Gordon Walters: Koru in Stratford

Recently I travelled to Stratford to attend the opening of Te Papa’s touring art exhibition Gordon Walters: Koru which is currently on show at the Percy Thomson Gallery.

Gordon Walters: Koru at the Percy Thomson Gallery, October 2014. Photo: Percy Thomson Gallery.

Gordon Walters: Koru at the Percy Thomson Gallery, October 2014. Photo: Percy Thomson Gallery.

The exhibition includes a selection of the artist’s iconic koru works from the mid-1950s until the 1980s from Te Papa’s collection. It also includes rarely seen preparatory material and Walters’ work as a graphic designer and illustrator.

It was terrific to see works from the national art collection return to the Percy Thomson Gallery, who have also be host to earlier Te Papa exhibitions Drawn from Italy: Mantegna to Kauffmann (2011) and Rembrandt and his peers (2012). My congratulations go to Maree Wilson and the Percy Thomson Gallery team for another successful collaboration!

Te Papa Curator Sarah Farrar at the opening of the Gordon Walters: Koru exhibition at the Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford.

Te Papa Curator Sarah Farrar at the opening of the Gordon Walters: Koru exhibition at the Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford. Photo: Percy Thomson Gallery.

Gordon Walters: Koru is one of a number of Te Papa’s touring art exhibitions. We’re also delighted that Black Rainbow: Ralph Hotere and Michael Parekowhai opened this past weekend at the Whangarei Art Museum, after previously being shown at Tauranga Art Museum and Te Manawa.

I hope you get to visit our latest exhibitions here in Wellington, in a town near you, or online.

Sarah Farrar, Curator Contemporary Art

 

2 Responses

  1. phil

    Is the exhibition coming to auckland?

    Reply
    • Sarah Farrar

      Hello Phil,

      Thanks for your message. I’d also love to see the exhibition travel to the Auckland region! Fingers crossed.

      Auckland-based galleries: if you’re interested in hosting this exhibition, please get in touch.

      Sarah

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