June 24, 2020
Auckland Callery to survey Maori art
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is preparing a major survey of contemporary Māori art.
Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art will open in December and feature more than 300 artworks by 120 Māori artists dating from the 1950s to today.
Curator Nigel Borell says it will stimulate critical discussion about the place of contemporary Māori art while also presenting an occasion to celebrate its vitality and uniqueness.
The show will include painting, sculpture, printmaking, clay-making, jewellery and body adornment, photography, digital media, film and installation art, as well as new site-specific commissions by artists including Shane Cotton; Emily Karaka; Reuben Paterson; Lisa Reihana; Sandy Adsett and others.
Gallery Director Kirsten Paisley says the Māori creation narrative provides the exhibition’s framework, highlighting its enduring resonance and the multiplicity of interpretation that artists have bought to bear on the narrative in making their art.
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