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In this exhibition, the works of two leading artists from two generations come together, conversing in colour, ideas, and sound.
In the early 1960s, Ralph Hotere became the first Māori artist to be embraced by New Zealand’s art mainstream. His contemplative black paintings are among his best known. In 2011, Michael Parekowhai represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale with He kōrero pūrakāu mo te awanui o te motu: story of a New Zealand river as the central sculpture in his installation.
But the obvious success of these artists is only part of what resonates here. Both seek to engage the audience, and each makes the complex seem effortless.
This exhibition toured to:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History: 29 March 2014 – 22 June 2014
Tauranga Art Gallery: 28 June 2014 – 28 September 2014
Whangarei Art Museum: 18 October 2014 – 7 December 2014
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Art Gallery, Auckland: 11 December 2014 – 1 March 2015