If, when we're open, an artist represented in our collection dies, we generally arrange for a work of theirs to be hung at the top of the stairs on the side of the entrance to the Burdon Family Gallery, with a label that notes their contribution and recent passing. I like this simple convention and the respect it shows for an arts practitioner whose contribution to New Zealand art we've thought well enough of to acquire.
We were sad to hear of the recent death of Gordon Crook and acknowledge his work. Gordon came to new Zealand when he was 51 and was well known for the celebratory flag-like banner works he made for many public spaces, including the Michael Fowler Centre when it opened in the early 1980s, as well as his smaller, but no less colourful printed oeuvre.
Campbell Grant Gallery represented him latterly in Christchurch and it was Grant Banbury who let us know of his death last Friday. Unfortunately we cannot hang one of his works at present, but this Bunker Notes entry will record that we would have if we could. Farewell, Gordon.