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Off the Wall
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Issue #3 – October 2013

Karl Maughan in his Mt Victoria studio, Wellington, August 2013. Photograph by Michael Hall, Te Papa

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

Hamish Clayton talks to artist Karl Maughan in his studio
Ceremonial bracelet

No false foreign paradise

An exclusive extract from Damian Skinner and Kevin Murray’s forthcoming <EM>Place and Adornment</EM>
Untitled (Textile design no VIII)

Cubist dreams and wings like fireflies

Claire Regnault on the textile designs of Frances Hodgkins
Peter at the gallery window, 1989, Dominion Post, Fairfax Media

‘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>
Michael Stevenson, <EM>This is the Trekka</EM>, 2003–05, 1968 Trekka utility vehicle, fabric, styrofoam, aluminium, wood, cardboard, fibreboard, motorised parts, sheepskin, perspex, marble, glass and lead crystal, installed at the New Zealand Pavilion Venice Biennale 2003

Budget travel

Jonathan Bywater on Michael Stevenson’s <EM>This is the Trekka</EM> (2003)
Mary Cassatt, <EM>Baby's back</EM>, 1890, drypoint with soft ground etching, 233 x 162 mm (platemark), 350 x 210 mm (sheet), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Modern Print Fund, 14.1756
Photograph © 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

‘I went and came away in ecstasy’

Rebecca Rice on Mary Cassatt’s <EM>Baby’s Back</EM>
Petrus van der Velden, <EM>Three figures in a landscape</EM>, about 1874, charcoal, crayon, and gouache, 364 x 254 mm, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 1964/22, gift of Morris and Ronald Yock, in memory of their father, 1964
Permission of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki must be obtained before any re-use of this image

A search for fisherfolk motifs

Dieuwertje Dekkers on Petrus van der Velden and Scheveningen

Placement is everything

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

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.....

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.....

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