“Invisible Energy” at St Paul St Gallery

Until 27 March, St Paul St Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand is presenting a contemporary Japanese art group exhibition entitled “Invisible Energy”. The artists whose work is on display are: Meiro Koizumi, Erika Kobayashi, Hiroharu Mori, Yoshinari Nishio, Nobuko Tsuchiya, and Masahiro Wada. The exhibition explores contemporary production from Japan and its relationship to new media, contemplating the challenges and complexities of interpreting art from the country. It takes into account the recent Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, looking at the aftermath of these incidents and how they have affected contemporary society. One of the most important works on display is Hiroharu Mori’s video Re: (2009), which incorporates text from an internet forum dominated by Japanese women. In the forum Mori asked these women to reveal personal details, and what kind of life they aspired to. He then selected 20 of the responses and hired a actor to perform them, resulting in a piece which includes elements of narrative fiction and the anonymous identities of the different...

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Simon Denny to represent New Zealand at the 2015 Venice Biennale

Berlin-based artist Simon Denny has been selected to represent New Zealand at the 2015 Venice Biennale, under the curatorial direction of Robert Leonard, Chief Curator at City Gallery Wellington. Denny’s work focuses upon the relationships of geography, knowledge and power. For the 56th Venice Biennale, the artist is to explore how nations collect intelligence, investigate New Zealand’s role in this process and communicate this investigation by way of an installation featuring sculptural graphics and moving images. The young artist was born in Auckland and has been featured in several international museum exhibitions including at the ICA, London; Kunsthaus Bregenz; KW Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin; and at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Denny is one of New Zealand’s most prevalent international...

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“Lovers” at the Starkwhite gallery

Auckland, 29 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Starkwhite gallery presents “Lovers”, an exhibition running from 6 February to 6 March, organised by Martin Basher, an in-house artist. The event displays the works of eleven artists – both Americans and New Zealanders – Basher and his contemporaries: Kevin Appel, Martin Basher, Whitney Bedford, Tamar Halpern, Amy Howden-Chapman, Kate Newby, Peter Nicholls, Brie Ruais, Layla Rudneva-Mackay, David Scanavinno and Gordon Walters. Martin Basher himself was born in 1979 in Wellington, New Zealand. “Lovers”, the exhibition, serves as a paean to beauty for the romantic viewer and as an illicit assignation, providing visual pleasure for the serious...

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5th edition of the Auckland Triennial

Auckland, 28 February 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 11 May to 11 August 2013 will be organised the fifth Auckland Triennial. The list of participating artists has just been unveiled. Over 30 artists and collectives from Central Europe, South America, North Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States will be spread across eight sites in Auckland. The event is organised by Hou Hanru. Among the exhibitors we might name a few. Moroccan photographer Yto Barrada, whose works reflect his experience of life within a developing town, Tangier. His work has been displayed at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin in 2012, at the Tate Modern in 2012 and at the Venice Biennale in 2011. In 2011, he was hailed as artist of the year by the Deutsche Bank. Ryoji Ikeda is a composer and visual/electronic artist. He produces shows and installations. His work was displayed at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 2012, at the Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial de Gijon in 2012 as well as at the Hamburgr Bahnhof, Berlin, also in 2012. A painter and multidisciplinary artist, Michael Lin lives in Shanghai, China. His work blurs the frontier between arts and crafts and questions the role of art in the public space. His work was presented at the tenth Lyon Biennial, and at the Rockbund Art Museum of Shanghai in 2012. His current project has been designed with the Studio of Japanese Architecture, collective Bow Wow. Eventually, Angélique Mesiti is an Australian artist, working with video, performance and installation. She has exhibited at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art in 2001, the Australian Center for Contemporary Art Melbourne in 2012 and the Tate Modern London in 2010. The Auckland Triennial illustrates the theme “If You Were to Live Here” and will also offer discussions and...

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The Auckland Art Gallery acquires a Gursky photograph

Auckland, 25 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). On last 22 September, the Auckland Gallery Toi o Tamaki revealed its last major acquisition: Ocean III (2010), a large photograph by one of the greatest German contemporary artists, Andreas Gursky. It is the first time a work of this artist enters a public collection in New Zealand. Ocean III is the largest of six photographs in a series depicting major oceans of the world, and one of two featuring the islands of New Zealand. “We are tremendously excited to be able to represent the work of such an important international artist, even more so given the particular nature of its subject, which in one way serves to represent our place in the Pacific like no other work in a New Zealand public collection”, declared Gallery Director Chris Saines in the release. “Gursky is a giant in the contemporary art world, with an impressive global reputation, and we are thrilled to have secured this work”. Famous for his large and striking pictures of contemporary phenomenons, Gursky presents with Ocean III a view of the Pacific, of a 4.5m length and 2.5m width. The acquisition of Ocean III was made possible thanks to the support and generosity of the Graeme Maunsell Trust, M A Serra Bequest, Lyndsay Garland and Dingley Trusts, the artist and his representative the Gagosian Gallery, with the cooperation of Gow Langsford Gallery,...

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