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"Judy Darragh: So...You Made it?"
2004-05-15 until 2004-08-29
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington, , NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Judy Darragh came to prominence in New Zealand art in the 1980s. Then her witty and provocative assemblages of sentimental bric-a-brac from popular culture earned her the reputation as ‘Queen of Kitsch’, the mistress of a ‘tacky challenge’. Since the mid 1990s, when she announced her abdication from that queenly position, she has been immersed in creating art in an expanded range of media, both two- and three-dimensional, out of cheap and mass-produced materials. The results are astonishing, amusing, and thought-provoking.

This exhibition has been developed by Te Papa curator Natasha Conland in collaboration with Darragh and showcases over sixty works from the last eighteen years. It reviews the history of Darragh’s practice, while the inclusion of a brand-new body of work foregrounds her status as an artist of today. This is the first time since the Ralph Hotere exhibition that Te Papa has carried out a substantial project on a contemporary artist.

The show embodies the idea of art as ‘making’ or production, as hinted at in the exhibition’s title. Judy Darragh: So …You Made It?is also the title of a substantial Te Papa Press publication, timed to launch with the exhibition.


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