Art Galleries

Auckland Art Gallery

Supporting Sponsor Aalto Colour Ltd,
Call Waiting, May 2011.
Chris Saines, Director Auckland Art Gallery, from the opening of Call Waiting.
"It’s very easy to acknowledge a long-distance sponsor like Aalto Colour – I have become well used to it. Aalto work alongside artists and curators, creating new palettes for exhibitions in both the NEW and in our main building. We have formed a very enduring and productive relationship, beginning with the opening of the NEW. Prue Cook and her team supported the first paint-out of this building and they have supported Call Waiting. For a medium sized business they have a large-scale appetite for helping in the most grounded of ways. And, let me add, it’s not just helping us. Aalto is also a supporter of Artspace, the Christchurch, Govett-Brewster and Tauranga art galleries. They are the world’s lowest maintenance sponsor and we are proud to associate our name with theirs. So, it’s good to announce that our partnership with Aalto will continue into our new building. I’d like you to join me in thanking Aalto for the incredibly generous support they give to art and artists! "

Call Waiting celebrates the NEW Gallery.

When the New Gallery opened 15 years ago, the Auckland Art Gallery saw it as a new home for contemporary art in Auckland. And so it has proven to be with dozens of exhibitions large and small, from New Zealand and from around the world, from the gallery's own collection and from a myriad of individual and corporate lenders, from artists and from institutions, as well as surprising, enjoyable and memorable art events. 
The New Gallery has relieved the pressure on exhibition spaces in the main Art Gallery and helped revitalise Auckland's arts precinct, attracting dealer galleries to the area and brightening the Auckland arts scene. 
Curated by Alexa Johnston, Call Waiting celebrates the history of the New Gallery as we look forward to the main Gallery building reopening in mid-2011. 

Taste: Food and Feasting in Art

Until 14 February 2010
Stimulate your taste buds in this sumptuous visual feast offering a variety of artistic flavours and textures.
Jae Joon Lee - Feast, 2007
Jae Hoon Lee, Feast, 2007,
plastic (replica food), plastic table, fabric table cloth,
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2008
Art reveals the central place of food in all cultures. Different peoples develop their own relationships with food, from the careful preparation of traditional dishes to the communal consumption of celebratory feasts. Brueghel's A Village Fair and Lindauer's Time of Kai depict communities observing these time-honoured traditions. Renowned photographers Marti Friedlander, Gil Hanly and Glenn Jowitt document Polynesian food practices. Jae Hoon Lee looks at the global migration of food culture, composing his own Kiwi feast from random Korean meals recreated in plastic.
Gil Hanly - Serving the Meal, 1984
Gil Hanly,
Serving the Meal, 1984,
black and white photograph,
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 1986 
Aalto AdhereAalto Soliloquy 1/2Aalto Gallery WhiteAalto Curve 1/2
Aalto Adhere, Aalto Soliloquy 1/2, Aalto Gallery White, Aalto Curve 1/2.
Gottfried Lindauer - The Time of Kai, 1907
Gottfried Lindauer,
The Time of Kai, 1907,
oil on canvas,
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915

Rita Angus: Life & Vision

1 August until 1 November 2009 
Rita Angus: Life & Vision offers a compelling look at the work of one of this country's pioneer modern painters. 
Rita Angus - A Goddess of Mercy, 1945-47
Rita Angus
A Goddess of Mercy, 1945–47
oil on canvas
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu purchased 1957
Reproduced courtesy of the Rita Angus Estate
Exhibition Palette:

Aalto Angus Blue

Aalto Angus Cream
Rita Angus - Cass, 1936
Rita Angus
Cass, 1936 
Oil on canvas on board
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, purchased 1955. 
Reproduced courtesy of the Rita Angus Estate. 
Rita Angus - Self-portrait, 1936-37
Rita Angus
Self-portrait , 1936–37
oil on canvas
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, purchased 1980. 
Reproduced courtesy of the Rita Angus Estate.
Rita Angus - Rutu, 1951
Aalto Gallery White
Rita Angus - Rutu, 1951
Rita Angus
Rutu, 1951 
oil on canvas
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reproduced courtesy of the Rita Angus Estate
Courtesy of the Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust

Picturing History: Goldie to Cotton

25 April 2009 - 21 February 2010 
Looking at key moments from New Zealand's past, this exhibition explores artists response to and interpretation of our history. Featuring Colin McCahon, Charles Goldie and Shane Cotton amongst others.
Charles Blomfield - White Terraces, Rotomahana, 1897
Charles Blomfield 
White Terraces, Rotomahana, 1897
oil on canvas
Auckland Art Gallery, gift of Mr D L Murdoch

Exhibition Palette

Aalto Fissure, Aalto Gallery White
Charles F Goldie, Louis John Steele - The Arrival of the Maoris in New Zealand, 1898
Charles F Goldie, Louis John Steele 
The Arrival of the Maoris in New Zealand, 1898
oil on canvas
Auckland Art Gallery, gift of the late George and Helen Boyd, 1899
Charles F Goldie - Sophia, the Heroine of Tarawera, 1910
Charles F Goldie 
Sophia, the Heroine of Tarawera 1910 
oil on oak panel 
Auckland Art Gallery, gift of Lincoln N Astley, 1987
Colin McCahon - Six Days in Nelson and Cantebury, 1950
Colin McCahon 
Six Days in Nelson and Canterbury, 1950 
oil on canvas 
Auckland Art Gallery, gift of Colin McCahon through the Friends of Auckland Art Gallery, 1978
Courtesy of the Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust

Yinka Shonibare MBE

28 February -1 June 2009

Yinka Shonibare 
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (Africa) 2008, 
type c photograph, 
courtesy of the artist, James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London © the artist

Yinka Shonibare 
Dorian Gray (scene 7) 2001, 
black and white resin print, 
Collection of Emily Fisher Landau, New York , courtesy of the artist, James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London © the artist 

In Shifting Light

11 October 2008 to 12 April 2009
Auckland Art Gallery, New Gallery
Free admission
Colin McCahon, The Lamp in my studio 1945
oil on board
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, on loan from a private collection
Colin McCahon - The Lamp in my Studio, 1945
In Shifting Light offers visitors fresh ways to understand how artists have interpreted New Zealand landscapes – as sites of social and personal experiences. As such, the artists in this exhibition have chosen to rewrite, deconstruct or describe various landscapes and their/our place within it.
This collection-based exhibition, curated by Ron Brownson, brings together 40 works across a variety of medium including a poignant Ans Westra photograph taken at the Early Settlers Museum in Dunedin, the mysterious video and CAD topographies of Mladen Bizumic and paintings by Charles Goldie, Ralph Hotere, as well as Colin McCahon. 
Gavin Hipkins - Empire (Beach), 2007Petrus van der Velden - Stormcloud
These works reflect landscapes as sites through which to define ourselves as a people and place – light and darkness conveys the spiritual and emotional responses to these sites.
In Shifting Light presents art works from the historic, modern and contemporary parts of the gallery’s New Zealand collection and explores how the notion of landscape has evolved.
Works above:     
Gavin Hipkins Empire (Beach) 2007 
c-type print 
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of the Patrons of the Gallery, 2007
Petrus van der Velden, Stormcloud 
oil on canvas on board
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 1975

Walters Prize 2008

13 Sep 2008 - 23 Nov 2008
The Walters Prize is New Zealand's most prestigious contemporary art prize. This biennial award recognises an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to contemporary art in New Zealand in the two years prior. 
2008 Finalists:

Edith Amituanai
House of Tiatia 2007 from Déjeuner
Courtesy of Anna Miles Gallery and the artist 

John Reynolds
Cloud 2006
Biennale of Sydney
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Photograph by Patrick Reynolds
Collection of Te Papa Tongarewa 

Peter Robinson, installation view of ACK ARTSPACE 2006
Images courtesy the artist and ARTSPACE
Photographer: Alex North 

Lisa Reihana
Dandy 2007 from Digital Marae
Courtesy of the artist

Turuki Turuki! Paneke Paneke!

24 May- 24 August 2008
Auckland Art Gallery exhibition Turuki Turuki! Paneke Paneke! When Maori Art Became Contemporary, on show from 24 May until 24 August, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first exhibition of contemporary Maori art in Auckland.
Selwyn Wilson Girl with a Grapefruit, 1949In 1958, mentor and educator, Matiu Te Hau curated an exhibition held at the University of Auckland that featured the paintings, sculpture and ceramics of five Northland teachers.
The artists were Arnold Manaaki Wilson, Ralph Hotere, Muru Walters, Katerina Mataira and the late Selwyn Wilson.
Now 50 years on, in recognition of the significance of the original exhibition, Auckland Art Gallery curator Ngahiraka Mason has mounted Turuki Turuki! Paneke Paneke!, an exhibition that showcases some art work from the original display and others from the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Selwyn Wilson Girl with a Grapefruit 
1949 oil on board, on loan from private collection.
“The original exhibition captured the mood of the 1950s and drew attention away from Maori art displayed in museums and redirected that focus to another kind of Maori art,” says Mason.

Exhibition Palette

Aalto Gallery Molasses, Aalto Anecdote, Aalto Backspin, Aalto Florin

Turuki Turuki! Paneke Paneke! - Gallery
Katerina Mataira - Deep Water
Katerina Mataira Deep water  n.d. acrylic on board, on loan from a private collection
“These were heady times of change and social reform and the artists were innovating and experimenting as teachers, visual artists and crafts people. I believe these artists were the founders of the contemporary visual Maori art culture that we have today.” 
Arnold Wilson
Arnold Wilson 
n.d. Courtesy Arnold Wilson
The exhibition title, drawn from a chant that kept paddlers to a constant beat and sung as part of the formal mihi on the marae, acknowledges the mana of the artists for their role in advancing and moving Maori art into the imagination of both Maori and Pakeha.

Earth Matters

1 May - 28 September 2008
Curator Natasha Conland

Ian Macdonald
Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.51
C-type photograph
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of the artist, 2001

Stuart Page and Michael Shannon
High Street, Christchurch
silkscreen print
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 1984
Darlings of Queen St           
Michael Stevenson
The New Zealand Herald
Friday 6 OCTOBER 1989
photocopy, screenprint and dye on paper
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 2003 
Lets Stop, Lets have a Barbeque
Michael Stevenson
Auckland Star
Friday 29 JANUARY 1988
photocopy, screenprint and dye on paper
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 2003

Laurence Aberhart

16 February - 11 May 2008 New Gallery
Laurence Aherhart Exhibition Gallery
View of exhibition.

Aalto Tensile, Aalto Gallery White

Laurence Aberhart 
Two memorials, Porangahau, Hawke's Bay 17 May 2003 
Courtesy of the artist
Aalto Gallery White, Aalto Tensile
view of exhibition

Aalto Tensile, Aalto Gallery White, view of exhibition.

Aalto Gallery White
Making Worlds
3 November - 21 Janurary, New Gallery
Chiho Aoshima City Glow 2005 (still)
7 minute animation (5 DVDs)
Courtesy Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Animation in collaboration with Bruce Ferguson
© Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd. All rights reserved.

Morgan Jones Here and There 1986
tanalised pine and galvanised roofing iron
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
The Masters Eye: Five Centuries of European Painting
Auckland Art gallery 2000

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