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.
In this issue of Bulletin we feature a new interview with artist Bridget Riley, who talks with Paul Moorhouse, senior curator at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Moorhouse visited Riley in her East London studio earlier this year, and discussed the development of her new work for Christchurch. And Sally Blundell investigates the University of Canterbury’s relationship with the Len Lye Foundation and the development of a ten-metre version of Lye’s Blade from the early 1970s.
Accompanying our beautiful exhibition Sydow: Tomorrow Never Knows, curator Peter Vangioni talks to UK-based artist Stephen Furlonger, who was a friend and contemporary of Carl Sydow’s. Furlonger discusses the London expatriate art scene, and the sense of potential that drew artists there. Also looking at a sense of potential, architect and educator Rau Hoskins investigates the Christchurch rebuild, seeking a Māori presence in our new built landscape, and finds the expression of iwi and hapū cultural identity across the city in some very successful signature projects. And writer and curator Balamohan Shingade talks to Bush about religion, spirituality, and the rituals she observes from her Dunedin studio. There’s crime too – Nick Spill, formerly a curator at the National Art Gallery and latterly a bodyguard and private investigator in Miami, lifts the lid on a little-known art heist here in Christchurch.
My Favourite comes from Murray Horton, who remembers Tony Fomison the political man; and this quarter’s Postcard is from photographer Ben Cauchi in Berlin. Mark Braunias provides the thirty-third instalment in our Pagework series.
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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 - email@example.com _____ #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
Arriving in London in 1909, the Christchurch-born and trained Raymond McIntyre soon gained a reputation there for his small, pared-back landscapes and studies of female heads, painted in an elegant, simplified, Japanese woodblock inspired style. These three paintings were modelled on an actor and dancer who became his principal muse from 1912, sometimes mentioned in his letters home: “The girl who is sitting for me a lot now, Sylvia Constance Cavendish… has a very refined interesting pale face… I have done some very good work from her… she is quite a find.”
McIntyre died in London in 1933. Seven of his works were given by his family between 1938 and 1991.
(Treasury: A Generous Legacy, 18 December 2015 – 27 November 2016)
Talk to the hand. The character in Tony Fomision’s No! holds up his hand to the viewer in a gesture of defiance and refusal as he looks away. The antagonistic stance is based on an image cut from a 1966 newspaper of a local blacksmith horrified at the idea of a proposed urban subdivision near his village. This work was completed after Fomison returned to Christchurch from his overseas sojourn, a moment in which he developed his mature style: Overseas I had found a way of painting that is my way of painting, derived completely from my drawings. I had got on the right track after being put on the wrong track at Art School. Much of Fomison’s subject matter is gritty with a psychological intensity, as seen in No!, where the subject actively rejects the viewer, refusing to acknowledge them. Fomison stated: My paintings are brutal and lonely, and try to make the statement that the personal condition is more important, that self-knowledge is more important, than just painting flowers and landscapes.
(No! That’s wrong XXXXXX, 25 June 2016 – 30 April 2017)
Bridget Riley: Cosmos
A new wall painting for Christchurch by internationally acclaimed English artist, Bridget Riley.
Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder
An exhibition inspired by a flash of light and a thunderclap.
Kushana Bush: The Burning Hours
Dazzling paintings that are rich in colour, culture and art history
Sydow: Tomorrow Never Knows
1960s London set the scene for Carl Sydow’s playful, op-inspired sculptures.
Sometimes I feel inordinately proud of this gallery and especially of my colleagues. I wonder if it’s unreasonable or otherwise questionable. However, as I write, I don’t think so.
The Art of the Heist
In early August of 1977, two students from the University of Canterbury School of Art walked into the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, took a painting off the wall, and walked out the front door. After lunch, the director Brian Muir noticed a 7 by 9 inch painting was missing.
Kushana Bush is a Dunedin-based artist, whose meticulously detailed and stage-like worlds blend religious themes with secular narratives, often manifesting in ritualistic violence. Her paintings examine what spirituality, ritual and community might mean in a contemporary world. She spoke with Balamohan Shingade of ST PAUL St Gallery in February
Sydow: Tomorrow Never Knows recently opened at Gallery and the exhibition’s curator, Peter Vangioni, took the opportunity to interview UK-based sculptor Stephen Furlonger. Furlonger was a contemporary of Carl Sydow and mutual friend and fellow sculptor John Panting, both at art school in Christchurch and in London during the heady days of the mid 1960s. His path as an artist during the late 1950s and 1960s in many ways mirrored that of Sydow and Panting.
In The Studio
Paul Moorhouse: We are standing in front of a full-size cartoon for Cosmos, the new wall painting that will be installed at Christchurch Art Gallery. How does the cartoon relate to the final wall painting?
Bridget Riley: The cartoon is painted in gouache on paper, but it gives me a good idea of the full-scale image that will be recreated on the wall in Christchurch. I have also made a smaller painting in acrylic directly onto the wall here in the studio. This is complete in itself, and provides the information I need to give me confidence in the appearance of the discs when the larger image is created on the gallery wall.
Bringing the Soul
As an eleven-year-old boy from Whāngarei, sent to live in Yaldhurst with my aunt in the late seventies, Christchurch was a culture shock. Arriving in New Zealand’s quintessential ‘English city’, I remember well the wide landscapes and manicured colonial built environment. It was very pretty but also very monocultural, with no physical evidence of current or former Māori occupation or cultural presence, or at least none that I could appreciate at that time.
Len Lye Works
The glancing body of a hooked swordfish; the shivering skin of a panicky horse; a shiny tin kicked in rage by a young boy outside the Cape Campbell lighthouse. This triptych of memories was the inspiration for avant-garde New Zealand sculptor, painter and film-maker Len Lye’s Blade (1972–4) – a vertical band of steel that curves, flexes, arches then hammers frenetically against a cork ball in a fury of light, sound and movement.
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.