Backstory: First Issues

23 May – 23 September 2019

A series of exhibitions highlighting treasures from the Gallery’s library and archive

The Robert and Barbara Stewart Library and Archives is the Gallery’s research library. A new series of exhibitions showcasing some of the gems from the library collection opens with First Issues, featuring issue number one of six important New Zealand art magazines. Each began with the aim of sharing information about exhibitions and events, but also represented dissatisfaction with the state of art writing in New Zealand. Each of these first issues represents an attempt to increase knowledge about New Zealand art and to improve the quality of what was written about it. Complete runs of all six magazines and more are held in our Library. We welcome visitors so if you would like to use the library, please contact the librarian.