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"Shane Cotton: Works from the Last Fifteen Years"
2003-07-13 until 2003-10-19
City Gallery Wellington
Wellington, , NZ

Shane Cotton is one of Aotearoa New Zealand's most significant contemporary painters; the large body of work that he has produced over the last fifteen years has helped redefine the nature of contemporary Maori artistic practice. From 13 July - 19 October 2003 City Gallery Wellington, with Principal Sponsor Telecom New Zealand, will present what promises to be one of the year's most eagerly anticipated and talked about exhibitions - the first major survey exhibition of Shane Cotton's work.

Shane Cotton, curated by Lara Strongman, Senior Curator at City Gallery, will be presented in three of City Gallery's four exhibition spaces and spans the period 1993 to 2003. The exhibition will include images that have been considered by many critics to be among the most significant paintings to be produced in New Zealand over the last decade. It will also include several works not previously publicly exhibited, as well a substantial body of new work.

Shane Cotton (Ngati Rangi, Ngati Hine, Te Uri Taniwha) is one of a small group of prominent artists of dual Maori and Pakeha descent. Trained within a European art school tradition, Cotton's work explores aspects of his bi-cultural heritage - and by extension, examines the nature of New Zealand cultural identity.

Cotton's work has been included in more than sixty exhibitions in New Zealand and internationally, and he has held more than twenty solo exhibitions of his work in both New Zealand and Australia. His works are included in all major public collections in New Zealand, and in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

The first comprehensive account of Shane Cotton's practice, the exhibition at City Gallery Wellington will trace the artistic and conceptual development of Cotton's work from 1993 to today, including his most recent powerful dark paintings dealing with issues of land, spirit and identity.

Coinciding with the opening of Shane Cotton will be the launch of the first major publication examining the work of this prominent New Zealand artist. 2003 marks 15 years of Shane Cotton's professional practice and represents a timely moment for such a publication. Heavily illustrated and containing essays by Lara Strongman, John Huria, Blair French and Jim Barr and Mary Barr, Shane Cotton will enable those people who cannot visit the exhibition access to Cotton's ideas and images.

IMAGE
Shane Cotton,
Idol, 2002
oil on canvas
1400 x 1400 mm


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