In this edition of Bulletin, curators Bridget Reweti and Melanie Oliver of the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt talk about the challenges and opportunities of capturing and collating the contribution of Māori artists to time-based art practice in this country. We also hear from artist Terri Te Tau, who writes about the increasingly pervasive surveillance we experience as a society, and the societal bias that causes this to be heavily skewed towards some of our most vulnerable citizens.
Also in this issue of the magazine, poet, novelist and critic Ian Wedde pays tribute to artist Bill Culbert, who died in March of this year. Wedde looks at Culbert’s life and work, and reflects on an artist who shone light on stories and objects that touched him. And writer Simon Palenski looks at the continuing legacy of another New Zealand artworld luminary – Colin McCahon. This year is the centenary of the artist’s birth, and Palenski looks at the shadow he continues to cast.
Our Pagework comes from Christchurch artist Marie Le Lievre, and our My Favourite is from Lucy Gray, a year 8 student from Christchurch’s Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto school. Lucy is a co-convenor of the National School Strikes 4 Climate team and rather pointedly picks a comparatively new work in our collection – Cerith Wyn Evans’s Things are conspicuous in their absence… (2012). As part of a generation who are quite rightly worried for their and our future, she asks what we are on the path to losing.
Dimensions: 265 x 215mm
Imprint: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
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