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5 Art Exhibitions to See This Month

Wednesday 8 July 2015

From the year’s best photo journalism to Michael Jackson fans, we take a look at some of July’s best art exhibitions around the country.

World Press Photo Exhibition
The annual World Press Photo competition is the world’s leading contest for professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers. 2014 was “an unrelenting news year”, according to jury chair Michele McNally, bringing us conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza, the dissolution of the Arab Spring and an Ebola epidemic. The travelling exhibition of 134 photographs will be on display on the top floor of Smith & Caughey’s this month and promises to be as engaging and thought provoking as ever.
7-26 July, Smith & Caughey’s, Auckland

Tiny Travelling Gallery
After a trip to the USA and Europe, the Tiny Travelling Gallery is back in Auckland, opening at Depot Artspace on July 18th. The Tiny Travelling Gallery is an exhibition showcases over 30 artists from New Zealand, representing a broad selection of Lowbrow art including comic books, art toys and street art. Contained within a specially made suitcase, The Tiny Travelling Gallery was created by artists Scott Savage and Colleen Pugh as a way to take New Zealand-made pop art to international art fairs. This exhibition features work by Pinky Fang, Dylan Horrocks, Toby Morris and Evie Kemp.
18 July – 5 August, Depot Artspace, Auckland

Candice Breitz
If you haven’t yet seen Candice Breitz’s spectacular exhibition at the City Gallery Wellington, this is your last chance. Three major works are on display; each exploring pop culture stereotypes to address the way identities are created and performed. In 'King (A Portrait of Michael Jackson)' (2005), sixteen Michael Jackson fans perform the entire Thriller album. The performers were chosen from hundreds who responded to advertisements she placed on fan websites and magazines. Each participant was selected based on the strength of their obsession with Michael Jackson, rather than the strength of their performance. All sixteen videos are shown in sync, creating a collective choral cover version.
Until 26 July, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington

Vital Bodies
Dunedin’s Blue Oyster Art Space was one of the first artist-run spaces in the country, and has a strong history of supporting experimental and innovative art practices. Vital Bodies, opening on July 8th, is curated by artist Georgina Watson and brings together the work of five contemporary artists, writers and theorists from New Zealand and Australia. Wellington-based artist Georgette Brown (whose work, ‘The Miraculous Flowering’ is pictured above) will show alongside Wendelien Bakker, Anna Rankin, Sam Norton, Virginia Overell and Holly Childs.
8 July – 1 August, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin

Selling the Dream – NZ Graphic Art Tourism Posters
Rotorua’s museum is currently playing host to Selling the Dream, an exhibition of graphic art tourism posters from the 1920s-1960s. The exhibition includes more than 50 lithographs and silk-screen prints and is a discerning look at how the tourism industry and our country’s national identify was developed throughout the mid century. It seems fitting that Selling the Dream is opening in New Zealand’s tourism capital.
4 July – 11 October, Rotorua Museum, Rotorua