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Five Māori Painters


Thu 27 Mar 2014–Sun 15 Jun 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Experience the power of painting and uncover connections between the work of contemporary Māori artists and their forebears in this compelling exhibition. View Aotearoa New Zealand through the work five artists and gain a new understanding of the relationships that make our country unique.

Discover the way Māori painting has developed through the work of senior practitioners, Robyn Kahukiwa, Kura Te Waru Rewiri and Emily Karaka, and next-generation painters, Star Gossage and Saffronn Te Ratana.

Explore the interweaving of iconic Māori symbols with contemporary socio-political commentary in the mural-like narrative paintings of Kahukiwa. Contrast her approach with bold kōwhaiwhai paintings by Te Waru Rewiri, and compare Karaka's energetic and fluid brushwork focused on Treaty of Waitangi claims with Gossage's ethereal figures and Te Ratana's three-dimensional paintings.

Significant examples of painted hoe (canoe paddles), heke (rafters) and work by 19th-century artist George French Angas help contextualise the contemporary artwork by establishing an older painting tradition.

Saturday 22 February - 15 June 2014
Level 2 - free entry

Supporting Partner: JB Were
Exhibition partner: Te Waka Toi, the Māori Arts Board of Creative New Zealand

Image credits:
Saffronn Te Ratana 'Whakarongo ki te karanga' 2014 (installation detail). Collection of the artist

Kura Te Waru Rewiri 'Front' 2003, acrylic on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2012

Emily Karaka 'Te Uri O Te Ao' 1995, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with the assistance of Reader's Digest New Zealand Limited, 1997

Robyn Kahukiwa 'War' 2013, alkyd oil on canvas, private collection, Auckland

Star Gossage 'Woman in Veil' 2006, oil on board, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2013

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