“New Zealand”

Fiona Pardington’s new collection “The Popular Recreator”

Until 23 Dec 2015, Fiona Pardington’s new series of photographs printed on ceramic pieces of tableware, will be exhibited and on sale at the Starkwhite gallery, in Auckland, New Zealand. Through her collection, Fiona Pardington revisits a technique she used in the early nineties, by firing photographs onto high quality ceramic plates, cups and saucers. The works respond to the steel engravings demonstrated in an encyclopaedic publication The Popular Recreator A Key To In-Door And Out-Door Amusements, Vols. 1 And 2 (1873/1874). Fiona’s works are concerned with how skill-focused pastimes are disappearing due to new technology as well as highlighting how considerably modern-day notions of masculinity and femininity have changed from the Victorian period. The price of the works ranges from NZD...

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Simon Denny to represent New Zealand at Venice Biennale

At the next edition of the Venice Biennale, which is to take place from 9 May until 22 November 2015, the artist Simon Denny is to represent New Zealand with his double solo exhibition entitled “Secret Power”, curated by Robert Leonard. In his work, Simon Denny is interested in technology and innovation and its impact on networks of influence and power, the circulation of people and information in our “post-Snowden” era, and surveillance systems. The double project “Secret Power” is to take place in two symbolic places, linked to the artist’s themes. The first project, a contemporary one, is to take place in the entrance hall of Venice’s Marco Polo airport — a first for the Biennale — where his installation will mix the universes of public display, contemporary architecture, and representations of values linked to knowledge throughout the course of history. The second, a historical one, is to take place in the famous Marciana library, where historical maps and globes are kept, surrounded by décor painted by Titian. Simon Derry’s installation is to make links between spectacular representation, although archaic, the world, and the way in which this is distributed in zones of influence today. From 3 April until 31 August 2015, MoMA in New York is to dedicate an important exhibition to the same artist, entitled “The Innovator’s Dilemma”, Simon Derry’s first solo exhibition organised by a large American public...

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Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s Len Lye Centre

The façade of the Len Lye Centre, which is currently being constructed next to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, was revealed on Tuesday 3 March 2015. The mirror-like stainless-steel façade of the building, composed of 14 metre-high panels, which is currently undergoing construction, was revealed to show people how the exterior would appear. Opened in 1970, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand’s only contemporary art museum, whose collection has featured the work of filmmaker and kinetic artist Len Lye since 1980. The new Len Lye Centre, which is due to open on 25 July this year, will be a combined art museum with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, and will be New Zealand’s first art museum dedicated to a single artist. “It is a story about experimental design and engineering. Everybody associated with this project, and me included as Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, thinks of New Plymouth as New Zealand’s cultural capital. The revealing of the stainless steel panels is a glimpse at the role our institution and the city of New Plymouth are going to play in shaping architecture and art in this country for the future,” said Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Director Simon...

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“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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Govett-Brewster Art Gallery announces reopening date

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand’s museum of contemporary art, is to reopen its doors with the new Len Lye Centre on 25 July. The new exhibition space, the construction of which began in June 2013, will house the collection and archive of pioneering New Zealand filmmaker and kinetic artist Len Lye (1901-1980). The Len Lye Centre will be New Zealand’s first art museum dedicated to a single artist, and the opening weekend will celebrate the culmination of more than three decades of commitment to realising a permanent home for Len Lye’s work in New Plymouth. Govett-Brewster director, Simon Rees says staff are planning a community-spirited weekend celebration and preparing opening exhibitions which include Len Lye works, the Govett-Brewster Collection, and a moving-image programme in the new 62-seat cinema. “We will at last be able to show the breadth and depth of Lye’s vision on a permanent basis, and also continue to inspire Govett-Brewster’s audiences with contemporary art from New Zealand and around the Pacific Rim,” says Mr...

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