Visual arts

04/06/13

You don’t need to have any prior knowledge to enjoy it—this quick guide aims to brush away its pretensions and misconceptions, and make art genuinely enjoyable.

27/05/13

The film-exhibition succeeds as a documentation of Manet and his art, but as a format to replace the experience of seeing paintings first-hand it does not.

20/05/13

Whenever the media reports on another famous painting being auctioned off for millions, it comes across as not just incomprehensible, but ridiculous. So what makes people spend their fortunes on a piece of canvas, and is any piece of art really worth it?

13/05/13

Beautiful Creatures is an exhibition of youth, fantasy and desire.

06/05/13

A dark cartoonist, an oil painter, an eerie filmmaker and a public performance artist—the group of nominees is generously representative and excitingly diverse.

29/04/13

Considering the breadth of artworks to encounter, this ‘micro museum’ is definitely worth a couple of visits.

15/04/13

The City Gallery is currently featuring a vibrant range of exhibits, with two collections, Moving on Asia: Towards a New Art Network and Len Lye: Kaleidoscope standing out in particular.

08/04/13

Desk Collection is a retrospective of Saskia Leek’s paintings currently at the Dowse in Lower Hutt. The name comes from the fact that every painting included in the exhibition could have been made at a desk; they average A4 in size. The paintings are intimate in subject as well as scale. Leek’s early paintings recall [...]

25/03/13

The 19th Century architect Otto Wagner wrote that “it may be accepted as proven that art and artists have always represented their epoch”. This is easy to see—art and architecture are perhaps the easiest way of visually communicating a period of time—an image of the Great Pyramids compared to an image of Beijing’s Bird’s nest [...]