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Ludicrous Likenesses: The Fine Art of Caricature


Thu 19 Oct 2017, 10:30am–4:30pm
Fri 20 Oct 2017, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sat 21 Oct 2017, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sun 22 Oct 2017, 10:30am–4:30pm
Mon 23 Oct 2017, 10:30am–4:30pm

Where: New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Caricature is portraiture of the every day, documenting the highs and lows of our society. Ludicrous Likenesses: The Fine Art of Caricature marks the 25th anniversary of the New Zealand Cartoon Archive, bringing together depictions both hilariously crude and subtly subversive from the Alexander Turnbull Library Collection.

Following caricature from the 17th Century, all the way through to contemporary digital cartoons from familiar names – Slane, Scott, Murdoch and more – this exhibition shows caricature beyond just ‘funny faces’. Caricature can amuse and entertain as well as question and provoke.

The exhibition has been curated by Alexander Turnbull Library’s Dr Oliver Stead (Curator Drawings, Paintings and Prints) and Hannah Benbow (Research Librarian, Cartoons).

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