Based on Auckland’s culturally vibrant Karangahape Road (often referred to as K Road), Starkwhite is an independent New Zealand-based contemporary art gallery that hosts a variety of solo and group shows and artists’ projects. Originally established in 2003 as an organisation dedicated to providing services in the creative arts sector, Starkwhite initially operated a small exhibition space to aid its purpose of supporting artists.Read More
Quickly morphing into a fully-fledged commercial gallery operation, in late 2003 Starkwhite moved into its K Road premises. Under its directors, Dominic Feuchs and John McCormack, the dealer gallery has branched out to form partnerships with publicly funded art institutions and gallery spaces including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Artspace (also on K Road) and Wellington City Gallery.
Representing over 20 artists, Starkwhite exhibits a diverse roster of contemporary practitioners in the fields of sculpture, painting, photography, video, and mixed-media installations amongst others. The gallery represents major names—most now internationally recognised artists—in New Zealand art over the last 50 years including Billy Apple, Gordon Walters, Fiona Pardington, John Reynolds, and Gavin Hipkins. These artists have been foundational to the gallery’s exhibition programme.
Starkwhite also represents a newer generation of emerging and mid-career New Zealand artists, including Rebecca Baumann, Yuk King Tan, and Richard Maloy, and internationally based artists such as Michael Zavros from Australia; Shanghai-based Jin Jiangbo; Seung Yul Oh, who works in both Korea and New Zealand; and American painter Whitney Bedford. Also represented by the gallery are the elusive conceptual art collective et al. and The estate of L. Budd, one of the collective’s deceased members. Each of Starkwhite’s artists has a strong track record for featuring in national and international exhibitions, as well as at an institutional level. A range of guest artists and curators have also held exhibitions in the K Road gallery space over the years.
Alongside regular appearances at Auckland Art Fair, Starkwhite has participated in several major Asia-Pacific and international art fairs including Art Basel in Hong Kong, Sydney Contemporary, ART STAGE Singapore, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, The Armory Show, Melbourne Art Fair, Art Cologne and London Art Fair.
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