Visual Arts

Beauty in cigarette butts


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

Pieters' ghosts and shadows

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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.

London ticket wins award


When scrounging round for money to get to London, artist's grandfather commissions three portraits - one of which wins national award.

Artist in pieces for new Te Papa work


A sculptor has finally seen his four large sculptures, complete, upright and in situ for the first time, outside Te Papa.

A lure to art lovers


Fish lures and cotton buds have been transformed into surprisingly arresting artworks in a Wellington exhibition by Richard Frater.

Art in the architecture

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Twentieth century NZ architectural forms echo, not surprisingly, in the work of a Wellington-born artist who made his name in Australia.

Print-making rubbing it in


A new Wellington exhibition sets out to show that printmaking is still very much alive and a contemporary art form.

A taste of Pacific architecture

Wellington houses, generic, homes

NZ's Pacific-style architecture and tradition of light timber buildings will be showcased at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Offbeat work full of surprises


Could there be a thing more absurd yet poignant than a clay copy of one of those small plastic bottles of lemon juice designed to look like a lemon?

Smitten by photography


Arts Foundation laureate Laurence Aberhart made life difficult by falling in love with photography, but it is 'better than working'.

Strong year for capital arts

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The year in the arts in Wellington has felt marked by regrouping and rearrangement.

Watercolours take on new meaning


Traditionally considered bright and light, watercolour is used in very different ways, including camouflage, by artist Georgie Hill in her first show at a public art gallery.

Poetic and powerful artworks

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Pataka in Porirua offers a smorgasbord of contrasting and complementary art in multiple exhibitions.

Exhibit's animal magneticism


Exotic animals are the stars of a new exhibition at The Dowse Art Museum. Diana Dekker asks what their appeal is to Kiwi artists

Relish the diversity of taste

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What seems old hat to some is stimulating to others - and that's the way things should be.

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