Article

Collapse and freedom

Megan Tamati-Quennell explores artist Graham Fletcher’s ‘Lounge Room Tribalism’

Photo Essay

Seeing as I said so

Some thoughts on photography for the young and curious by Gregory O'Brien, author of <EM>See What I Can See</EM>

Issue # 12 – Aug 2016 View this issue

Interview

Silver windows

Artist Andrew Beck interviewed by Athol McCredie

Article

‘The national collection of the future’: the gift of Sir Harold Beauchamp

Jill Trevelyan considers the Harold Beauchamp Fund, a legacy that has lasted nearly a century

Article

Artists in Wonderland

New Zealand’s ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the Pink and White Terraces, was buried 130 years ago in the eruption of Mt Tarawera. Rebecca Rice highlights paintings and photographs from Te Papa’s collection that feature this magical ‘wonderland’ and inspire a sense of awe in viewers to this day.

Article

Artists in Wonderland

New Zealand’s ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the Pink and White Terraces, was buried 130 years ago in the eruption of Mt Tarawera. Rebecca Rice highlights paintings and photographs from Te Papa’s collection that feature this magical ‘wonderland’ and inspire a sense of awe in viewers to this day.

Article

Emprinted on your mind

Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, explores a selection of paper treasures recently purchased by Te Papa

Article

‘Everything I paint has the sense of being alive’: From nature to abstraction in the work of Rita Angus

Tony Mackle on Rita Angus &#8211; an extract from <EM>Rita Angus: Life and Vision</EM> edited by William McAloon and Jill Trevelyan