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Tue 5 Feb 2013, 10:00am

Where: Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

The James Wallace Arts Trust is proud to present a sensational selection of male nudes from the Wallace Arts Trust Collection. The Collection holds a wealth of male nudes by New Zealand artists, spanning over five decades, showing a broad range of practices and concerns with the subject.

The exhibition features works by some of New Zealand’s most well known artists, as well as recent acquisitions by some of the country’s most exciting emerging and contemporary artists. Toss Woollaston, Mary McIntyre, Terry Stringer, Dick Frizzell, Euan MacLeod and Nigel Brown are among the established masters whose male nudes feature in the show, alongside recent works by amazing younger talents like Andrew McLeod, Sam Harrison, Catherine Carter and Young Sun Han.

The naked human form has traditionally occupied a high place in the order of preferred subjects for artists and patrons. For thousands of years artists have grappled with the challenge of how to represent the human body, either as an idealized form or as an individualized subject. In European art the classical foundations of the nude were laid down by the ancient Greeks and reinforced by the Romans before Christian times. In ancient Greek sculpture gods and heroes were depicted as nudes with idealized figures and highly developed musculature, expressing their superiority and perfection of form. During the European Renaissance artists revived interest in the classical nude as a focal point for humanist ideas, resulting in such masterpieces as Michelangelo’s David (1504).

Exhibition: 5 February 2013 - 14 April 2013 (Entry by donation)
Exhibition Opening: 4 February, 6-8pm
Public talk: 16 March, 7pm

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