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Issue #1 – March 2013

Half-size colour study for Kura

Colour swatches

Francis Pound explores Gordon Walters’ experiments in chromatic constraint
Article
Andrew McLeod at his Auckland home studio. Photograph by Megan Dunn

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Megan Dunn interviews Andrew McLeod
Interview
Rutu

Difficult signs our speciality

Courtney Johnston on the prophetic visions of Colin McCahon and Rita Angus
Article
Art Union ticket salesman / Cuba St 1945

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 canoe prow

The class of '66

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki on the pioneers of Māori modernism and the enduring influence of the late Ralph Hotere.
Article
Nauru (cantilever)

Inside view

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

After cubism, before pop

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

Rainbow warriors

David Eggleton on Ralph Hotere's blacking factory and Michael Parekowhai's red-hot riddlings
Article
C. F. Goldie in his studio with Patara te Tuhi

Working with Goldie

Roger Blackley on <EM>Kanohi Kitea</EM> | <EM>Maori & Pacific Encounters</EM>
Article
Landscape with settlers

Taking root in New Zealand

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

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.....

Buongiorno! Ecco l’arte italiana! Italian Art at Te Papa

Ciao a tutti! Dr Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, takes a look at some of the fascinating and beautiful Italian art that’s in Te.....

Meeting a man I will never know: Jonathan Mane-Wheoki

Ruby Abraham, a Museum and Heritage Studies student at Victoria University, has spent the last 5 weeks on placement at Te Papa working intimately with.....

Remembering New Zealand artist Guy Ngan (1926-2017)

Athol McCredie, Curator of Photography, pays tribute to artist Guy Ngan, whose works adorn buildings and public spaces around the country. We note with regret.....

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