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Songbirds & Elephants for Sale: Works from the Collection


Thu 3 Jun 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 4 Jun 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 5 Jun 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 6 Jun 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 7 Jun 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, 42 Queen St, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

The Govett-Brewster is proud to present two major installations from its contemporary art holdings with Songbirds and Elephants for Sale: Two Works from the Collection; an exhibition on show at the Gallery from 24 April to 7 June 2010.

Admired New Plymouth artist Don Driver’s Elephants for Sale 1986 was inspired by the artist’s impressions of vividly painted elephants and the haunting sounds of traditional sitar music experienced during a 1985 trip to India. Los Angeles-based Pae White’s Songbirds 2001, alludes to migratory birds, suggesting both flight and stillness. The works reflect the Collection’s focus on contemporary art from the Pacific region.

Created by artists from different generations, continents and artistic practices, this unlikely coupling creates an extended otherworldly environment where the symbolic power of music, abstraction, animal and bird life and the everyday, combine to create new imaginative possibilities.

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