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.
The fair's most Instagrammable section will feature 12 works, including Gimhongsok's fictitious furries and textile off-cuts by Marion Baruch.
The weather was clement for the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019), which was again at The Cloud on Queens Wharf. This year's edition was a get-together of 41 galleries, mostly from around Auckland and across New Zealand, with 5 spaces hailing from Sydney and the rest from Cook Islands (Bergman Gallery), Hobart (Michael Bugelli Gallery)...
'Art Basel reinforces its ongoing commitment to showcasing exceptional art from Asia and the Asia Pacific, with over half of the participating galleries having exhibition spaces in the region. The main sector of the show features 196 of the world's leading galleries presenting the highest quality of painting, sculpture, drawings, installation...
As far as art fair venues go, Sydney Contemporary (13–16 September 2018) has nailed it with Carriageworks, where the fair was once again staged. Formerly a rail yard and now a cultural centre, the space has retained its distinctive 19 th -century industrial details, and it offered a striking light-filled backdrop to the fair's crisp white...
As we mill around under the unmistakable brutalist ceiling of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) foyer, there is a collective sense of anticipation. The audience instinctively forms a rectangular perimeter, but the distinction between performers and spectators remains immaterial; there is no designated platform or clear physical barrier....
Hope, censorship, the Hong Kong protests and their threads across Asia and the Pacific: a conversation with artist Yuk King Tan, whose show Crisis of the Ordinary is at Starkwhite gallery now. A lattice screen made out of white plastic zip tie police handcuffs. Batons, bottles, drones and other protest objects, wrapped in many-coloured...
It is many years since Yuk King Tan last had a solo show in Auckland—she used to be represented by Sue Crockford—so this Starkwhite presentation of three installations and a video is a welcome event.
The weather's a bit shit so you can't go to the beach, you've binge-watched all your favourite shows, and you fear for your safety stepping outside with Auckland's current random tendency for mini tornados and roof-ripping winds. What is there left to do but take in some culture, via Auckland's glorious plethora of warm, dry art galleries?
Colour is simultaneously the most apparent and most complex part of Gemma Smith's practice. The artist, who has a penchant for abstraction, creates paintings that capture dialogues and interactions between colours.
For several decades Dr Fiona Pardington has been a prominent figure in the contemporary art world both locally here in Aotearoa and internationally. An extraordinary talent, she has received numerous accolades for her hauntingly beautiful photographic works.
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