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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Michael Parekowhai

b. 1968, New Zealand

Michael Parekowhai is one of New Zealand’s most important contemporary artists. In addition to an extensive exhibition history, his work is held in significant public and private collections in New Zealand and Australia, as well as in several permanent collections across the Asia-Pacific region and in Europe.

Parekowhai draws on an abundant range of both vernacular and collective vocabularies which he manufactures into the narrative structures and formal languages of his work. Although key themes are introduced species and culture, the potential political dimensions are downplayed. Ideas of camaraderie, tools of teaching and childhood learning, as well as quotations from the canon of modern art history and popular culture openly play out in many of his works.

Born in Porirua (near Wellington) in the North Island of New Zealand in 1968, Michael is of Maori (Ngati Whakarongo) and European descent. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1990) and Master of Fine Arts (2000) from the University of Auckland (Elam) School of Fine Arts, where he is now Associate Professor of Fine Arts. In 2001 he was awarded an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate. His art practice and exhibition history spans almost two decades.

Featured Artworks

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Mimi III by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiMimi III, 2018 Bronze, two elements
Michael Lett
La Tour by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiLa Tour, 2008 Bronze
67 x 47 x 47 cm
Michael Lett
von Trapp by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael Parekowhaivon Trapp, 2017 Bronze
11 x 63 x 9.5 cm
Michael Lett
Kapa Haka (maquette) by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiKapa Haka (maquette), 2015 Automotive paint on polyurethane
41 x 17 x 13 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Bosom of Abraham, #2 by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiThe Bosom of Abraham, #2, 2004 Fluorescent bulb, Italian light fitting and screen printed vinyl
130 x 22 x 8 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Song of the Frog by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiThe Song of the Frog, 2005 Automotive paint on fibreglass
30 x 240 x 60 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Moment of Cubism (Pallet) & Nude Descending a Staircase (Tree) by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiThe Moment of Cubism (Pallet) & Nude Descending a Staircase (Tree), 2010 Hand-finished bronze, patina. Tree size: 120 x 45 x 45cm, Pallet size: 15 x 118 x 88cm.
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Constitution Hill by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiConstitution Hill, 2011 Polychromed bronze
110 x 35 x 35 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Parekowhai, Stand By Me at Michael Lett, Auckland
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5–22 December 2018 Michael Parekowhai Stand By Me Michael Lett, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Parekowhai, When We Dream at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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10 September–13 October 2018 Michael Parekowhai When We Dream Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Rock 'n' Roll, 30 years on ... at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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5 June–7 July 2018 Group Exhibition Rock 'n' Roll, 30 years on ... Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

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Maud Page Ocula Conversation Maud Page Deputy Director, Collections & Exhibitions at Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Maud Page is Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Her position oversees all aspects of the Gallery’s curatorial activities, and is directly responsible for the management and development of the Gallery’s collections and exhibitions. She has been instrumental in the...

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In Related Press

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In pictures: Encounters at Art Basel in Hong Kong Related Press In pictures: Encounters at Art Basel in Hong Kong The Art Newspaper : 24 March 2017

Space is paramount in the Encounters section of Art Basel in Hong Kong, where each large-scale installation occupies up to 100 square metres. But time is equally important to Alexie Glass-Kantor, the curator of Encounters for the third year running.

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Australian artists and galleries in Art Basel, Hong Kong Related Press Australian artists and galleries in Art Basel, Hong Kong Art Almanac : 16 March 2017

From 23 to 25 March, the 5th edition of Art Basel, Hong Kong will showcase 242 premier galleries from 34 countries and territories—including Australia—presenting works of the highest quality, ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to today's most contemporary artists in three specific categories: Galleries,...

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Two Works in One Related Press Two Works in One EyeContact : 15 March 2017

The arrival of a substantial new public artwork in the downtown centre of New Zealand's largest city is always an exciting occasion, but the 'opening' of Michael Parekowhai's The Lighthouse on the waterfront - on Queens wharf, at the base of the main street - is such that you would have to be made of solid rock not to get a real thrill. The work's...

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Christchurch Art Gallery reopening will reunite city with art Related Press Christchurch Art Gallery reopening will reunite city with art The Press : 16 December 2015

Christchurch people are about to be reunited with an art collection hidden from sight for nearly five years. The reopening of the Christchurch Art Gallery on Saturday will mean the city's art collection will be on display once again. The collection has been in safe storage since the gallery closed after the February 2011...

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