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Visual Arts

Time on his side

The Refusal of Time

South African artist William Kentridge explains the genesis of his video work. now on show at Wellington's City Gallery.

Dotcom detritus drawcard

Tracking Simon Denny's rise in the art world

Simon Denny

Simon Denny's Secret Power installation will be New Zealand's next representative at the Venice Biennale.

In full flight

Juliet Best painting

Artist Juliet Best is grateful to have fantails, tuis and cabbage trees to paint, even if too often they are seen as cliches.

Colourful escape from life

Catherine Roberts

Colour, beauty and simplicity - that's the mantra of the top award winner at this year's Art Show.

'Chimp' exhibits arty talent

Chimp ash sisson

A can-do attitude and a love of skating is propelling a young Wellington artist to early success.

Flotsam and fluorescents

Artist's Venice lights litter Te Papa

light and junk

Two of Bill Culbert's light and junk sculptures that represented New Zealand in Venice go on display.

Light in the dark

Robin Hammond

Kiwi photographer Robin Hammond was desperate to escape his ‘boring' NZ existence for the real world.

Lightening things up

'It's a material that's kind of not there.'

Chris Bennewith

Designer Chris Bennewith can't pinpoint the reason for his fascination with light, but it's shaped his life.

Postcards from the edge

Postcard Strap

The unfinished stories of faded postcards inspired Heinz Sobiecki's exhibition Just a PC with love and kisses.

An invisible bullet

Hito Steyerl's doco

Two Wellington exhibitions are a reminder that art isn't insulated from the real world.

Selfie versus art

Harry Christian-Slade

In the tradition of portraiture, where does the selfie fit? Self-representation is now easier than ever.

In from the outside

Robert Rapson

Outsider artist Robert Rapson has followed up winning the country's top ceramics prize with another award.

Rich pickings

Soumaya Museum

Such is the amount of art on show in Mexico City, it's being hailed as 'the new Berlin'.

Beauty in cigarette butts


A contemporary jewellery exhibition at The Dowse is more cigarette butts than paua shells.

Pieters' ghosts and shadows

Kim Pieters exhibition

Patience and contemplation is needed to appreciate Kim Pieters' singular paintings and films at Wellington's Adam Art Gallery, but it is worth it.

Coming down to earth


Sculpture is losing its loftiness, with permanent and temporary works at Lower Hutt's Dowse Art Museum sporting quality and accessibility.

Too many loose ends


A Wellington exhibition about cinema and painting is surprisingly sensual and fascinating, but also frustrating.

Unseen Woollaston paintings


Paintings of Wellington by Toss Woollaston that have never been seen before are on show at Page Blackie Gallery.

South Pacific Dreams

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Inspired by Paul Gauguin's 19th-century Pacific paintings, Shigeyuki Kihara's photographs at Pataka are about the here and now.

Art a kind of alchemy

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A ground-breaking Wellington exhibition explores where film and painting meet and the results will surprise visitors, writes Tom Cardy.

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