Category Archives: Art

Eye on the Prizes: Extrinsic Motivation in the Arts

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  With the Walters Prize 2014 winner to be announced in October, I’m sure questions [read: rage-fuelled letters to The Herald] are going to be raised about the value of art prizes in New Zealand, whether we need such prizes and why the arts can’t seem to fund themselves. Neither can the America’s Cup either it seems, but that’s something… Read more »

Whale Oil of a Different Kind

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  Let me try to explain this modern art lark. You’ve got the day off work.  It’s sunny.  All you want to do is something different.  You’re tired of politics and rugby.  You’re sick of Soho and delivered pizza. You’re tired of thinking Ponsonby might have something to offer you as an individual.  You decide to try the Gallery because… Read more »

Rough sleeping in Auckland

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During the week I visited the Walters Prize 2014 exhibition at the Auckland City Art Gallery. Before I hit the exhibition halls, I had a coffee upstairs and sat outside, just casually observing the environment, doing some people watching and noticing the ‘rules’ of gallery life. On my table was a sign: It’s true to say that birds will fly… Read more »

The Auckland Art Gallery – Walters Prize 2014

  Today I visited the Auckland City Art Gallery (ACAG), mainly to view the Walters Prize finalists. If you didn’t know, The Walters Prize is probably the most visible and contentious art prize in the land.  Now they’re calling it the ‘toughest’ art prize. It’s based on the Turner, held each year at the Tate Britain in London. You must… Read more »

The $100,000 shower curtain

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  Whaleoil’s analysis of the proposed expensive dividing curtain at the Devonport library is never going to be kind.  Read about it here. However, as usual, attempts at beautifying Auckland are getting trashed by the angry ratepayers and Len Brown detractors. What is public art for?  It’s for the public to look at and to form an opinion about something… Read more »

Picturing Killers: The Gow Langsford Debate

UPDATE 6/5/14:  The artist and father of Sio Matalasi have now talked and it has been decided the image is going to remain up at the Gow Langsford Gallery. ____________________________________________________ There is a reasonable squall around the images by artist Jono Rotman on display at Gow Langsford in Auckland, a well-known dealer gallery. The images depict gang members from the… Read more »