• 100 Essential NZ Films
    100 Essential NZ Films
    ISBN: 9780958275095
    Title: 100 Essential NZ Films

    Including ""Yes,"" ""The Lord of the Rings,"" ""Whale Rider,"" ""Kaikohe Demolition"","" "" and ""Tonjan Ninja,"" this film reference provides a brilliant and unusual selection of the best New Zealand movies that encompasses feature films, short films, digifilms, and documentaries. From epic titles to unknown masterpieces, this comprehensive work provides personal reactions as well as tips for finding these screen gems along with an overall perspective concerning New Zealand's contributions to the global film industry.

    Film critic, Sale of the Century and Mastermind winner, and all-round modern Renaissance man Hamish McDouall spent several months in darkened rooms watching films to produce this brilliant and unusual selection. It encompasses feature films, short films, digifilms and documentaries. Yes, The Lord Of The Rings and Whale Rider are here, but so too are Kaikohe Demolition and Tongan Ninja. The book includes details of where to get hold of these gems so you can watch them in your own darkened room.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • 50 / Fifty: 50 Years of Aratoi
    50 / Fifty: 50 Years of Aratoi
    ISBN: 9780473495602
    Title: 50 / Fifty: 50 Years of Aratoi
    Author: WEVERS LYDIA (ED)

    The book features taonga in the Aratoi collection, with beautiful photographs and captivating stories of Wairarapa and beyond – a pair of huia (with the last reported sighting in the local Tararuas); tiki of bone, pounamu and also of celluloid and paua; a mah-jong set made with scrap wood and plastic from toothbrushes – among other materials – by Japanese prisoners of war in Featherston; Poem by Colin McCahon; wood engraving by E. Mervyn Taylor whose murals are a part of Masterton’s heritage, 17th century ceramics from Turkey; and a range of fine work by Wairarapa, national and international artists, colonial, modern and contemporary.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Animism in Art and Performance
    Animism in Art and Performance
    ISBN: 9783319665498
    Title: Animism in Art and Performance

    This book explores& Māori indigenous and non-indigenous scholarship corresponding with the term 'animism'. In addressing visual, media and performance art, it explores the dualisms of people and things, as well as 'who' or 'what' is credited with 'animacy'. It comprises a diverse array of essays divided into four sections:& Indigenous Animacies, Atmospheric Animations, Animacy Hierarchies and Sensational Animisms. Cassandra Barnett discusses artists Terri Te Tau and Bridget Reweti and how personhood and hau (life breath) traverse art-taonga. Artist Natalie Robertson addresses kōrero (talk) with ancestors through photography. Janine Randerson and sound artist Rachel Shearer consider the sun as animate with mauri (life force), while Anna Gibb explores life in the algorithm. Rebecca Schneider and Amelia Jones discuss animacy in queered and raced formations. Stephen Zepke explores Deleuze and Guattari's animist hylozoism and Amelia Barikin examines a mineral ontology of art. This book will appeal to readers interested in indigenous and non-indigenous entanglements and those who seek different approaches to new materialism, the post-human and the anthropocene.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $290.00
  • Apartment Living NZ
    Apartment Living NZ
    ISBN: 9780143770510
    Title: Apartment Living NZ

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Art Deco NZ: An Illustrated Guide
    Art Deco NZ: An Illustrated Guide
    ISBN: 9781869664824
    Title: Art Deco NZ: An Illustrated Guide

    This eye-catching book offers a national perspective on New Zealand's mid-twentieth century Art Deco heritage and explores its impact on the appearance of many of the country's towns and cities.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Art in Oceania: A New History
    Art in Oceania: A New History
    ISBN: 9780500239018
    Title: Art in Oceania: A New History

    The arts of Oceania are astonishing: great statues, daunting tattoos, dynamic carving, dazzling woven and painted fabrics, intricately carved weapons, and a bewildering variety of ornaments, ritual objects, and utilitarian but beautiful things. This landmark book breaks new ground by setting the art of Oceania in its full historical context and capturing an up-to-date understanding of the field. From archaeological findings of prehistoric art to the impact of pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial historical processes, it explores influences such as migration, trade, missionaries, pacification, tourism, nationalism and contemporary market factors, offering abundant new interpretations and addressing significant gaps in other publications. Factors that have been largely neglected until now, including the role of museums, the significance of colonial photography, indigenous modernisms and contemporary Pacific art, are covered alongside the familiar canon. This beautifully illustrated volume will appeal to general readers interested in world art, collectors, university students, scholars and museum professionals in the field.
    Authors: Peter Brunt, Nicholas Thomas, Sean Mallon, Lissant Bolton, Deidre Brown, Damian Skinner, Susanne Kuchler.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $155.00
  • Art NZ #173 Autumn 2020 (18/05/20)
    Art NZ #173 Autumn 2020 (18/05/20)
    ISBN: 9415006101933
    Title: Art NZ #173 Autumn 2020 (18/05/20)

    Format: Magazine
    Price: $9.80
  • Art that Moves: the Work of Len Lye + Dvd
    Art that Moves: the Work of Len Lye + Dvd
    ISBN: 9781869404222
    Title: Art that Moves: the Work of Len Lye + Dvd

    A companion to the author's bestselling biography of Len Lye, this compelling volume shifts the focus from Lye's life to his art practice and innovative aesthetic theories about the art of motion, which continue to be relevant today. Going beyond a general introduction to Lye and his artistic importance, this in-depth book offers a detailed study of his aesthetics of motion, analyzing how these theories were embodied in his sculptures and films."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $70.00
  • Artefacts of Encounter: Pacific Voyagers & Museum Histories
    Artefacts of Encounter: Pacific Voyagers & Museum Histories
    ISBN: 9781877578694
    Title: Artefacts of Encounter: Pacific Voyagers & Museum Histories

    The Pacific artefacts and works of art collected during the three voyages of Captain James Cook and the navigators, traders and missionaries who followed him are of foundational importance for the study of art and culture in Oceania.

    These collections are representative not only of technologies or belief systems but of indigenous cultures at the formative stages of their modern histories, and exemplify Islanders institutions, cosmologies and social relationships.

    Recently, scholars from the Pacific and further afield, working with Pacific artefacts at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge (MAA), have set out to challenge and rethink some longstanding assumptions on their significance.

    The Cook voyage collection at the MAA is among the four or five most important in the world, containing over 200 of the 2000-odd objects with Cook voyage provenance that are dispersed throughout the world. The collection includes some 100 artefacts dating from Cooks first voyage.

    This stunning book catalogues this collection, and its cutting-edge scholarship sheds new light on the significance of many artefacts of encounter.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
  • Artnews NZ - Autumn 2020 (25/05/20)
    Artnews NZ - Autumn 2020 (25/05/20)
    ISBN: 9415078000202
    Title: Artnews NZ - Autumn 2020 (25/05/20)

    Format: Magazine
    Price: $11.50
  • At the Beach: 100 Years of Summer Fashion in NZ
    At the Beach: 100 Years of Summer Fashion in NZ
    ISBN: 9780994114716
    Title: At the Beach: 100 Years of Summer Fashion in NZ

    At the Beach: 100 years of summer fashion in New Zealand celebrates changing beach fashions and fun since the early 1900s. What we did and what we wore reveals our relationship to the coast and the changes in social attitudes to modesty and participation in leisure pursuits. From the neck to knee bathers of the Edwardian era to the skimpy bikinis of the 1970s and beyond see how and why swimwear shrank. With over 100 archival and recent photos the book shares some personal beach experiences, explores the relationship between glamour and the beach, the rise of the perfect tan and uncovers the history of our swimwear industry riding the local and global fashion wave. At the Beach goes in search of the influence of the beach on our New Zealand identity.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Athfield Architects
    Athfield Architects
    ISBN: 9781869405915
    Title: Athfield Architects
    Author: GATLEY JULIA

    Over many years, Ian Athfield and his team at Athfield Architects have reshaped New Zealand architecture - from the Buck House at Te Mata Estate to Wellington's Civic Square, from Jade Stadium to Athfield's own sprawling settlement on the Khandallah hills. Reflecting on half a century of work, Julia Gatley's landmark book introduces a major body of architecture that will lead readers through modernism, postmodernism and beyond. Its four-part structure traces Athfield's formative years; the fledgling firm and its radical 1960s and '70s houses; its important break into commercial work; and finally its impact in the public, urban and institutional realms. ATHFIELD ARCHITECTS combines newly commissioned photography, evocative original architectural drawings and a rich text informed by extensive archival research and interviews with key figures in the firm. Taking us from the slums of Manila to the streets of post-quake Christchurch, this major book shows how New Zealand's leading contemporary architect is transforming the way we all might live.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
  • Auckland Architecture A Walking Guide
    Auckland Architecture A Walking Guide
    ISBN: 9780995113534
    Title: Auckland Architecture A Walking Guide
    Author: WALSH JOHN

    In this handy pocket guide, well-known architecture writer John Walsh teams up with architectural photographer Patrick Reynolds to offer a self-guided walking tour of 50 significant Auckland buildings, from the Victorian era to the brand new. The sparkling and informative text is accompanied by maps for each of the six routes.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Auckland Museum Director's Choice
    Auckland Museum Director's Choice
    ISBN: 9781785511738
    Title: Auckland Museum Director's Choice

    - Auckland Museum houses the world's leading collection of Maori taonga (treasures) and, reflecting Auckland's place as the world's largest Polynesian city, multiple traditional and contemporary arts from throughout the Pacific region - The Museum's natural history and documentary heritage holdings are among the most extensive in the southern hemisphere - New photography showcases the key items in the collection in exquisite detail - Part of the successful Director's Choice series Auckland Museum, founded in 1852, just 12 years after New Zealand became a British colony, was the nation's first public museum. From the outset the Museum was encyclopedic in its collecting of 'specimens illustrative of the Natural History of New Zealand - also, Weapons, Clothing, Implements of New Zealand, and the Islands of the Pacific'. Starting in a farm cottage, the Museum is now one of the most important in Oceania. Dominating the central Auckland landscape, its monumental Greek Revival building is one of the visual icons of the city. The building is also a memorial to the war dead of the Auckland province, hence the Museum's full title, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Auckland Museum houses the world's leading collection of Maori taonga (treasures) and, reflecting Auckland's place as the world's largest Polynesian city, multiple traditional and contemporary arts from throughout the Pacific region. The Museum's director, David Gaimster, explores this extraordinary collection, each item with its own compelling backstory.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Big Ideas for Small Houses
    Big Ideas for Small Houses
    ISBN: 9780143773245
    Title: Big Ideas for Small Houses

    A look at a range of small houses around New Zealand, and the strategies the owners used to get a toehold in the tight housing market. From building a secondary dwelling on an existing family section, to tiny houses on pocket handkerchief pieces of land, these approaches to housing will give ideas and inspiration to all wondering how it can be possible to own a first home in the twenty-first century. Each entry begins with a statement about the strategy the owner used to achieve a home of their own.
    The houses range in size from 100 square metres right down to a very cosy 34 square metres!
    Beautifully photographed, and including plans and costs, the houses presented are in Puhoi, west and north Auckland, Raglan, Tamahere, Taupiri, Whanganui, New Plymouth, Wellington and Christchurch.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Bill Culbert Making Light Work
    Bill Culbert Making Light Work
    ISBN: 9781869404390
    Title: Bill Culbert Making Light Work
    Author: WEDDE IAN

    Celebrating one of New Zealand's most distinguished artists, this substantial monograph reviews the artistic accomplishments of Bill Culbert. Exploring the predilections and passions that have fueled Culbert's art over the past 50 years, this account presents an in-depth exploration of his preoccupation with lightstemming from his days as a student in London in the late 1950s. Demonstrating how he has deployed his concepts through numerous mediums, this survey illustrates the domestic-scaled works, dazzling large-scale museum installations, and public spaces such as the Champs Elysees in Paris and the Millennium Dome in London. Suggesting that energy, travel, congeniality, and conviviality are also key to understanding Culbert's work, this study depicts the diversity of his pieces, from wall-mounted light sculptures made of white fluorescent tubes and colored plastic containers to his installations of objects from the dump near his home. From his studies in Auckland and London to his life-changing visits to Philadelphia and France, this chronicle explores every facet of Culbert's career, providing a thoughtful and compelling overview of an art aficionado.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $100.00
  • Brent Harris: Towards the Swamp
    Brent Harris: Towards the Swamp
    ISBN: 9781877375576
    Title: Brent Harris: Towards the Swamp

    New Zealand-born artist Brent Harris is a leading, high-profile contemporary artist in Australia. Harris's artworks explore uneasy psychological states and childhood trauma. He uses automatic drawing - a way of working that allows the subconscious to rise to the surface - as his starting point to create grotesque, elegant and immediately engaging works of art. In this beautifully designed catalogue, leading art writers Lara Strongman, Robert Leonard and Justin Paton introduce this remarkable artists to New Zealand audiences for the first time

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
  • Bronze Affair: Ken Kendall In His Own Words
    Bronze Affair: Ken Kendall In His Own Words
    ISBN: 9780995110755
    Title: Bronze Affair: Ken Kendall In His Own Words

    Ken Kendalls deep desire to live by his art took him around the world through thick and very often thin. For forty years his response to what he saw took form, initially in ceramic and terracotta, then flourishing in bronze, with many sculptures cast by the artist himself. From life-size works to cotton-reel people, Kens humour and fundamental understanding of the human condition transformed his materials, and eventually after years struggling to make a living as a sculptor brought him artistic recognition and an international following.

    Told in his own words, A Bronze Affair is the story of how Ken went from school teacher to Franciscan monk and master sculptor. It takes us into a creative mind, shows how religion sustained the man and where the artist found inspiration.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $95.00
  • Brown Book Maori in Screen Production
    Brown Book Maori in Screen Production
    ISBN: 9780473250669
    Title: Brown Book Maori in Screen Production

    'The Brown Book: Maori in screen production' was commissioned by Nga Aho Whakaari, the association of Maori in screen production, and written by Ella Henry and Melissa Wikaire. It was launched in 2013. The Brown Book outlines the history of the Maori screen industry, the role that Nga Aho Whakaari has played in that evolution, and an introduction to Maori society and culture, particularly for those involved in screen production (film and television) who may interact with Maori communities, or draw on Maori language and culture.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • Bungalow: From Heritage to Contemporary
    Bungalow: From Heritage to Contemporary
    ISBN: 9781775535911
    Title: Bungalow: From Heritage to Contemporary

    A glorious celebration of one of New Zealand's most significant residential architectural styles.

    If you live in a house built before 1940, chances are it's a bungalow. It may be small and utilitarian, or it may be a high-flown celebration of the Arts and Crafts movement, loaded with inglenooks, stained-glass windows and wood panelling .... either way it's a housing style that's instantly familiar to New Zealanders: well built, snug, and full of character. LIke its antecedent, the villa, its style has given our older suburbs their generous atmosphere and tone.

    In this splendid book, edited by Nicole Stock, New Zealand's best architectural writers and historians document the bungalow's complex past and its varied and eminently modifiable present.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • Carried Away: Bags Unpacked
    Carried Away: Bags Unpacked
    ISBN: 9781988547183
    Title: Carried Away: Bags Unpacked

    The bag, and the handbag in particular, has achieved high fashion status, but what's the cultural and historical significance behind the bag? Why do we use them and not just have pockets? Why don't men routinely use them? Does every culture have a tradition of using bags? The Auckland Museum exhibition Carried Away: Bags Unpacked is a collection of 150 bags from their Applied Arts and Design Collection, a nationally significant research archive of key makers and designers from New Zealand and abroad, and this book serves as both a photographic record and an exploration of the symbolism and power behind bags. Grace Lai, curator of the collection, unpacks issues carried by the bag: of colonialism, the economy, consumption, gender politics, and whakapapa. Issues that remain relevant to not only museums and their collections but also to society today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Cellular Memory: Elizabeth Thomson
    Cellular Memory: Elizabeth Thomson
    ISBN: 9780473426477
    Title: Cellular Memory: Elizabeth Thomson

    For over three decades, Elizabeth Thomson’s art has engaged with issues to do with science, imagination, culture and, increasingly, what it means to live in the South Pacific region in the 21st century. Cellular Memory presents some of the most seductive and lyrical, yet often perplexing, works produced in New Zealand during that period. The works also speak of such timely concerns as global warming, over-fishing of oceans, pollution and environmental degradation. Thomson asks fundamental questions such as: How does humanity fit within the broader world of nature; and to what extent are we are a part of, or distinct from, our environment? Rather than offer simple answers, her works elicit feelings, states of being, reminding us of P. A. Tomory's assertion that 'sensation not fact is the stimulant of the true visionary'.

    A highly illustrated publication coincides with the major survey exhibition Elizabeth Thomson – Cellular Memory at Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, 2017-18, and then touring nationally. With essays from Gregory O’Brien and Lloyd Jones, poetry Jenny Bornholdt.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • City House Country House: NZ Houses
    City House Country House: NZ Houses
    ISBN: 9781775538516
    Title: City House Country House: NZ Houses

    The much anticipated follow-up to the bestselling Big House, Small House.

    City House, Country House explores 40 of New Zealand’s most outstanding residential projects in locations ranging from intensely urban to spectacularly remote. New family homes, suburban alterations, city apartments, coastal beach houses and rural retreats are all included in this impressive collection of recently completed projects, reflecting a growing diversity of living styles and architectural responses across the country.

    Thoughtfully photographed and with accompanying plans and text that probes the design rationale behind each project, this is a highly collectable survey of some of New Zealand’s most innovative and interesting homes.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $85.00
  • Cloth: an Inspirational Guide to Cotton, Linen...
    Cloth: an Inspirational Guide to Cotton, Linen...
    ISBN: 9780857831590
    Title: Cloth: an Inspirational Guide to Cotton, Linen...

    Organised into five sections - Cotton, wool, silk, linen and hide - 'Cloth' provides insight into their craftsmanship and history and includes striking projects that make the most of each fabric's properties, such as using antibacterial hemp to make napkins. Projects include: cotton tote bag, waxed cotton purses, Liberty print cushions, silk sari curtains, a tie-dyed silk scarf, wool oven gloves, pillow covers and a dog bed.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Colin McCahon: There is Only One Direction Vol. 1 1919-1959
    Colin McCahon: There is Only One Direction Vol. 1 1919-1959
    ISBN: 9781869408954
    Title: Colin McCahon: There is Only One Direction Vol. 1 1919-1959

    The extraordinary first volume of a two-volume work chronicling forty-five years of painting by our most important artist, Colin McCahon.

    Colin McCahon (1919–1987) was New Zealand’s greatest twentieth-century artist. Through landscapes, biblical paintings and abstraction, the introduction of words and Maori motifs, McCahon’s work came to define a distinctly New Zealand modernist idiom. Collected and exhibited extensively in Australasia and Europe, McCahon’s work has not been assessed as a whole for thirty-five years.

    In this richly illustrated two-volume work, written in an accessible style and published to coincide with the centenary of Colin McCahon’s birth, leading McCahon scholar, writer and curator Dr Peter Simpson chronicles the evolution of the artist’s work over McCahon’s entire forty-five-year career.

    Simpson has enjoyed unprecedented access to McCahon’s extensive correspondence with friends, family, dealers, patrons and others. This material enables us to begin to understand McCahon’s work as the artist himself conceived it. Each volume includes over three-hundred illustrations in colour, with a generous selection of reproductions of McCahon’s work (many never previously published), plus photographs, catalogue covers, facsimiles and other illustrative material.

    This will be the definitive work on New Zealand’s leading artist for many years to come.


    Dr Peter Simpson is a former associate professor of English at the University of Auckland. He is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books including Colin McCahon: The Titirangi Years, 1953–1959 (AUP, 2007) and Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933–1953 (AUP, 2016). He has also curated three significant exhibitions of McCahon’s work. He received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement (non-fiction) in 2017.


    ‘New Zealand’s foremost artist Colin McCahon is many things to many people: modernist, visionary, environmentalist, shaman, preacher, rustic provincialist, bicultural trailblazer, painter-poet, graffiti artist, teacher, maverick . . . Peter Simpson’s account interrogates as well as accommodates all of these possibilities. Guiding us year by year through the artist’s career, he offers a ground-breaking overview of the life’s work of a tenacious, brilliant and endlessly fascinating figure.’ – Gregory O’Brien

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
  • Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance: Essays in Memory of Jonathan Mane-wheoki
    Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance: Essays in Memory of Jonathan Mane-wheoki
    ISBN: 9781776561094
    Title: Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance: Essays in Memory of Jonathan Mane-wheoki

    Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (1943–2014) was a much loved and respected academic and curator of broad and varied interests, who made an immense contribution to New Zealand art history over almost half a century. His scholarship was matched by a terrific generosity of spirit and personal charisma. Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance is a remarkable tribute to his memory from friends, colleagues and former students alike. Its contents are as varied and interesting as the man himself: Victorian church architecture and liturgy, mysticism, the New Zealand International Exhibition of 1906, the Toi Te Papa exhibition of 2006, traditional and contemporary Maori art, and the artists Thomas Benjamin Kennington, Gottfried Lindauer, Colin McCahon, Tony Fomison, Philip Clairmont and Emily Karaka are all included here. Beautifully illustrated and scholarly yet readable, this book is a powerful testament to the inspiration of a remarkable person.


    Deidre Brown
    Conal McCarthy
    Ian Lochhead
    Jenny May
    Robyn Peers
    Mark Stocker
    Katherine Lochnan
    Linda Tyler
    Peter Simpson
    Lara Strongman
    Sarah Farrar
    Roger Blackley
    Chloe Cull
    Karen Stevenson
    Huhana Smith and Penny Allan
    Caroline Turner
    Anna-Marie White
    Jonathan Mane-Wheoki

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • Colours of A Life: The Life & Times of Douglas MacDiarmid
    Colours of A Life: The Life & Times of Douglas MacDiarmid
    ISBN: 9780473423834
    Title: Colours of A Life: The Life & Times of Douglas MacDiarmid
    Author: CAHILL ANNE

    This biography is the lively, persuasive and colourful story of a talented bisexual man who had to leave New Zealand to find a life as a painter on his own terms. Now almost 95, still resident in Paris, he is oldest survivor of his extraordinary generation of creative New Zealanders, and perhaps a missing link - the one who got away and slid under the radar for choosing to pursue a global career rather than a domestic living. Douglas MacDiarmid has achieved an international reputation as an expatriate New Zealand painter, long based in France but acutely in tune with his homeland. He defies labelling, acclaimed particularly as a superb colourist and for the diversity, technique and intellectual rigour of his paintings. His life and insights have the distinction of straddling almost a century of cultural trends and influences, in New Zealand and abroad. Just as the diversity of MacDiarmid's paintings has something for everyone, this book will appeal to a wide audience. Apart from those interested in art, New Zealanders making it abroad, motivational life stories of overcoming the odds, history and cultural change, the biography is expected to attract an enthusiastic readership among art professionals and students, collectors and entities, diplomats, and the still-marginalised gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Indeed, Douglas hopes his biography will be a positive example to encourage other conflicted people to follow their inclinations and dreams. More widely, this book is for anyone looking for inspiration to liberate their potential and dedicate their life to doing what they love. "My past is made up of so many different stages, so many different chapters packed with experience that goes from the most ecstatic to the most anguishing." - DOUGLAS MACDIARMID

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • Cook Voyages Encounters: the Cook Voyage Collections of Te Papa
    Cook Voyages Encounters: the Cook Voyage Collections of Te Papa
    ISBN: 9780994136282
    Title: Cook Voyages Encounters: the Cook Voyage Collections of Te Papa

    Almost 250 years after James Cook first sighted Aotearoa in October 1769, world-wide interest in all aspects of his exploration of the Pacific endures. In this handsome book, widely respected Pacific scholar Janet Davidson details the collection of Maori, Pacific and Native American objects associated with Cook's voyages that is held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Crafting Aotearoa: A Cultural History of Making in NZ & the Wider Moana Oceania
    Crafting Aotearoa: A Cultural History of Making in NZ & the Wider Moana Oceania
    ISBN: 9780994136275
    Title: Crafting Aotearoa: A Cultural History of Making in NZ & the Wider Moana Oceania

    A major new history of craft that spans three centuries of making and thinking in Aotearoa New Zealand and the wider Moana (Pacific). It tells the previously untold story of craft in Aotearoa New Zealand, and proposes a new idea of craft - one that acknowledges Pakeha, Maori and wider Moana histories of making, so that the connections, as well as the differences and tensions, can be identified and explored.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $85.00
  • Creative Victoria: A History of 119 Years of Creativity at Victoria University of Wellington
    Creative Victoria: A History of 119 Years of Creativity at Victoria University of Wellington
    ISBN: 9781776562060
    Title: Creative Victoria: A History of 119 Years of Creativity at Victoria University of Wellington

    Creativity isn’t all about individual inspiration and work. It sparks from the cross-fertilisation of energy and imaginations and ideas, and thrives in institutional, social and cultural places that recognise the worth of cultural activity and creative expression, and that make room for and foster it.

    Over 119 years (and counting) Victoria University has made huge contributions to the cultural and creative life of Wellington and New Zealand, and beyond—in music, art, theatre, film, architecture, creative literature and publishing. It has actively sought to encourage creative thinking and creative expression—in a diversity of forms, across a diversity of fields—and to establish the creative arts as not only a legitimate but a vital part of the institution and its work.

    This is a story not only of the creative activity that has come out of Victoria, but also of the university’s role as a custodian of cultural treasures, and of its engagement with creative and cultural life beyond its doors. It is a rich and distinctive history, one of which the University of Wellington can be proud.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Desire of the Line: Ralph Hotere Figurative Works
    Desire of the Line: Ralph Hotere Figurative Works
    ISBN: 9781869403430
    Title: Desire of the Line: Ralph Hotere Figurative Works

    Alongside the large abstract paintings for which he is so much admired, Ralph Hotere has throughout his career produced countless beautiful figurative works - drawings and paintings. In this book Kriselle Baker introduces these works and presents a rich selection of 142 images focusing especially on the gorgeous Woman series, a constant in Hotere's work from the 1960s. These are wonderfully varied, many composed of the simplest lines effortlessly suggesting warmth, intimacy and pleasure; others have flashes of colour or denser lines. Also included are a smaller group of works from Song Cycle, originally drawn for a stage performance and evoking movement and sound. The introductory essay, in which Baker explores the history of these images, their distinctive qualities and their role in relation to Hotere's better-known work, is followed by a catalogue of 112 full-page images and a list of works.--BOOK JACKET.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $60.00
  • Dynamo Hum
    Dynamo Hum
    ISBN: 9780994130655
    Title: Dynamo Hum

    Foreword by Matt Blomeley
    Essays by Anna Miles and Francis McWhannell
    Conversation with Allan Smith and Denys Watkins
    Design by Index – Jonty Valentine
    DYNAMO HUM is an artist book by Denys Watkins, featuring his paintings from 2004 to 2016.
    Denys is a highly respected New Zealand contemporary artist. A long serving teacher of thirty-one years at Elam School of Fine Arts that, in 2011, he left to pursue full-time studio art practice.
    Here he turns his multifaceted interests to creating a book as art statement.
    From the introduction by Matt Blomeley:
    Dynamo Hum presents an enticing and rare glimpse into the practice of an artist whose work bridges several generations yet remains undeniably in the present . . .
    Completely resolved formally, yet liminal and mysterious, Denys Watkins’ paintings are the result of endless curiosity and intense labour . . .
    Viewed en masse, the effect is like a jukebox of carefully curated 45s, each work and title a modernist tone poem reflecting the fascinations and recalled moments of an individual with a voracious appetite for culture . . .
    Watkins has observed all manner of cultural artifacts in an artistic career now spanning five decades. Images, objects, textures, sounds and shapes, anything deemed relevant and necessary to a particular composition or series has been fair game within his visual milieu.
    The metaphor of music is especially relevant for Watkins; a keen guitarist and avid music fan. Recent years have seen him combining nature and abstraction. Reflecting his humanism and concerns for the natural world, the success of these paintings relies on carefully working out the corybantic visual stimuli residing within each composition until a fine level of balance is achieved. It is a compelling way of engaging with abstraction. Adhere labels as you please: on point, political, environmental, bricoleur, collector, craftsman . . .
    Discussing his work, Watkins says, ‘It’s a sort of tapestry of information, weaving in events and histories and all determined by the way the paint goes down, then embellished to construct formal visual activity.’

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • E Mervyn Taylor Artist Craftsman
    E Mervyn Taylor Artist Craftsman
    ISBN: 9781877338557
    Title: E Mervyn Taylor Artist Craftsman
    Author: BRYAN JAMES

    Portrays the story of New Zealand s greatest exponent of the art of wood engraving. His images have enduring power and beauty.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Eco Home: Smart Ideas for Sustainable NZ Homes
    Eco Home: Smart Ideas for Sustainable NZ Homes
    ISBN: 9780143771531
    Title: Eco Home: Smart Ideas for Sustainable NZ Homes

    Everything you need to know to build, renovate or just live in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.

    With loads of inspirational photographs of New Zealand homes, this book is packed full of practical and accessible information.

    It presents the modern home by moving from room to room, to look at structural materials, furnishings and general life hacks to improve your personal green-star rating. As well as the living spaces (kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, office, living area, utility rooms and outdoor areas) it also looks at the wider issues - why make an eco home at all? Also covered are- principles of sustainable building, choosing a property, building a team of professionals, foundations and floors, the structure and the shell.

    In a compact and colourful package, this book is both entertaining and informative. A must-have for all people with an eco-conscience.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Eileen Mayo: Nature Art & Poetry
    Eileen Mayo: Nature Art & Poetry
    ISBN: 9781877375552
    Title: Eileen Mayo: Nature Art & Poetry

    Calling on the natural world around her for inspiration, Eileen Mayo’s extraordinary skill with line, colour and composition made her one of Britain’s foremost print artists in 1930s London, where she exhibited alongside the likes of Claude Flight, Sybil Andrews and Cyril Power. Mayo left it all behind when, in 1953, she abandoned London for Sydney then Christchurch, each move generating a new body of work. This is the first substantial publication on Mayo, publishing for the first time many of her exquisite neo-romantic wood engravings, prints, designs and book illustrations that continue to enthral and delight audiences.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • Elizabeth Lissaman: NZ's Pioneer Studio Potter
    Elizabeth Lissaman: NZ's Pioneer Studio Potter
    ISBN: 9780994130662
    Title: Elizabeth Lissaman: NZ's Pioneer Studio Potter

    'Elizabeth Lissaman: New Zealand’s Pioneer Studio Potter' traces the life and works of New Zealand’s pioneering woman studio potter. It is fully illustrated with over 100 images, especially photographed, of Lissaman’s pottery selected from private and public collections. Illustrations also include images of her designs and historical family photographs. The biography is meticulously researched and written by Jane Vial, and Steve Austin contributes an essay placing her work in the wider international contexts of art deco and decorative modernism, as well as the history of women’s art and social standing in early 20th century New Zealand. Together, this book is a definitive biography and art history of arguably the first independent, professional studio potter in New Zealand.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Filming the Colonial Past: The NZ Wars on Screen
    Filming the Colonial Past: The NZ Wars on Screen
    ISBN: 9781988531083
    Title: Filming the Colonial Past: The NZ Wars on Screen

    The New Zealand Wars were defining events in the nation’s history. Filming the Colonial Past, an engaging new book from Annabel Cooper, tells a story of filmmakers’ fascination with these conflicts over the past 90 years. From silent screen to smartphone, and from Pakeha adventurers
    to young Maori songwriters, filmmakers have made and remade the stories of this most troubling past.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Finding Frances Hodgkins
    Finding Frances Hodgkins
    ISBN: 9780995102972
    Title: Finding Frances Hodgkins
    Author: KISLER MARY

    "When Frances Hodgkins, our most celebrated artist, first left New Zealand in 1901, location became a key factor in her determination to succeed as an artist. In this engaging book, curator Mary Kisler follows in Hodgkins footsteps through England, France, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Wales to discover the locations in which Hodgkins constantly pushed her exploration of modernism. Warm, insightful, fresh, expert and richly illustrated with more than 70 artworks, this handsome book sheds new light on Hodgkins life, art and social milieu."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Fiona Pardington: the Pressure of Sunlight Falling
    Fiona Pardington: the Pressure of Sunlight Falling
    ISBN: 9781877578090
    Title: Fiona Pardington: the Pressure of Sunlight Falling

    European explorers of the Pacific in the 18th and early 19th centuries faced a problem -- how to describe the people they met and report what they had seen and found. From Cook onwards, a serious expedition included artists and scientists in its ship's company. An ambitious journey of the 19th century was the third voyage of the French explorer Dumont d'Urville, from 1837 to 1840. It was just before the invention of photography, when phrenology, the study of people's skulls, was the latest thing. D'Urville chose to take on the voyage an eminent phrenologist, Pierre-Marie Dumoutier, to preserve likenesses of people by making life casts. When the expedition returned to France, the casts were displayed, and later stored in the MusÚe de l'Homme in Paris, to be joined eventually by other casts from Dumoutier's collection, including those of the d'Urville and Dumoutier families. All were overtaken by photography and history. Fiona Pardington first learnt of the life casts in 2007, when a chance conversation initiated a four-year project. It took her from Auckland to the MusÚe de l'Homme, as she researched and photographed some of more than fifty casts of Maori, Pacific and European heads, including casts of her Ngai Tahu ancestors. This book publishes these photographs and coincides with the opening of a major travelling exhibition. The photographs are extraordinarily beautiful, evocative and spiritually powerful images. They recover likenesses and revive the life force of Dumoutier's subjects, eliciting our empathy and fascination with a world we can never really know. This is a rich and engaging book. With essays by leading scholars in Pacific history, art and photography, on subjects as diverse as phrenology and cast-making, the voyage, and the identity of the Maori casts, it will appeal to anyone interested in nineteenth-century encounters between voyagers and the peoples of the Pacific, or contemporary art and photography.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys
    Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys
    ISBN: 9781869408930
    Title: Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys

    A vivid and revealing book published alongside a landmark exhibition focused on one of New Zealand's most internationally recognised artists, Frances Hodgkins.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
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