25 November 2017 – 14 October 2018
An engrossing selection of abstract art by big-name New Zealand artists
Love it or loathe it, abstract art is one of the most fascinating and bewildering achievements of twentieth-century Western art. Artists abandoned painting recognisable objects and scenes from everyday life, instead focusing on shape, form, colour, mark-making and the materials used in the art-making process. Abstract art can be a deeply personal experience for both the artist and viewer. Drawn from the Gallery’s collection, Untitled #1050 brings together abstract work by some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading artists – from the austere, geometric precision of Gordon Walters and Don Driver to the spontaneous expressive paintings of Gretchen Albrecht, Ralph Hotere and Colin McCahon.