Posts categorized as Art

Vivian Lynn talks about her work Guarden gates, 1982

Senior artist Vivian Lynn has for over sixty years been making critical and enquiring work. The recent selective survey I, HERE, NOW Vivian Lynn at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington (25 October 2008-15 March 2009) curated by Christina Barton, offered a rich selection of over seventy works dating from… Read more »

Brian Brake online

Brake's iconic image of Milford Sound

Brian Brake is one of New Zealand’s best known photographers. His career covered the golden age of photojournalism  – his images featured in magazines around the world such as Life and Paris Match. He was passionate about New Zealand, the people and landscapes. Te Papa is very fortunate to have been gifted the Brake collection by Brake’s… Read more »

A farewell to a stylish and generous man

On Tuesday 20 July 2010 Gus Fisher ONZM passed away at the age of 89. While many people today recognise Gus Fisher as one of the country’s most generous and enthusiastic arts patron Gus first rose to national prominence in the world of high fashion. Gus Fisher was the creative force behind one of New… Read more »

Collections Online update: Mapping

Collections Online mapping

Mapping the collections This week we added a new feature to Collections Online, our first efforts to map our collection objects, specimens and other resources.  As you browse the collection, the Related Places section at the right of the page will generate a map of the places related to the collection item or resource – just click… Read more »

Don Peebles, ONZM (1922-2010)

Don Peebles, Relief construction, 1966

Don Peebles, one of the pioneers of modern painting in New Zealand died on Saturday 27 March at his home in Christchurch. He was 88. On behalf of Te Papa, I’d like to our offer sympathies to Prue, Don’s wife of fifty years, their children and grandchildren. He will be missed. Peebles’ long career as… Read more »

Save Yourself and Giraffe-Bottle-Gun

  • Judy Millar, Giraffe-Bottle-Gun, 2009. Installation detail. Image: Michael Hall
  • Judy Millar, Giraffe-Bottle-Gun, 2009. Installation detail. Image: Michael Hall
  • Judy Millar, Giraffe-Bottle-Gun, 2009. Installation view. Image Michael Hall.
  • Judy Millar, Giraffe-Bottle-Gun, 2009. Installation detail. Image: Michael Hall

My last post was about the installation of Judy Millar’s 2009 Venice Biennale project Giraffe-Bottle-Gun. This and Francis Upritchard’s Save Yourself are now open here at Te Papa, so as promised this post features images of the completed installations. Save Yourself A long view of the three works that make up Save Yourself. In the… Read more »

Installation in progress

  • The team beginning to roll the vinyl around the cylinder
  • The team beginning to roll the vinyl around the cylinder
  • The team preparing to roll out the vinyl around the cylinder.
  • The cylinder almost completely assembled.

Early last week we began the installation of Judy Millar’s Giraffe-Bottle-Gun.Giraffe-Bottle-Gun was Judy’s project for the last Venice Biennale and was on show in Venice, Italy from June to November 2009. The works are scaled up versions of her paintings – scanned and enlarged by computer, then printed onto the same vinyl used for billboards…. Read more »

Font designer: Joseph Churchward

In 2008, I co-curated a small show in our Illot Gallery about Samoan-born graphic designer Joseph Churchward, who has hand-crafted about 570 fonts to date. Last year, Joseph received the John Britten Award, from the Designers Institute of New Zealand, for outstanding leadership, vision and achievement in the field of type design. Here are four of my… Read more »