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Shane Cotton - The Hanging Sky


Wed 2 Oct 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 3 Oct 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 4 Oct 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 5 Oct 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 6 Oct 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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During the 1990s Shane Cotton (Ngapuhi: Ngati Rangi, Ngati Hine, Te Uri Taniwha) emerged as a provocative voice in New Zealand art. His detailed and probing paintings took his dual Pakeha and Maori heritage as a starting point and contributed to the debates around identity politics and biculturalism in New Zealand.

In the mid-2000s, however, Shane Cotton’s paintings changed. Instead of a concern with the land and its histories, Cotton turned his attention upwards, to the expansive canvas of the sky. Jettisoning many of his trademark images, removing all reference to stable horizons, and employing an uncanny, nocturnal palette of blue and black, Cotton opened up a new painted space—one that suggested both the outer spaces of science fiction and a mythic spirit realm or underworld.

The new exhibition 'Shane Cotton: The Hanging Sky' is a journey through this distinctive airborne world, as Cotton has enlarged, explored and complicated it across six years of energetic art-making. This exhibition is a chance for New Zealand audiences to experience this period of change and transformation in the work of one of our country’s most esteemed painters.

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