Ralph Hotere

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1931, d.2013

Black Painting

  • Purchased 1969
  • Reproduced by permission of the Hotere Foundation Trust
  • Acrylic on canvas
  • 1110 x 912mm
  • 69/631
  • 1969

1969 was a watershed year for Ralph Hotere. It was the year he was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago, which led to his permanent move to Dunedin and Port Chalmers. Black Painting is not only one of the first purely abstract paintings to enter the collection, it is also the first painting by a Māori artist to be acquired. In Hotere’s enigmatic series of Black Paintings from 1968 and 1969, pinstripe circles or lines pierce the void of the dark backgrounds. Black Painting was acquired from the 1969 Group Show in Christchurch by Muir, who had studied under Hotere in Auckland during the mid-1960s.

(1969 Comeback Special 27 August – 6 November 2016)