Tonight at 6pm, come along and listen to curator Peter Vangioni present an illustrated lecture on artist and printmaker Eileen Mayo’s life and work. FREE - Philip Carter Family Auditorium. Then come and get your copy of Eileen Mayo: Nature, Art and Poetry in the Design Store. ______ #latenight #theartgallery #publictalk #eileenmayo #art #exhibition #book #bookstagram
In this issue, Roger Collins looks at the Pacific etchings of eighteenth-century French artist Charles Meryon, who sailed around New Zealand on the Rhin, visiting the French settlement of Akaroa in 1843. And Lara Strongman talks to prominent British artist John Stezaker, who is known for his distinctive, often deceptively simple, collages. Resolutely analogue in a digital era, he works with scalpel and glue, slicing images and joining them together in new configurations. We also hear from Gwynneth Porter and Ani O’Neill, who talk about the collaborative nature of work. Pagework comes from Holly Best, who recently featured in our Devil’s Blind Spot exhibition; My Favourite is by Victor Rodger, who finds familiarity and past adventures in another work from that same exhibition, our recent purchase Seta by Ane Tonga. Our Postcard comes from former Gallery guide, Margaux Warne, who revels in some of Paris’s smaller museums and galleries.
In this issue also, art historian and curator, Priscilla Pitts, considers trends in collecting for Christchurch’s public art collection during Jenny harper’s time here as the Gallery’s director; and Christina Barton, director of the Adam Art Gallery, writes of working with and knowing Jenny for a number of years.
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Only one day left to get a special something for Valentine's Day. May we suggest a delicious bottle of Rosé! This is more than just a bottle of wine – it’s one of four limited edition Art Wines, made with love from @Greystonewines and labelled by New Zealand artist, Judy Miller’s, work. All profits go towards the @chchartgallery Foundation to help keep Ōtautahi, Christchurch booming with creativity. So shower you...
Give your Valentine a laugh this week with one of these humerous cards, or treat them to a reproduction print of Wayne Youle's 'Lovers.' _____ #showthelove #valentinesday #sayitwithart #wayneyoule #print #lovers
For all the writers, Pop Art lovers and unicorn fans, have we got the earrings for you! These great designs come as three different sets and are 22 karat gold gilt. ____ #jewellery #earrings #collect #mixandmatch #writing #notepad #popart #warhol #unicorn #rainbow
Eileen Mayo: Nature, Art and Poetry is now open! Come and see the new exhibition and buy the beautiful publication in store. ____ #eileenmayo #art #artist #exhibition #artgallery #new #book #artbook #publication
This is a must have book for followers of Simon Denny's work. 'The Artists Who Will Change the World is a new global map of art that points to the future. Unlike a traditional atlas, its cartography illustrates a world of international artists who may not yet be household names, but who will undoubtedly shape the art of tomorrow..' - Thames & Hudson ______ #art #book #artbook #bookstagram #exhibition #simondenny...
Friends of the Christchurch Art Gallery are invited to celebrate the exhibition opening and book launch for 'Hidden Light: Early Canterbury and West Coat Photography' and 'Eileen Mayo: Nature, Art and Poetry' coming up on Friday 1st February. Just another great reason to be our Friend! Just a friendly reminder that RSVP is due this Friday - firstname.lastname@example.org _____ #nightatthegallery #new #exhibitions #booklaunch #books
Today is the last day to see Luigi Rossini: Le Antichità Romane. A selection of the beautiful etchings are still available as reproduction digital prints for $40, postcards for $2.50 or $25 for a 10 pack online. ______ #rome #italy #antiquity #etching #architecture #luigirossini #exhibition #art #gallery
For the month of January Friends of the Christchurch Art Gallery received 20% off reproduction stills of Steve Carr's work 'Chasing the Light'. Bring in your friend's membership card to receive this special offer. _____ #fireworks #stevecarr #filmstill #photography #instore #specialdeal #art #gallery #exhibition
Make this year extra special with an art calendar! What could be better than having a different painting on your wall very month, and of course, all your important dates in one place. ______ #art #calendar #2019 #sortyourlife
Last minute Christmas shopping? We’re open till 5pm tonight. Who wants to go to the mall when you can shop Gallery-style? We're stocked up with fabulous gifts just in time for Christmas. Pop in, grab a coffee, enjoy an exhibition or two and get your Christmas shopping sorted all in one spot. _____ #designstore #seasonsgreetings
Our jewellery cabinet is full to the brim with inspiring pieces from New Zealand and international designers. Treat your loved one to something different this Christmas. ____ #jewellery #earrings #necklace #pendant #ring #brooch #pin #pounamu #greenstone #gold #silver #bronze
Looking for the perfect present that is a bit different? Come in store and we can help. We would love to be your personal shopper. This Wednesday is our last late night of the year. Both the Gallery and Design Store are open till 9pm. _____ #latenight #shopping #artgallery #christmas #gifts #presents
The perfect art activity book for young people this Christmas! Bold, bright and a little bit bananas, ART-TASTIC gets into the nitty gritty of how to look at, connect with and make art. Aimed at 8–12 year olds with BIG imaginations. Buy in store or online for $29.99. _______ #art #books #childrensbooks #activitiesforkids #education #drawing #puzzles #games
B.194 is the Gallery's award winning magazine. Available in the Design Store for only $10. This issue features cover artwork by artist Jess Johnson and Simon Ward. _______ #art #gallery #magazine #articles #exhibitions #chchartgallery #summerart
Silk scarves makes the perfect summer accessory, especially this beautiful black and white design inspired by Gordon Walter's paintings. ____ #gordonwalters #exhibiton #scarf #silk #fashion #accesories #handmade #blackandwhite
What could be better than art books for Christmas? Check out our range of New Zealand and international publications. They'll look great on the coffee table. ____ #art #books #bookshelf #bookstagram #gift #presents
Stuck with what to get the kids for Christmas? Every child should have a copy of 'Oh Boy' by Stuart Lipshaw and 'Go Girl' by Barbara Else on their bookcase. What could be better than learning about amazing New Zealanders? Featured background is new wrapping paper. _____ #books #childrensbooks #bookish #puffinbooks #ohboy #gogirl #famouswomen #famousmen #christmas #presents
We now have five colours of branded Gallery tote bags, and we’re giving away one with each purchase over $100. Fill them with as much as you can! Otherwise available to purchase for $10. _____ #totebag #shoppingbag #giveaway #bright #accessory #designstore
Throwback to the other week when Jess Johnston paid us a visit. Have you got your hands on the new stickers yet? _____ #jessjohnson #stickers #art #artist #artworks #chchartgallery
Gordon Walters: New Vision has opened! We have everything from silk scarves, cushions, tea towels, tote bags and reproduction prints; as well as the New Vision publication, published by Auckland Art Gallery Toi Tamaki and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. #gordonwalters #newvision #exhibition #chchartgallery #artgallery #art #painting
Jess Johnston sticker are brand new to the Design Store! Mix and match to create your own artwork, decorate your phone, diary, or scooter. They are perfect for indoor and outdoor use. Head over to @chchartgallery to see 'Genetekker Archaic', her new work with Simon Ward on the gallery's bunker and foyer screens. _____ #jessjohnson #simonward #art #nzart #chchartgallery #exhibition #stickers #figures #symbols
The Christchurch Art Gallery's brand new publication has just hit the shelves! ART-TASTIC is an activity book for young people with minty-fresh imaginations. Inside this book you'll find pictures of some of the best you'll ever see in Aotearoa New Zealand. There are activities to do and questions to answer - and by the time you've finished, you'll have your own artist's workbook full of masterpieces that will make you...
We have a full range of @odeme nail polish back with new colours, Gold Lion, Amsterdam and Dress Code! #odeme #nailpolish #nails #colour #manicure #pedicure
Classic white and gold beads are always a hit. #decorate #beads #tree #star #heart
All welcome to the launch of Colours of a Life: The life and times of Douglas MacDiarmid by Anna Cahill, a richly edited biography of one of New Zealand's most accomplished expatriate painters. Signed editions also available! ____ Come along tonight 7.30pm Meet under the stairs Free #douglasmacdiarmid #books #booklaunch #art #painting
Take home a memory from 'Philip Trusttum: Just a Glimpse'. We have a new reproduction print and cards from the works he generously presented to the Gallery. ____ Philip Trusttum Amer, 2006 Acrylic on canvas 2520 x 4820mm Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, presented by the artist, 2009 _____ #philiptrusttum #painting #exhibition #chchartgallery #prints #cards
Free Tee! We've said goodbye to Tony de Lautour's Us V Them and shortly it's farewell to his Silent Patterns on our bunker. In support of these, our Tony de Lautour t-shirts have been a Design Store favourite - even getting national TV coverage! Their numbers are now becoming limited, but while they last, we're offering our Friends if the Art Gallery a FREE t-shirt with every one purchased over...
The Art Gallery and Design Store are open late tonight, until 9pm! #nightattheartgallery #halloween #afterdark #kokeshi #kokeshidoll #skeleton
Saturday night's Art Do saw the launch of new art-beer and art-wine collaborations with Judy Millar X @greystonewines and Zina Swanson X @threeboysbrewery. We're excited to be selling both in the Design Store, with all proceeds going back to the Art Gallery! #ArtDo18 #event #collaboration #judymillar #zinaswanson #art #artgallery #chchartgallery
We're excited to get our hands on the new Destination Art from Phaidon! Especially since our Martin Creed features as one of the top artworks in the world worth taking a trip for. Martin Creed Work No. 2314 Collection of the Chrischurch Art Gallery; commissioned by Christchurch At Gallery Foundation, gift of Neil Graham (Grumps), 2015 _____ #phaidon #destination #art #books #artbooks #top #500 #martincreed #installation #artphotography
We have everything you need for longer days, festive nights and special people! #fireworks #stevecarr #seedlip #drinks #hipflask #odeme #nailpolish #elassaad #jewellery #rocksdrinks #lighting #confetticannon #light
Books make the perfect gift for many occasions! Whether it's birthdays, Christmas or school holidays; come and peruse our bookshelf and get some great ideas. ____ #books #reading #bookshelf #children #gift #shopping
Fresh into the Design Store and soon to be the hottest accessory in town (ok, we might be a little biased). We’re giving away a branded Gallery tote with each purchase over $100 until the end of November, or until they are gone. Show your Gallery pride and get one now! Otherwise available to purchase for $10. #totebag #shoppingbag #giveaway #bright #accessory #designstore
The artist uses a numbering system for his work. The words in this work read 'Everything is going to be alright.'
Gordon Walters is best-known for work that fused the influence of European modernist art and Māori and Pacific art forms, particularly the koru motif of painted kōwhaiwhai rafter designs. Walters’ influences from European modernism included the hard-edged geometric abstractions of Victor Vasarely and Auguste Herbin, seen while in Europe in 1950–51. Walters made his first optically charged ‘koru paintings’ in 1956, but didn’t show them until 1966 when he first exhibited this painting in Auckland.
Walters’ adaptation of the koru has been both admired and criticised by cultural commentators. Walters himself, when discussing the motif, increasingly focused on the fine mechanics of abstraction:
'What I’ve done to the form is push it more in the direction of geometry. So that I can have in my painting not only a positive/negative effect of black and white, but I can also have a working of vertical and horizontal, which is equally important.' (Op + Pop, 6 February – 19 June 2016)
This pared back, strikingly modern Madonna and child was painted in the Christchurch suburb of Phillipstown where Colin McCahon, perhaps New Zealand’s most acclaimed twentieth-century artist, lived with his family between 1948 and 1953. In contrast to the typically grander, often lavish treatment of this traditional subject within art history, McCahon’s composition is personal and startlingly bare, reduced to two naked figures framed within a rough oval that emphasises their close and enduring connection. Without haloes, thrones or attending angels, their identity is alluded to only through their grave sense of purpose and the work’s uncompromising title.
McCahon gave There is only one direction to the renowned writer James K. Baxter and his wife Jacqueline, marking the friendship between the two families and McCahon’s position as godfather to their young daughter Hilary. The painting sat above Baxter’s writing desk for many years.
(Unseen: The Changing Collection, 18 December 2015 – 19 June 2016)
Pickaxes and Shovels
See the lives of the early settlers and Kāi Tahu tangata whenua in this selection of extraordinary works by frontier Pākehā artists.
John Stezaker: Lost World
British artist John Stezaker is known for his distinctive, often deceptively simple, collages.
Yellow Moon: He Marama Kōwhai
Yellow is a colour with impact – it’s time to encounter its brilliance.
Welcome to Christchurch Art Gallery’s first Bulletin of 2018, B.191.
In this issue, Roger Collins looks at the Pacific etchings of eighteenth-century French artist Charles Meryon, who sailed around New Zealand on the Rhin, visiting the French settlement of Akaroa in 1843. Meryon continued to create images of the South Pacific throughout his life as exemplars of a possible alternative to the ‘social hell of a great European city’.
Charles Meryon: Etcher of Banks Peninsula
French explorers, natural historians, whalers and Catholic missionaries were increasingly present in the south-west Pacific from the mid-eighteenth century, but there was also a political thread in this activity. During the 1820s some in France saw New Zealand as a potential penal colony, and the project that saw a handful of French colonists settle on Banks Peninsula in 1840 made an official French presence in the region even more appropriate. This took the form of a French naval base, the ‘New Zealand station’, established at Akaroa in 1840.
Sometimes Going Back Is A Way Of Going Forward
John Stezaker is an English conceptual artist, acknowledged as a significant influence on the YBA generation. He has been working since the mid-1970s, while achieving international acclaim for his work in the past fifteen years. His exhibition Lost World opens at Christchurch Art Gallery in March 2018. He spoke to senior curator Lara Strongman on a visit to Aotearoa New Zealand in August 2017.
Raising the Stakes
On the opening of the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū Jenny Harper, then at Victoria University Wellington, wrote that the challenge for the newly opened Gallery was ‘to raise the stakes by acknowledging it is no longer the McDougall but is poised to become the force in the New Zealand art scene that Christchurch deserves.’ When, three years later, she became director of the Gallery, that’s exactly what she set out to achieve on several fronts. One of those was developing the collection.
Zero Degrees of Separation
The New Zealand art world is an intimate place but my connection to Jenny Harper runs deeper than the usual bonds of a small community. Admitting this is a necessary disclaimer. I’m not an objective commentator; Jenny is family, literally. And professionally, I owe her plenty. What follows are some personal recollections about the Jenny I know through the associations we share, on the occasion of her imminent departure from the Christchurch Art Gallery, where she has been director since October 2006, making this the longest role in her distinguished career.
Ane Tonga's Seta
There’s a moment in my play Black Faggot when a gay Samoan man describes the moment he sees ‘this fine chocolate piece of mmmmmm’ on the dancefloor at a nightclub.
‘…he looked over at me and then he smiled and then I was like, Damn, he’s a Tongan. He had a mouthful of gold in there…’
We’re delighted to announce that Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū has won a number of accolades at the 21st Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards. The prestigious annual awards celebrate excellence in the Australasian museum sector and were presented on Tuesday evening during a gala dinner in Melbourne.