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Kate Newby Biography

A standard list of materials for a Kate Newby work might include anything from lip balm, coffee stains and wooden decking to mulberries, hand-written notes and stoneware. Deeply concerned with the intricate textures of the everyday, Newby is an artist who works across a wide range of media including textiles, ceramics, casting and glass. Whatever the medium, there is always an emphasis on the handmade as a way of communicating lived experience through objects furnished with the evidence of their making. That her work tends to be site-specific—made in response to a given location and to the people and events witnessed there—similarly demonstrates Newby's desire to privilege direct experience above mediation within her work. As such, certain idiosyncrasies of each site—the light, the atmosphere, a suntrap window, a line of nails embedded in a floor—will often become integral to the work, causing an installation to be necessarily altered if and when it is re-installed in a new context.

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Born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1979, Newby studied at the University of Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts, graduating with a Doctor of Fine Arts in 2015. Three years prior to completing her doctorate, she had already won the most prestigious art award in Aotearoa—the Walters Prize, judged that year by Mami Kataoka, chief curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. The work that won her the prize, Crawl out your window (2010), is Newby at her casual, poetic best: a blue-washed concrete ramp crawls out into the gallery, encrusted with silver pull-tabs, gum and stones; a soiled curtain divides the space, filtering the sunlight. Kataoka described the work as 'the most reserved but radical way of transcending the fixed architectural space for contemporary art', and it is this careful combination of transcendence and banality that has come to characterise her practice.

Since winning the prize in 2012, Newby has had a busy international exhibition slate, including solo exhibitions such as Maybe I won't go to sleep at all. in 2013 at La Loge, Brussels; Two aspirins a vitamin C tablet and some baking soda at Laurel Doody, Los Angeles in 2015; and Let me be the wind that pulls your hair at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas, in 2017. She has also undertaken numerous residencies, including the highly sought-after Fogo Island Arts residency (2013), Newfoundland, and the Chinati Foundation residency in Marfa (2017).

Lucinda Bennett | Ocula | 2018

Kate Newby Featured Artworks

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UGH MAGIC by Kate Newby contemporary artwork
Kate NewbyUGH MAGIC, 2020Wood and gas high-fired stoneware, porcelain, mason stain, and glaze. Installation dimensions variable. 24 pieces
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Her voice :,,,,)))) by Kate Newby contemporary artwork
Kate NewbyHer voice :,,,,)))), 2020Wood and gas high-fired stoneware, porcelain, mason stain, and glaze. Installation dimensions variable. 20 pieces
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Early each evening by Kate Newby contemporary artwork
Kate NewbyEarly each evening, 2019Glass, two parts
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Just be prepared (Backyard birds, Southtown) by Kate Newby contemporary artwork
Kate NewbyJust be prepared (Backyard birds, Southtown), 2017soft ground etching printed as relief
65.5 x 68.5 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
I'm actually weirdly exciting by Kate Newby contemporary artwork
Kate NewbyI'm actually weirdly exciting, 2018Bronze, white brass, brass, silver, wire, PVC coated wire, dimensions variable
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
New Guy, Shadow, Carrots One and Carrots Two by Kate Newby contemporary artwork
Kate NewbyNew Guy, Shadow, Carrots One and Carrots Two, 2018soft ground etching
66.5 x 54 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Between Flavin and the Horn by Kate Newby contemporary artwork
Kate NewbyBetween Flavin and the Horn, 2018soft ground etching
66.5 x 54 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery

Kate Newby Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Kate Newby, Paul P., As long as you want at Michael Lett, Auckland
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2–31 October 2020 Kate Newby, Paul P. As long as you want Michael LettAuckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Patterns II at Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel
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2 April–27 June 2020 Group Exhibition Patterns II Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie
Contemporary art exhibition, Juliette Blightman, Parbhu Makan, Kate Newby, Henrik Olesen, Juliette Blightman, Parbhu Makan, Kate Newby, Henrik Olesen at Michael Lett, Auckland
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12 October–3 November 2018 Juliette Blightman, Parbhu Makan, Kate Newby, Henrik Olesen Michael LettAuckland

Kate Newby Represented By

Michael Lett contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Michael Lett Auckland

Kate Newby In Ocula Magazine

Nominees Announced for New Zealand’s Walters Prize Ocula News Nominees Announced for New Zealand’s Walters Prize Auckland, 9 April 2020

The works include a 14m-tall rope weaving, remixed footage from WWII, and video of newspapers being bleached.

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Kate Newby In Related Press

The 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) announces first 21 artists for its 45th anniversary exhibition Related Press The 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) announces first 21 artists for its 45th anniversary exhibition

The world-renowned Biennale of Sydney is back next year to celebrate its 45th anniversary exhibition. Set to maintain its status as the largest and best-attended contemporary arts event in Australia, the 21st Biennale of Sydney is anticipated to once again bring an impressive and diverse range of contemporary artists and artworks to the...

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