Blair Jackson has been appointed the new director of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.
Christchurch Art Gallery is the heart of the city.
Juliet Peter: Where the Line Leads
Delightful observations of character and place, from rural Canterbury to bustling 1950s London.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi The Drawbridge, Plate VII (second state) from the series Invenzioni Capric di Carceri
Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s The Drawbridge is one of sixteen plates from a folio of prints depicting imaginary prisons that has repeatedly haunted and inspired writers, artists and architects for over two and a half centuries. Three of Piranesi’s Carceri engravings, for example, were included in Alfred H. Barr’s exhibition Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1936.
First issued in 1749–50, but attracting little attention to begin with, the series was republished with heavily reworked plates in 1761, yielding darker, more detailed and more resolved prints that brought an attendant increase to their public reception and acclaim. (Above ground, 2015)
This article first appeared as 'Painting offers a multiverse of symbols' in The Press on 21 June 2017.