Visual Art

Reflections on a tram ride

Warren Feeney takes a tram tour around the inner-city and is surprised by what he hears - or doesn't hear.

OPINION: Warren Feeney takes a tram tour around the inner-city and is surprised by what he hears.

Celebrating a life dedicated to art

A photo taken of Olivia Spencer Bower in the 1920s.

A new biography of Olivia Spencer Bower reveals how the artist's life and work were difficult to separate.

The time for celebration is near

The Christchurch Art Gallery is scheduled to reopen to the public next month.

OPINION: Why the imminent re-opening of the Christchurch Art Gallery is cause for celebration

Painting reality

Kees Bruin, Insurgent, 2008, oil on canvas.

Allusions marks Kees Bruin's first Christchurch exhibition in almost a decade

Windswept and interesting

Margaret Stoddart New Brighton (undated). Watercolour. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, gift of William Ainslie Reece, 2011

Christchurch's windswept beaches source of inspiration for local artist

The power of the human eye

A 1970s black-and-white photograph of Russell Clark's South Westland painting failed to show up his signature, causing brief controversy in the New Zealand art world last week.

OPINION: What we've learned from The Mystery of the Red Moniker.

Near five-year wait almost over

Christchurch Art Gallery technician Scott Flanagan begins the process of reinstalling the gallery's artworks in preparation of next months' re-opening, by hanging John Gibb's Clearing up after rain, foot of Otira Gorge.

Christchurch Art Gallery director Jenny Harper reveals why she can't wait for next month's reopening

Reihana a good choice for Venice

Lisa Reihana's in Pusuit of Venus [infected] has been wowing audiences at the Auckland Art Gallery since it opened there in May.

OPINION: Lisa Reihana's Venus represents both contemporary art and a closure on past ideas

Street art festival wants your wall gallery

This artwork created by Rone on Worcester St is one of many commissioned by the Spectrum Street Art festival in Christchurch city centre.

A Christchurch street art festival is looking for building owners who want to turn their walls into works of art.

A show of Solidarity

This Gansu street lamp is one of many illuminating Christchurch's Park Terrace as part of Mischa Kuball's Solidarity Grid.

German artist Mischa Kuball reveals the inspiration behind his SCAPE project Solidarity Grid

The entry fee debate

Central and local government funding for museums and galleries has shrunk and continues to shrink, so is it time to start looking at charging entry fees?

Should our public galleries and museums charge an entry fee?

Artist at his happiest in Akaroa

Charles Meryon's (France, 1821–1868) Le Stryge (1873, Etching). Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, presented by Olivia Spencer Bower, 1979.

Tormented French artist had better days in Canterbury

SCAPE's artists rise to the challenge

Judy Millar's sinuous Call Me Snake places a gloriously vibrant punctuation mark on the cityscape, believes Christopher Moore.

OPINION: Why Christopher Moore is feeling a bit of a SCAPEgoat

Weaving the past and present together

Matthew McIntyre Wilson's Hinaki (Eel pot, detail) is one of the main works in his Recent Works exhibition at Christchurch's The National gallery on display until October 17

Recent Works highlights revelatory nature of artist's craft.

Rediscovering our landSCAPE

Judy Millar, Call me Snake, 2015. Commissioned by SCAPE Public Art. Image courtesy of the artist and Gow Langsford Gallery.

Warren Feeney takes a trip down Christchurch's temporary public art walkway

A clear future for COCA

The Centre of Contemporary Art has helped many local artists establish their careers, including the likes of  Neil Dawson, Bruce Edgar, Ross Marwick and Boyd Webb, who had their graduate exhibition from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts there in June, 1971.

COCA to reopen February 2016

A work that changed the landscape

Evelyn Page, Summer Morn, 1929. Oil on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, E Rosa Sawtell Bequest, 1940.

The Karamea Venus revealed

CoCA reopening delayed

The CoCA gallery building on Gloucester St during refurbishment in 2013.

The Centre of Contemporary Art has delayed its reopening by four months after discovering more work is needed on its Christchurch building.

The wonderland of contemporary Chinese art

East meets West at Sydney's White Rabbit Gallery in Eternity (2013) by Xu Zhen and Madeln Company. Buddhist images are transformed into the heads of Classical Greek sculptures in an artwork which crosses cultural boundaries.

Contemporary Chinese art - subversive, edgy and disturbing

Gormley statue on the Avon video

Artist Sir Antony Gormley's human form sculpture after being fixed into place in the middle of the Avon River by Alan Murray, left, and Benn Clothier, both of Piletech.

A statue designed by British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley has been installed in Christchurch.

Building closer artistic relations

Michael Parekowhai's inflatable bunny Cosmo McMurtry is one New Zealand work that has already made its way across the Tasman to Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales.

FoNZA opens new doors for Kiwi artists

More than just a sign of hope

Martin Creed 's EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT's understated pessimism should connect perfectly with frustrated and ambitious Christchurch residents, believes Warren Feeney.

OPINION: Creed's Alright - art's equivalent of a Keep Calm and Carry On mug

Painted love

Matt Fennell's Untitled (mural), part of the Plastic Memory exhibition which is on display at The Colombo until October 11.

A new generation of artists are drawing on their childhood loves to make collectable works

'Ironic' message of hope

British artist Martin Creed has used the same phrase in a number of neon artworks in cities like New York, Rome and Detroit.

A witty and defiant message of hope will gleam across central Christchurch in blazing neon letters more than a metre tall.

Artist sees world through dad's eyes

Birdlings Flat artist Lisa Wilkins-Pirika won a gold medal for her paintings at the World Art Games this month.

Lisa Wilkins-Pirika wanted to show her late father the World Art Games in Slovakia, so she made his glass eye into a bracelet.

Sculptures no waste of money

A computer generated image showing how Antony Gormley's STAY sculpture will look on the surface of the Avon River in central Christchurch.

OPINION: Buying art for a city severely deprived of beauty is not a waste of public money.

Museum in a reflective moood

Canterbury Museum exhibition Mirror Magic allows visitors to experiment and explore "the amazing properties of mirrors in fun and exciting ways".

Mirror Magic at the Canterbury Museum these school holidays

An anniversary worth celebrating

Artist Natalia Saegusa grew up in Ashburton and was a regular visitor to the public art gallery in her formative years.

In looking back at its past, Ashburton Art Gallery is firmly focused on a bright future

Drawing inspiration from life imitating art

Jason Greig, While heaven sleeps (2015), oil on board (and cropped here to fit electronic image size). An exhibition of Greig and Doc Ross's works is being held at  Chambers 241 gallery until September 19.

Printmaker fascinated by the curious and ominous

Architecture and film combine in Town Hall exhibition

Charles Luney, aged 97, in 2002.

When Charles Luney was interviewed in 2003, the master builder had no idea disaster would befall his creations.

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