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When:

Sat 1 Aug 2009, 12:00pm–4:00pm
Tue 4 Aug 2009, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 5 Aug 2009, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 6 Aug 2009, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 7 Aug 2009, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: St Paul St Gallery, 40 St Paul Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: StPaulSt

St Paul St is proud to present a solo exhibition with works by Alberto Garcia-Alvarez (born 1928 in Barcelona, Spain; lives in Auckland) from July 16 – August 7, 2009.

Since 1994 (the year of his retirement from Elam School of Fine Arts), Garcia-Alvarez has dedicated his time exclusively to the “daily practice of painting” without any ambition to show his work publicly. The exhibition at ST PAUL St is therefore a great opportunity to rediscover the work of an important artist who has contributed considerably to the history of art in New Zealand.

Paintings are certainly at the centre of his practice. He often works in series to explore the possibilities of a particular approach. Canvases with gestural marks stand next to more constructed paintings, explosions of colour beside canvases with cut out triangles in opaque fields of singular colour, linear structures alongside cloudy, painterly configurations of indeterminable depth. Besides paintings, Garcia-Alvarez continuously worked on small sculptures, often bricolage-like constructions of simple wood, painted in yellow and red. They can be seen as variations on the theme of the cross. Another field of explorations were lithographs and experiments with photographic plates.

Garcia-Alvarez held solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San José Art Centre as well as the Auckland City Art Gallery and Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth. The exhibition at ST PAUL St will showcase the wide range of Garcia-Alvarez’s practice; however, the main focus will centre on his large scale works on paper.

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