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July 13, 2009

The collapse of the mortgage system based on virtual credit and the consequent recession is an issue which has been virtually unavoidable in most political and media forums. This is certainly understandable; the recession has spurred an uncertainty—over the depth of its impact, the expected length of recovery, and the best cause of action—which lends […]

June 2, 2009

Max Gimblett once told a journalist that he was a beagle in a previous life. Whether or not he was joking, the point remains that this type of comment is not completely unexpected from the artist. It is impossible to speak of Gimblett without referencing his variety of spiritual beliefs, specifically his adherence to Jungian […]

May 25, 2009

Utopia / Dystopia is quite possibly the best exhibition I’ve seen so far this year. Each work displayed shows a remarkable subtle wit; a creativity that is complemented with a high level of technical skill and finish. The exhibition displayed at Toi Poneke Gallery is the work of 12 art teachers from Wellington, who have […]

April 27, 2009

Recently, the Thistle Hall gallery displayed the artwork of the late Bea Arthur and her partner, the late Bette Armstrong. Their collaborative oeuvres span a variety of genres, including impressionistic landscapes, floral still-lifes, depictions of pets. The artworks sell for incredibly low prices, between $10-50. Hung alongside the artworks are photographs of the couple collected […]

March 23, 2009

The Terracotta Warriors of Qin exhibition was originally set to have been shipped off by now; instead, it has been extended to mid-April. Well publicised, held on the first floor of St James Theatre and charging a $10 entrance fee, this exhibition has obviously been promoted as not only a display of art, but an […]

March 9, 2009

Trying to find entertainment in Wellington on a student’s budget can be difficult at the best of times; a visit to any one of Wellington’s many galleries, however, is an inexpensive way to spend the day. While most of these are dealer galleries, admission is usually free. Here is a list (although certainly not an […]

March 2, 2009

The calibre of art displayed on university premises is generally accepted as a prime indicator of the cultural sensitivity of that institution. Victoria University of Wellington follows such a mindset, with a collection of predominantly New Zealand art, with a growing focus on pacific art. There are works by key artists, including Colin McCahon, Ralph […]