Archived: Five must see art exhibitions

on during Artweek in the central city
13 September, 2017

These must-see art exhibitions on show in galleries (and one construction site!) during Artweek Auckland feature Māori art, Italian art, painting, glitter, sculpture, furniture and more.

The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
$19 entry (free for Members), $25 entry on Late Night Art (10 October)

Take a step into the lofty world of Renaissance Florence with this exhibition of pieces from the private collection of Italy’s eminent Corsini family. Works by masters of art including Sandro Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto, Caravaggio and Jacopo da Pontormo encompass portraits, landscape, mythological and religious paintings, as well as sculpture, works on paper, furniture, costumes, embroidery, games, kitchen equipment and a lavish dining room set for six. On 10 October, you can explore the exhibition after hours during a special Late Night Art event - click here for more

Image: David St George, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2017

Black Matters II - Reuben Paterson
Gow Langsford Gallery

Art fans and magpies alike admire Reuben Paterson’s dynamic and sparkling creations in glitter and diamond dust. Be taken on a journey investigating the aesthetic, political and spiritual use of light and darkness by the artist in this series of new works. Drawing visual inspiration from fireworks, these works mimic the falling embers and explosions of colours seen against the night sky. Through the title Black Matters II, the artist references the Black Lives Matter liberation movement, which has gained significant momentum recently in USA and further abroad. 

The Cab at Civic Quarter
Aotea Square

This exhibition is interesting for both its art and its location. The large-scale FLOCK by Niki Hastings-McFall will be suspended in the entrance, resplendent in jewel tones, along with pieces from Gow Langsford Gallery represented artists. You can also take an inside look at the rebirth of the 1966 modernist classic building designed by Tibor Donner, as construction is now well underway on what will be ‘The Cab’ – the upscale apartment building billed as the ‘crowning jewel of Auckland's art and culture precinct’.

Whenua - Stevei Houkamau and Hera Johns
Kura Gallery

Uku/clay and ceramic works by two wahine Māori artists, Stevei Houkamau and Hera Johns from Nga Kaihanga Uku - Māaori Clay collective, will be on show during Artweek at Kura Gallery as well as works by other leading clay artists from throughout Aotearoa. Stevei’s work incorporates Māori and other Pacific Island patterns most commonly seen in Ta Moko and Tatau, using carved lines to accentuate curves and suggest contours, as well as to tell stories. Hera’s inspiration in working with uku comes from the connection with Papatuaanuku/Earth Mother – drawing from the simplicity of nature and the beauty and calm inherent in that simplicity.

Image: Hera Johns

Tastes like honey - Cat Fooks, Grace Wright and Diane Scott
Gus Fisher Gallery

Explore the diverse approaches taken by three different contemporary artists to the simple (or not so simple) act of applying paint to a flat surface. Cat Fooks, Grace Wright and Diane Scott’s works are united in their ability to break through the surface tension, although the similarities may end there. The curator invites us to consider the works as being crafted out of competing flavours of artisan honey: fruity, fresh and sweet, or earthy, nutty and a little bitter.

Banner images (left to right): Reuben Paterson, Untitled (2017), 1600 x 2200, glitter on canvas; Matteo Rosselli, The Triumph of David (1610), oil on copper, Florence, Galleria Corsini; Cat Fooks, Clam Bake (2016), oil and mixed media on board, 525 x 440mm (private collection, Auckland). Image courtesy of Anna Miles Gallery and the artist. Photo: Sam Hartnett.