The Artful Dodger
Join us next Wednesday for the fascinating (somewhat scandalous) story of the life and exploits of Sir Rex Nan Kivell.
Oliver Stead, curator of drawings, paintings and prints at the Alexander Turnbull Library, presents an entertaining view of the life, heritage and legacy of Rex Nan Kivell. One of the most successful art dealers in London, Nan Kivell represented many famous artists, owned many famous paintings, and made many spectacular gifts to libraries, museums and galleries around the world, including Christchurch Art Gallery.Continue reading
Reopening, Redesigning and Returning
When I wrote my foreword for B.182, we were edging closer and closer to reopening; still anticipating this major milestone after almost five years. Having made the vaguely reckless decision to open our doors, come what may, at 10am on 19 December 2015 – a mere week after project completion – we stuck to that deadline.
Kamala, Astral and Charlotte, Lyttelton, March 1983
Laurence Aberhart's 1983 photograph of Lyttelton children is displayed on our Gloucester Street billboard.
Meet Kylie Hansen from Christchurch. She's the lucky winner of our Art Makes Me selfie competion.
When we asked Tony de Lautour to produce a new work for the Bunker—the name Gallery staff give to the small, square elevator building at the front of the forecourt on Montreal Street—he proposed a paint scheme inspired by Dazzle camouflage. Associated with the geometric near-abstraction of the vorticist movement, Dazzle was developed by British and American artists during the First World War to disguise shipping. It was a monumental form of camouflage that aimed not to hide the ship but to break up its mass visually and confuse enemies about its speed and direction. In a time before radar and sonar were developed, Dazzle was designed to disorientate German U-boat commanders looking through their periscopes, and protect the merchant fleets.
Senior curator Lara Strongman spoke with Tony de Lautour in late January 2016.
Private Lodgings is a portrait of a lost Christchurch building that dates most probably from the 1860s.
When Bill Sutton painted it in 1954, it was an increasingly decrepit boarding house, on the corner of Manchester and Southwark streets, just out of the central city - opposite the much more famous Coker's Hotel.