The CAPITAL ! returns to its birthplace in the NORTH !!
A selection of major works by many of New Zealand's most important cultural figures makes its first journey off campus since the inception of the collection in 1942 by Dr John Beaglehole. The unique status of this academic collection was finally acknowledged with a purpose built gallery, the Adam Art Gallery and an ongoing series of contextual exhibitions programmes and publications by gallery director Zara Stanhope.
WAM director Scott Pothan approached the Adam Art Gallery with the idea of touring key works from the collection, dispersed throughout the campus to a first-time gathering outside Wellington.
Detail: Richard Killeen Welcome to the South Pacific 1979 Victoria University of Wellington Art collection
Collection highlights selected by Adam Art Gallery director Zara Stanhope, Capital! presents a number of works from the VUW Art Collection especially selected for Whangarei Art Museum. Zara explains: This selection gives a sense of both the tradition and innovation that are integral characteristics of this Collection. Selections reflect the heritage of the university in its location in the capital city and works that are foundational in terms of their subject matter for the visual arts - landscape, still life and the nude - and for representing artists central to the history of twentieth century New Zealand art.
Artists included in this tour are Bill Culbert, Don Driver, Robert Ellis, Dick Frizzell, Fred Graham, Louise Henderson, Ralph Hotere, Robyn Kahukiwa, Richard Killeen, Colin McCahon, Milan Mrkusich, Evelyn Page, Don Peebles, Peter Peryer, John Pule, Helen Stewart and John Weeks.
Some key works:
Long White Cloud by Bill Culbert
Maori population hits bottom figure 42,113 by William Dunning
Rakaumangamanga 20 Aperika by Robert Ellis
Te Awhi Ki Ruahine by John Bevan Ford
Muriranga-Whenua by Robyn Kahukiwa
Welcome to the South Pacific by Rick Killeen
Shell by Peter Peryer
Mamkava by John Pule and a video by Lisa Taouma and John Pule The Bond of Time
Long White Cloud