5th Apr 2014 to 31st Mar 2015 – Dunedin Art Museum
Works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery – This exhibition delves into the Gallery’s holdings to showcase a rich range of popular European masterpieces, rarely seen treasures and a sampling of more contemporary artworks. A Gallery’s collection often reflects a sense of communal identity and place for its audience, which this exhibition will tease out through some of its most highly regarded and well known items.
Until March 11, 2012 – Auckland Art Gallery
In 2007, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki acquired these 20 paintings by expatriate New Zealand artist Frances Hodgkins. Painted in the first decade of the 20th century, they were hidden away in a drawing folio before the original owner’s family discovered them in 2007.
These sketches may have served as teaching points for her many students, but how they came to be in a French private collection remains a mystery.
When Hodgkins exhibited similar watercolours in Sydney and Melbourne in 1912-13, she told a reviewer how she had gone to England in 1901 looking for colour and light. Unable to find it, she ‘fled to France’, where she attended Norman Garstin’s sketching class at Caudebec-en-Caux.
However, it was her trip to Morocco the same year that proved a turning point. Mediterranean culture provided Hodgkins with a simplicity of architectural forms, sparkling light and strong colour, all elements of what eventually became her own highly individual style.
In Paris, Hodgkins revelled in debates, experimentation and the desire for new forms of expression which were central to the avant-garde movements. We see Hodgkins pushing the boundaries of traditional watercolour, using the kind of experimentation that eventually transformed her into one of the leading English modernists of her day.
From September 10 to January 22, 2012 – Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Fiona Pardington’s The Pressure of Sunlight Falling is a series of photographs that depict life casts made by medical scientist and phrenologist Pierre Dumoutier during one of French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville’s South Pacific voyages from 1837-1840.
A photographer of international standing, Pardington has exhibited widely in Australasia and Europe. A selection from this series was included in the 2010 Biennale of Sydney.
The associated book, Fiona Pardington: The Pressure of Sunlight Falling, is edited by Kriselle Baker and Elizabeth Rankin, and is published by Otago University Press in association with Govett-Brewster and Two Rooms Gallery.
From September 10 to January 29, 2012 – Dunedin Public Art Gallery
This exhibition brings together a collection of works by some of New Zealand’s most recognised and notable artists from the late twentieth century to the present and includes: Len Lye, Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere, Lisa Reihana and Peter Robinson. As the title Back in Black suggests, this selection of artworks is based around a shared tonal consistency and aesthetic relativity.
However, at a deeper level, this minimal palette reflects these artists’ attempts to grapple with a number of existential concerns, cultural situations and political topics that have arisen over the recent past.
From August 6 to November 20, 2011 – Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most important artistic partnerships, Ralph Hotere and Bill Culbert’s Pathway to the Sea:-Aramoana is a key work from this dynamic relationship. To celebrate the temporary return of this iconic installation to Dunedin, the exhibition will also comprise of a series of working drawings and associated prints.
Until the 17th of July 2011 – City Gallery Wellington
Tender is the Night features work by over thirty artists based in New Zealand and internationally. Works have been generously loaned from public and private collections, including a number of works from artists’ own personal collections.
City Gallery’s new group exhibition Tender is the Night asks us all how it feels to fall in and fall out of love. The show brings together a selection of art works which explore the complex and intense nature of desire, love and the loss of a loved one.
Tender is the Night is a mix-tape of emotions, a gathering of artists’ explorations from the 18th to the 21st centuries, of the sticky and exhilarating mix of longing and consummation, and those intensely felt moments of loss that characterise the evolution and devolution of human relationships.
Everyone has their favourite love songs, movies, or poems that form the subjective soundtrack or tell the story of their lives. Geographically you can chart a town or city by where significant moments have taken place, and each time you pass that site, a memory is triggered. Love can be joyous, messy, and complicated and, as this exhibition reveals, is an incredibly difficult entity to define and to depict.
Within our visual cultures there are themes and scenarios to do with love and relationships returned to by artists again and again. While it may be easy to argue for the universality of such experiences, at the same time the works within Tender is the Night are intensely subjective and personal expressions that reflect the nuances of the context within which they were produced according to specific times, places and cultures.
While courting and romantic partnerships are a key focus for the show, so too are the not always smooth-running dynamics of family relationships, the intense bonds between parent and child, how siblings interact and the ways in which contemporary families are built. Another thread running through the exhibition is that of the loss of a loved one, through relationships breaking up and through death.
Tender is the Night includes work by: Rita Angus, Kushana Bush, Derrick Cherrie, Phil Dadson, George Dawe, Marlene Dumas, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Eric Gill, Jeffrey Harris, Michael Harrison, Frances Hodgkins, Jesper Just, Katsukawa Shunchō, Utagawa Kunisada, Henry Lamb, Liz Maw, Anne Noble, Catherine Opie, Fiona Pardington, Alan Pearson, Edward Poynter, H. Linley Richardson, Auguste Rodin, David Rosetzky, Ava Seymour, Laurie Simmons, Stanley Spencer, Douglas Stichbury, Suzuki Harunobu, Francis Upritchard, Robin White, Brendon Wilkinson, Erica van Zon and unknown artists/makers.
The title of the exhibition is taken from the 1934 novel by American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald of the same name. The novel charts a dysfunctional, yet surprisingly resilient bond between a husband and wife, pressured through infidelity, mental illness and financial crisis. The phrase ‘tender is the night’ also appeared earlier in the well-known John Keats’ 1819 poem Ode to a Nightingale, where the poet explores the fleeting nature of mortal existence. In more recent times British indie-pop group Blur echoed the phrase in their moving love song Tender which was released in 1998.
The exhibition Tender is the Night doesn’t strive to illustrate any of the phrase’s previous uses—rather it takes the repetition of this phrase across time and place, within a range of meaningful contexts, as the inspiration for gathering together a selection of works that explore the human condition. The exhibition will offer visitors a range of experiences from the melancholic and unsettling through to the sentimental, euphoric and the downright lusty.