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Sat 28 Mar 2009, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 21 Jun 2009, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Queen Street, New Plymouth

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Entering its fourth decade of collecting, the Govett-Brewster presents AM I Scared, Boy (EH): Collection works from then and now, showcasing the scope of the Gallery's significant contemporary and modern art holdings.

Curated by Gallery Director Rhana Devenport, this exhibition draws attention to the relationships and connections between individual works through a process of presenting paired artworks alongside each other.

The depth and diversity of the Collection is revealed through long standing and recently acquired works by Colin McCahon, Yvonne Todd, John Reynolds, Tony Fomison, Takashi Kuribayashi, Ralph Hotere, Lisa Reihana, Anne Noble, Gordon Walters, Francis Upritchard, Peter Peryer, Billy Apple, Fiona Clark, Laurence Aberhart, Shaun Gladwell, Len Lye and Rohan Wealleans.

Gallery Director Rhana Devenport says an exhibition shaped from the Gallery’s collection is understandably much anticipated;

“Beginning with prescient acquisitions of works by Colin McCahon and Ralph Hotere in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection has developed assuredly alongside its strong exhibition programme since 1970.”

Devenport says the Collection has responded to the seismic shifts and directional flows in New Zealand art as it has evolved over the past four decades while in recent years, key strategic acquisitions by international artists - with special attention to Australian, Pacific and Asian work - have formed the unique character of this important collection.

“Collections are by nature constantly in motion as they expand and evolve; importantly they also exist as rare and valuable taonga within and for the community. By pairing up individual art works, new conversations and dynamic relationships are offered to our audiences as fresh insights and perspectives on the works are invited.”

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