We stand with the Muslim members of our community. We will broadcast the call to prayer at 1.30pm today followed by two minutes of silence at 1.32pm and invite you to join us. Let’s stand strong, stand together and stand up.
This issue of Bulletin features cover artwork created specifically for the magazine by artist Tony de Lautour.
We have a focus on some significant but under-exposed works from our collection, selected by our curators to highlight the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of Aotearoa New Zealand’s decision, after years of political struggle, to grant the right to vote to all adults by extending suffrage to women. We also hear from Sara Devine of New York’s Brooklyn Museum, who looks at the museum’s ASK Brooklyn app and the direct changes that an improved understanding of an institution’s audiences can inspire. Gallery curator Peter Vangioni looks at a rarely seen work by one of this country’s best-known artists— Rita Angus. Gasworks is a new loan to the Gallery, generously made by the family who have owned this key work since the early 1940s. And our senior curator Lara Strongman looks at one of the most popular works in our collection— Petrus van der Velden’s melancholy Dutch funeral procession. Lara talks about our decision to return the painting to the original title given to it by the artist.
Also in this issue, we have an extract from Peter Robinson’s interview with Tony de Lautour, whose US V THEM exhibition opened at the Gallery in early May. This interview is taken from our significant new book on de Lautour, which is available to purchase here. Our Pagework is from photographic artist Andrew Beck, My Favourite is from James Dann, who picks Tony de Lautour’s Underworld 2, and our postcard comes from André Hemer in Vienna.
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Back in stock! Hidden Light: Early Canterbury and West Coast Photography. By Ken Hall with Haruhiko Sameshima. In uncovering the remarkable, largely unseen work of early New Zealand photographers, Hidden Light: Early Canterbury and West Coast Photography is an exploration of an often overlooked aspect of our artistic past. This publication highlights the sometimes unsettling stories of photographers at work in nineteenth-century Te Waipounamu. Spectacular landscapes by skilled amateurs and...
We now have 15 of Eileen Mayo's beautiful artworks available as greeting cards. These are bank inside for your own special message and are perfect for any occasion! ____ #sayitwithart #eileenmayo #greetingcards #art #cards #botanics #cats #nativebirds
The new autumn issue of Bulletin features cover artwork by American artist William Wegman. The exhibition William Wegman: Being Human opens on 6 April. This is the first and only New Zealand exhibition of his photographic work! Cover image: William Wegman, Cut to Reveal, 1997. Colour Polaroid photography. Courtesy the artist. © William Wegman _______ #art #gallery #magazine #articles #exhibitions #chchartgallery
Woop! Our ART-TASTIC book for minty fresh kids has just been listed as one of Storylines’ Notable Books for 2019. Yes way! It’s in pretty fine company too – check out the list here. https://www.storylines.org.nz/Awards/Storylines+Notable+Books+Awards/Storylines+Notable+Books+List+2019.html] ______ #art #books #childrensbooks #games #puzzles #education #activitiesforkids
Looking for a creative project to get stuck into? We have lots of activities to choose from, like this Carve A Stamp Kit from @yellowowlworkshop. Create your own stamps and get busy making your own unique prints. : @yellowowlworkshop ______ #stamp #carve #printing #diy #create #craft #art #activity #project
We're excited to be selling 'Headcase' pendants by artist Julia Morison. These are unique pieces for her new exhibition. Made from glazed porcleain, there's only 48 in the editon, so come in and have a look before they sell out. #juliamorison #headcase #porcelain #pendant #necklace #art #artwork #sculpture _____ The exhibition, Julia Morison: Head[case] runs 23 February - 14 July 2019
These stunning reproduction prints are now available in the Design Store. Come in and see the new exhibition, Eileen Mayo: Nature, Art and Poetry, at @chchartgallery, and choose your favourite work to take home. #prints #art #eileenmayo #exhibition #screenprint #etching #botanics #greenhouse #cats ______ Also available in white frame and matted unframed.
We're excited to have 10 copies of the brand new record One Hand Loose from Delaney Davidson & Bruce Russell. There's only 200 of these in existence so get your hands on one! Side B features a special live recording of The Last Ride at the Christchurch Art Gallery. @delaney_davidson #brucerussell #ilampressrecords #vinyl #record #recording #music #live #specialedition
'Inspired by nature, Trovelore's line of brooches are exquisitely hand embroidered using artisanal skills and illustrative vintage appeal. The choice of materials and colours is mindfully selected creating organic textures that reveal a life like precious quality.' _____ You'll find these beautiful brooches on our new Eileen Mayo table. #brooches #embroideryart #organic #botanic #nature #accessories
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
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
Cerith Wyn Evans: Things are Conspicuous in their Absence...
Cerith Wyn Evans is an artist with a rich conceptual practice. This work was acquired and displayed to mark the retirement of Christchurch Art Gallery’s long-standing and much-loved director Jenny Harper.
Our Collection: 19th and 20th Century New Zealand Art
Our lively new historical collection exhibitions explore Māori architecture, colonial portraiture, early landscape painting and mid-century abstraction.
US V THEM: Tony de Lautour
Welcome to the low brow, high art world of Tony de Lautour’s paintings, sculptures and ceramics.
Welcome to the winter 2018 edition of Bulletin—my first as director of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.
The World Tossed Continuously in a Riot of Colour, Form, Sound
One hundred and twenty five years ago, after years of political struggle, Aotearoa New Zealand granted all adults the right to vote by extending suffrage to women. To mark this anniversary, for this issue of Bulletin our curators have written about some of the Gallery’s significant – yet lesser-known – nineteenth and mid-twentieth-century works by women. Our intention is to make these paintings, and the cultural contribution of the artists, more visible in 2018.
Driving Without a Licence
Peter Robinson: I may be wrong about this, but I believe that we were the last generation to experience the primacy of painting at art school. What I mean by this is that when we were at Ilam, students had to compete to get into departments. As crazy as it sounds now, there was a very clear hierarchy: painting was the most popular discipline and afforded the most esteem, sculpture second, then film, print, design and photography somewhere down the line. Can you remember why you ended up choosing sculpture? And furthermore why you ended up being a painter? Do you think your training as a sculptor affected the way you think about or approach painting that is different to someone who was trained formally as a painter?
As Stark and Grey as Stalin's Uniform
Heading along to the stunning Rita Angus: Life & Vision survey exhibition at the Gallery in 2009 I always had this nagging feeling that one work was missing from the walls – Angus’s Gasworks from 1933. This painting was one that I knew only through the black and white image that appeared first in a volume of Art in New Zealand in 1933; the same reproduction that was later used in Jill Trevelyan’s excellent biography of Angus and also in the catalogue for the National Art Gallery’s 1982 retrospective, Rita Angus. For the New Zealand art historian, Gasworks was a kind of legend – painted by one of the country’s best artists yet seen in person by only a very few. In 1975, when Gordon H. Brown curated New Zealand Painting 1920–1940: Adaption and Nationalism, Gasworks was listed as ‘location unknown’ in the accompanying catalogue. Amazingly the painting was also not included in the retrospective exhibition of 1982. We had grown to know this painting purely through a grainy black and white illustration from 1933. But the painting was never lost – Gasworks is a painting that has been cherished, protected and loved by the same Christchurch family since the early 1940s. And now, having been placed on loan to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, it is available for the public to view for the first time since 1933, when it was shown at the Canterbury Society of Arts.
My main base is in Vienna although I’ve lived a reasonably nomadic life for quite some time now. The last time that I lived in New Zealand was back in 2011, and I left just a few days after the earthquake to start a PhD in Sydney. After four years in Australia I did a couple of residencies in Paris and Italy before moving to Vienna.
Tony de Lautour's Underworld 2
Underworld 2 is a must-see. I know, I know. Everything is a must-see or a must-read or a must-do in this society of superlatives and imperatives. But you really do need to be in the same room as this work. Underworld 2 is immense. You need to be in front of it—to be immersed, to be overwhelmed, to be confronted. I start at the left-hand side and plot my journey as if I am planning a road trip and this is my map; first south around the mountains, turn left, then keep going until you pass a lion on the right-hand side. Stop and take in the scenery, go down a dead-end road or two. There’s no rush. You’ll know when you’re there.
The Dutch Funeral, Retitled
When you think about it, The Dutch Funeral is a peculiar title for a work painted in the Netherlands, by a Dutch artist. You could imagine such a work being titled The Funeral, or A Funeral; or even more likely, A Funeral at a Specified Place or possibly At a Specified Time. Even Of a Certain Person. But The Dutch Funeral? Most unlikely. It was while we were researching works for the Closer exhibition that its strangeness suddenly became evident to me. I was surprised that I’d never questioned the title before. But then, like many people who grew up in Christchurch, I was used to The Dutch Funeral as a fixture of local culture, a work so large it could never be taken off the wall at the McDougall; a magnificently gloomy painting which van der Velden scholar Rodney Wilson once described as “a sort of Christchurch version of the Night Watch with an immense public following”.
ASK Brooklyn Museum Offers Visitor Experience Insights
What if you could know exactly what your visitors thought about the art on view in your museum? And what if you knew what questions they had about it? What might you do with that information? At the Brooklyn Museum, we do know what (at least some) visitors are thinking and what questions they have. And we aim to use that information to improve our visitor experience. Thanks to our award-winning chat app, ASK Brooklyn Museum, we have collected anonymous data on what our visitors want to know about art, which artworks get the most attention, how much users explore the galleries and more. ASK connects users to a team of art historians and educators who answer their questions in real time during their visit. Since the soft launch of the app in 2015, we have held over 14,000 conversations with users. That’s a lot of data.
Becoming Someone Different
The Gallery’s new director, Blair Jackson, talks with Bulletin editor David Simpson about where he’s come from, what he’s got planned, and what he’s excited about as he settles in to his new role.
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.