Saturday, 25 November 2017
Gordon Walters: New Vision is this week's stunning Book of the Week. Best known for his positive/negative koru stacks, Walters, as this book demonstrates, was a remarkably diverse and accomplished abstract artist.
The book, and the exhibition it accompanies, are curated by Lucy Hammonds, Julia Waite and Laurence Simmons. There are essays by these curators, and by Deidre Brown, Peter Brunt, Rex Butler, A.D.S. Donaldson, Luke Smythe and Thomas Crow. Walters is considered as a modernist innovator straddling New Zealand and transnational concerns, and opening a pathway between his influences and the artists that came after him. He is notable for his adoption of precedents and motifs from traditional and contemporary Maori art.
>> "The most important dialogue in the last century of New Zealand art, if not the only important one."
>> Curators on the radio.
>> The exhibition shows first at the Auckland Art Gallery and then at the Dunedin Art Gallery.
>> A press release.
>> Walters in Art New Zealand.
>> The book has just been long-listed for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
>> We'll be posting images from the book in our instagram gallery every day this week.