Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...
In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...
Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
Heralded in 1888 as 'the first permanent Art Gallery in the Dominion', Auckland Art Gallery
Toi o Tāmaki remains the largest art institution in New Zealand, with a collection numbering
over 15,000 works. These include major holdings of New Zealand historic, modern and
contemporary art, and outstanding works by Māori and Pacific artists, as well as European
painting, sculpture and print collections ranging in date from 1376 to the present day.
The Gallery is also home to the Chartwell Collection, a collection of contemporary art from
New Zealand and Australia.
Auckland Art Gallery continues to actively acquire works across all collection areas. The
Gallery supports the exhibition programmes of other public art galleries and museums
throughout New Zealand and overseas by making its collection available for loan.
With the rapid growth of the Gallery’s collection, the historic building has undergone a
succession of extensions and alterations. The most recent redevelopment opened to the
public in September 2011. This ambitious building project restored and preserved the
building’s iconic heritage fabric while adding large contemporary exhibition spaces, extensive
glazing and new outdoor sculpture terraces.
The redeveloped Gallery is at the centre of a city whose energy and enthusiasm for the arts
continues to grow.
This year, the month of May kicks off with the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019) at The Cloud on Queens Wharf, where over 40 leading galleries from the Pacific Rim will exhibit. A carefully curated selection of talks and exhibitions will accompany the fair, including the 2019 Projects Programme organised by Francis McWhannell titled...
The time is ripe to galvanise New Zealand's public to more fully support its visual arts. With New Zealand-born artists like Simon Denny, Michael Stevenson and Francis Upritchard continuing to gain international acclaim, and a Turner Prize nominee in Luke Willis Thompson, the international art world is beginning to take notice of this small...
Doryun Chong is deputy director and chief curator at M+, Hong Kong’s new museum for visual culture. While the museum’s ambitious Herzog & de Meuron building is yet to be opened in the West Kowloon Cultural District, Chong’s team is pressing ahead with curatorial activities, acquiring major collections of Chinese art and...
Following a three-year hiatus, the Auckland Art Fair is returning at the end of May with a suite of galleries from New Zealand, Australia, Latin America and the wider Pacific region. With a distinctly global outlook, the art fair is emphasising a fresher, more contemporary aspect in promoting emerging artists and galleries, inviting the...
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