• Patterson: Houses of Aotearoa
    Patterson: Houses of Aotearoa
    ISBN: 9780500022191
    Title: Patterson: Houses of Aotearoa

    In Maori culture, architecture is approached as a construction of beliefs: a building must emulate and amplify personalities, hopes, and aspirations, becoming a physical expression of those who inhabit it. These ideas and others are the inspirations behind the design projects of New Zealand architect Andrew Patterson, who has been designing houses and civic projects in the country for over thirty years.This book showcases twenty of Patterson's recent houses, offering both an overview of the spectacular homes and a photographic journey through New Zealand from stunning seascape retreats to mountain cabins. Each house reveals how Patterson's architecture responds to the region's breathtaking landscape--telling the story of the country's cultural history and creating a sense of place and belonging. This volume is interspersed with thematic sections that present Patterson's key influences, such as the culture and lifestyles of New Zealand, and Maori architecture, art, and mythology.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $95.00
  • Peter McLeavey: The Life & Times of a NZ Art Dealer
    Peter McLeavey: The Life & Times of a NZ Art Dealer
    ISBN: 9780987668844
    Title: Peter McLeavey: The Life & Times of a NZ Art Dealer

    From Montana award-winning author Jill Trevelyan comes the first biography of Peter McLeavey, the charismatic, pioneering art dealer who since the 1960s has shaped u even transformed u New Zealand art. McLeavey's personal story is remarkable, but his contemporaries will recognise common themes: the religious upbringing, the struggle to be bohemian in repressive mid-century small town New Zealand, the challenges of marriage and fatherhood, the dilemma of whether to stay or leave New Zealand, and the need to make a mark. Through exclusive access to McLeavey's extensive and hitherto untapped archive of letters, diaries, exhibition files and more, this book offers insights into the artists McLeavey has represented across half a century. Here, in their own words u lively, salty, and often heart-breaking u are Colin McCahon, Toss Woollaston, Len Lye, Milan Mrkusich, Michael Smither, Gordon Walters, Michael Illingworth, Don Driver, Robin White, John Reynolds, Yvonne Todd and many more.
    Far more than a simple biography, this is the big story of contemporary New Zealand art itself, in a period of massive change and growth, and Trevelyan offers an utterly fresh and compelling historical account of the birth of the modern art market and the status of art today. A must-read for anyone interested in New Zealand's art, culture or recent history.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Place for the Heart: The Life & Times of Dave Comer, Photographer & Location Scout
    Place for the Heart: The Life & Times of Dave Comer, Photographer & Location Scout
    ISBN: 9780947503406
    Title: Place for the Heart: The Life & Times of Dave Comer, Photographer & Location Scout
    Author: CAREY PETA

    Dave Comer was a highly respected and reknown photographer and film location scout, popularly known as `The man who found Middle Earth¿ for his central role in finding what are now the world famous locations for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. He lived much of his life in and around Fiordland, New Zealand, photographing the region from the 1970s until he died in late 2014. A Place for the Heart presents some of his most beautiful and compelling images, alongside the story of Dave¿s life and work ¿ from the early years jetboating in the Hollyford Valley, to his involvement in the helicopter venison industry, to over thirty years in the international film industry. Above all, A Place for the Heart tells of Dave¿s deep understanding and love of Fiordland. Written by his wife Peta Carey, the narrative follows not only Dave¿s life, but her own journey in making sense of his legacy. A Place for the Heart is told through stories, letters and magnificent photography, and with a foreword by Sir Peter Jackson, offers a moving insight into one man¿s lifelong connection and understanding of the New Zealand wilderness.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Railway Houses of NZ
    Railway Houses of NZ
    ISBN: 9780908573950
    Title: Railway Houses of NZ

    The previously untold story of New Zealand’s iconic railway houses, of which more than 3,700 are dotted around the New Zealand landscape. As New Zealand Railways pushed the rail network about New Zealand, opening new country for development, a challenge presented itself to house railwaymen in country areas where infrastructure didn’t exist or was newly formed. Railways only alternative was to construct houses for their employees. Initially part of the Public Works Department responsibilities, eventually an Architectural Branch within New Zealand Railways was formed under George Troup. This development lead to new designs of railway houses, a design that was to become symbolic in the New Zealand landscape. To manufacture these houses, Railways set up a sawmill and special factory in Frankton, kit-setting houses, delivering them by rail as parts packs and ultimately erecting them about the country. As well as far-flung reaches of the railway system, Railways ended up developing “model” railway settlements at places as diverse as Otahuhu, Newmarket, Frankton, TeKuiti, Taumarunui, Ohakune, Taihape, Palmerston North, Napier, Eastown, Kaiwharawhara, Christchurch, Arthur’s Pass, Otira, Dunedin and other places around the country. These houses were supplemented in later years by newer designs. This book covers the housing scheme, sawmill and house factory, the railway settlements, the maintenance programme, the house numbering system, and as a railwayman and his family, what it was like living in a railway house, and how railway families interacted socially, often located in distant isolation from towns and cities. The book closes with Government’s exit from railway house ownership in the 1990s and a chapter on the railway house survivors that have been lovingly restored by current owners. Complementing the text is a lavish selection of black and white and colour images from the era and current day. Railway houses and the nearby railway environment where they were located are extensively featured.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Reading Room: Journal of Art & Culture Issue 5 2012
    Reading Room: Journal of Art & Culture Issue 5 2012
    ISBN: 9781254899909
    Title: Reading Room: Journal of Art & Culture Issue 5 2012

    Although pervasive and multifarious, the role reading plays in creative, curatorial and critical practice is commonly taken for granted.

    The Space of Reading responds to questions like: What are we reading and why? How do we read? And how do we know what to read? What makes for a great reading experience and what makes a great reader? What are the relations between reading and viewing?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Reclaim That
    Reclaim That
    ISBN: 9781742577999
    Title: Reclaim That

    This current and popular trend taps into people's desire to be creative, to surround themselves with beautiful things, and embellish their homes and surroundings with their own DIY efforts. Sarah Heeringa has a flair for the art of homemaking and she presents double-page spreads of inspirational interiors, together with practical step-by-step projects, to suit all ranges of skill, from cute pincushions and recycled kitchen jars to furniture makeovers, lighting solutions, and paint techniques.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • Repurposed: NZ Homes Using Upcycled Materials & Spaces
    Repurposed: NZ Homes Using Upcycled Materials & Spaces
    ISBN: 9780143771746
    Title: Repurposed: NZ Homes Using Upcycled Materials & Spaces

    An on-trend home design book, featuring an inspiring array of homes that have made good use of recycled and upcycled materials, structures, spaces and furnishings. Included in the mix are industrial and farm buildings that have been converted for living and furnished appropriately with vintage and repurposed industrial fittings.

    The book features 20 homes located throughout the country that feature a variety of clever solutions and design styles. There is everything from repurposed container homes to army barracks, farm utility buildings, churches and urban spaces finished with upcycled and repurposed furnishings.

    The homes are in Lyttelton, Auckland, Wellington, Mahurangi, Cambridge, Cromwell, Christchurch, Queenstown, Hawke's Bay, Coromandel and Rangiora.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Ripe Fruit Vol. 2 (Tony Watkins)
    Ripe Fruit Vol. 2 (Tony Watkins)
    ISBN: 9781253792755
    Title: Ripe Fruit Vol. 2 (Tony Watkins)
    Author: DEVITT SIMON

    Ripe Fruit Vol. 2, is the second book in a series of eight, celebrating an array of New Zealand artists. The subject of volume two is Tony Watkins – architect, educator, environmentalist and all-round maverick.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Ripe Fruit Vol. 2 (Tony Watkins)
    Ripe Fruit Vol. 2 (Tony Watkins)
    ISBN: 9781253792751
    Title: Ripe Fruit Vol. 2 (Tony Watkins)
    Author: DEVITT SIMON

    Ripe Fruit Vol. 2, is the second book in a series of eight, celebrating an array of New Zealand artists. The subject of volume two is Tony Watkins – architect, educator, environmentalist and all-round maverick.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Scenic Playground: The Story Behind NZ's Mountain Tourism
    Scenic Playground: The Story Behind NZ's Mountain Tourism
    ISBN: 9780994146021
    Title: Scenic Playground: The Story Behind NZ's Mountain Tourism

    This lavish book explores the story behind the promotion of New Zealand's mountains through posters, advertisements, hand-coloured photos and more. It explains how the country built its reputation as an alpine playground and, alongside, how mountains became central to belonging in Aotearoa.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • Seeds of Life: The Bone Art of Bruce Mahalski
    Seeds of Life: The Bone Art of Bruce Mahalski
    ISBN: 9780994130679
    Title: Seeds of Life: The Bone Art of Bruce Mahalski

    ‘Seeds of Life – the Bone Art of Bruce Mahalski’ is a new book by scientist and artist, Craig Hilton. It realises the symbiotic potential of art–science collaborations with an unrelenting intensity. Both Mahalski and Hilton are interested in the ethical and philosophical implications of using biological material (living and non-living) in art to critique what they see as outdated and ‘species-dangerous’ social norms. The ethics of collecting biological material and making art with it are also discussed. The book’s title refers to the Ancient Aztec’s belief that their gods used human bones as seeds to grow new ones and Mahalski’s firmly held opinion that bones are not symbol’s of death but beautiful and enduring reminders of life. This sixty-four page book is illustrated by photos of Mahalski’s work by many noted NZ photographers including Michael Hall, James Gilberd and Andrew Ross.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Self-portrait
    ISBN: 9781869407841
    Title: Self-portrait

    From a childhood in London orphanages to half a century in New Zealand photographing wine-makers and artists, children and kuia, Marti Friedlander has lived a rich life - one defined by the art of looking, seeing, capturing on film. In Self-Portrait, Marti tells her story for the first time. As unflinching and clear in prose as in her photographs, she describes growing up in a London orphanage, being Jewish, working in a Kensington photography studio, marrying a New Zealander and moving to a challenging new country. Here she spent her life photographing the ordinary and the extraordinary, protests and politicians, balloons and beaches. Seeing with a stranger's eye, Marti Friedlander describes how she captured the transformation of New Zealand life over more than fifty years. This book is a rich meditation on one women's photographic journey through the twentieth century.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Selling the Dream: Classic NZ Tourism Posters
    Selling the Dream: Classic NZ Tourism Posters
    ISBN: 9781869664442
    Title: Selling the Dream: Classic NZ Tourism Posters
    Author: ALSOP PETER

    Vintage New Zealand tourism posters from 1920-1960 show a glamorous destination for international visitors. In the heady days of early tourism, New Zealand was viewed as a wonderland of scenic beauty, with spectacular sport-fishing, unique Maori culture, diverse geography and ease of travel -with planes and trains transporting visitors all over the country.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Shops
    ISBN: 9780908689941
    Title: Shops

    A portrait of New Zealand shops - disappearing, sad, beautiful, comic, lonesome, dirt poor, rich in spirit - by writer Steve Braunias and photographer Peter Black. In 44 colour images and an essay that combines intensely personal memoir with reflections on how the online and stripmall revolution has created ghost towns, The Shops is a tender, striking work of art by two of our most acclaimed artists.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Small House Living
    Small House Living
    ISBN: 9780143573357
    Title: Small House Living

    Smart, space-efficient houses are becoming the way of the future. Small House Living showcases an inspiring collection of homes measuring less than 90m2 from around New Zealand. Family homes, baches and apartments are included in the line-up; all of them demonstrating ingenious ways to reduce space and cut costs within a design-enriched environment.

    Small House Living is a book in tune with the current preoccupation with creating affordable housing solutions. Anyone interested in living well with less will find inspiration in the compact yet highly considered homes featured.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Subconscious Restaurant
    Subconscious Restaurant
    ISBN: 9782009201206
    Title: Subconscious Restaurant
    Author: WHITE FUNGUS

    Format: Magazine
    Price: $10.00
  • Tall: The Design & Construction of High-Rise Architecture
    Tall: The Design & Construction of High-Rise Architecture
    ISBN: 9781138350762
    Title: Tall: The Design & Construction of High-Rise Architecture
    Author: MARRIAGE GUY

    This is a guide to both the basics and the details of tall building design, delving into the rudimentary aspects of design that an architect of a tall office building must consider, as well as looking at the rationale for why and how a building must be built the way it is.

    Liberally illustrated with clear, simple black and white illustrations showing how the building structure and details can be built, this book greatly assists the reader in their understanding of the building process for a modern office tower. It breaks down the building into three main components: the structure, the core and the facade, writing about them and illustrating them in a simple-to-understand manner. By focusing on the nuts and bolts of real-life design and construction, it provides a practical guide and desk-reference to any architect or architecture student embarking on a tall building project.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $71.00
  • Tanya Ashken: Jeweller, Silversmith, Sculptor
    Tanya Ashken: Jeweller, Silversmith, Sculptor
    ISBN: 9780473349646
    Title: Tanya Ashken: Jeweller, Silversmith, Sculptor

    This publication, the first major survey of Tanya Ashken’s
    work, features ninety of her silversmithing and jewellery
    pieces and 66 sculptures. 168 pages in total
    Three writers have contributed essays, each focusing on a
    different aspect of Tanya’s life. Lesleigh Salinger presents a
    concise biography of her life and works, while Philip Clarke
    looks at a life shared between Tanya and her husband, John
    Drawbridge. Damian Skinner’s piece examines how Tanya’s
    work fits into the New Zealand arts and crafts scene.
    Born in London in 1939, Tanya was educated at Bedales, a
    coeducational boarding school in Hampshire, where craft
    and academic subjects were taught with equal emphasis.
    There she spent a lot of time in the wood and metal workshop,
    gaining her silversmithing hallmark at 13 years old.
    In 1963 she moved with John, a New Zealander, to Wellington
    where many silversmithing and jewellery commissions were
    awarded, notably a silver and greenstone Bishop’s crosier
    for Nelson Cathedral and a NZ Arts Council gift of
    a silver and amethyst pendant, which was presented
    to Princess Anne on her 1970 tour of New Zealand.
    Sculptural works, constructed from steel and cement,
    carved out of stone and wood or built from wire
    and plaster of Paris, then cast in bronze and aluminium,
    complete Tanya’s oeuvre. Her most recognizable work
    being Albatross, the 3.5 meter high water sculpture,
    on Wellington’s waterfront (which gave rise to the
    establishment the Wellington Sculpture Trust in 1986).

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Tatau: A Cultural History of Samoan Tattooing
    Tatau: A Cultural History of Samoan Tattooing
    ISBN: 9780994136244
    Title: Tatau: A Cultural History of Samoan Tattooing

    Tatau is a beautifully designed and richly illustrated retelling of the unique and powerful history of Samoan tattooing, from 3,000 years ago to modern practices.

    The Samoan Islands are virtually unique in that tattooing has been continuously practiced with indigenous techniques: the full male tattoo, the pe'a has evolved in subtle ways in its design since the nineteenth century, but remains as elaborate, meaningful, and powerful as it ever was.

    This cultural history is the first publication to examine Samoan tatau from its earliest beginnings. Through a chronology rich with people, encounters, and events it describes how Samoan tattooing has been shaped by local and external forces of change over many centuries. It argues that Samoan tatau has a long history of relevance both within and beyond Samoa, and a more complicated history than is currently presented in the literature.

    It is richly illustrated with historical images of nineteenth and twentieth century Samoan tattooing, contemporary tattooing, diagrams of tattoo designs and motifs, and with supplementary photographs such as posters, ephemera, film stills and artefacts.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
  • Theo Schoon: A Biography
    Theo Schoon: A Biography
    ISBN: 9780995100176
    Title: Theo Schoon: A Biography

    Émigré artist Theo Schoon was fascinating, unorthodox, controversial, pioneering and at times reckless. His life intersected with important cultural periods and places, where what it meant to be modern in New Zealand were being debated andarticulated in art, literature, music and theatre.The art he pioneered and promoted - M¿ori rock drawings, the drawings of a psychiatric patient, M¿ori moko and k¿whaiwhai, the abstract patterns ofgeothermal activity in Rotorua - were decisive for many other New Zealand artists, including Gordon Walters. And his example, as an academically trained artist with a good knowledge of modern European art and a commitment to do whatever it tookto pursue his artistic projects, was both an inspiring and a cautionary tale.Schoon's is a life less well known now than it deserves to be. This superb, highly illustrated biography by one of New Zealand's best art writers corrects that imbalance and examines Schoon's claims on the development of art and culture in Aotearoa in the twentieth century.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $60.00
  • This Is It! It's Your Life, Live It
    This Is It! It's Your Life, Live It
    ISBN: 9780473246563
    Title: This Is It! It's Your Life, Live It

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art
    This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art
    ISBN: 9781869408589
    Title: This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art
    Author: BYRT ANTHONY

    In April 2011, Anthony Byrt was living in Berlin and building a career as a critic, writing about contemporary art for magazines like frieze and Artforum International. Then one day his world turned upside down. A baby boy, two weeks in intensive care, and Byrt, his wife and new-born son suddenly found themselves booked on a one-way trip home to New Zealand. This Model World is a portrait of what Byrt found when he came back. Built around hundreds of hours spent in galleries, artists, studios and on the road from Brisbane to Detroit to Venice, this is a deeply personal journey through the contemporary New Zealand art world. It's a book about major figures like Yvonne Todd, Shane Cotton, Billy Apple, Peter Robinson, Judy Millar and Simon Denny, and emerging artists such as Luke Willis Thompson, Shannon Te Ao and Ruth Buchanan. It's about severed heads and failed cities; about hot young things and old men with a final point to prove; about looking for God and finding Edward Snowden; and it's about what it means to investigate the boundary where our bodies hit the world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa NZ's Women's Comics
    Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa NZ's Women's Comics
    ISBN: 9780994120502
    Title: Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa NZ's Women's Comics

    Women in Aoteroa New Zealand make comics. They make slick professional comics and homemade crafty ones. some are conventionally attractive and some are beautifully ugly. Some have logical linear narratives and some are cerebral visual leaping swirls. There are big proud comics and small humble ones, widely distributed comics and one-offs, comics that are deep and meaningful and some that are light and silly. There are physical, emotional and intellectual comics, intentional and accidental comics, happy, sad, funny, angry, scary, confusing and wondrous comics.

    For some it may be a surprise to find so many comics by women, since conventional wisdom would have us believe that comics is a boys’ club. But it’s not a surprise to us. Although women’s comics haven’t been represented much in New Zealand history books, they have been found in zines and magazines, tumbles, twitter feeds, shoe boxes, art galleries, painted on old tea trays and brochures, magneted to fridges, tattooed on forearms. And now they’re also here. In this book. A whole bunch of them, up front, visible, available and MAKING HISTORY.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Tony Williams Goldsmith
    Tony Williams Goldsmith
    ISBN: 9780947503796
    Title: Tony Williams Goldsmith

    Arguably one of the finest jewellers and goldsmiths working in New Zealand, Tony Williams has both expanded and enhanced New Zealand jewellery-making over the past 40 years. From exquisite dragonfly brooches to a jewelled serpent eating its tail, from exotic butterflies to bold necklaces, elegant earrings and magnificent rings, here is an original artistic mind at work. He has not pandered to fashions or trends and has not succumbed to the conventions of either `traditional jewellery¿ or of `contemporary jewellery¿. ¿ Kobi Bosshard Tony Williams Goldsmith explores the jeweller¿s inspired career starting with his training in Birmingham and culminating with the triumph of his Dunedin-based gallery, and is graced throughout with images of Williams¿ most stunning and unique pieces; pieces that reveal a playful, dazzling brilliance brought about by masterful craftsmanship. The book features an insightful essay covering the arc of Williams¿ career by award-winning novelist Emma Neale, along with an essay by art critic Rigel Sorzano. Also showcased are photographs of Williams¿ specialist enamel work including a series capturing the making of an enamelled dragon brooch. Sumptuously illustrated, Tony Williams Goldsmith celebrates the creativity, skill and imaginative vision of an artisan who follows his own pathway.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • Us V Them: Tony de Lautour
    Us V Them: Tony de Lautour
    ISBN: 9781877375538
    Title: Us V Them: Tony de Lautour

    "Standing among Tony's installation of paintings and painted Coca Cola bottles precariously balanced on a shelf held up by a stick, I was a little freaked out. Tony, the art provocateur, had succeeded in provoking me." Welcome to the low-brow, high-art world of Tony de Lautour. Writer and curator Peter Vangioni provides and entertaining introduction to the work of one of Aotearoa New Zealand's leading artists. Described as "a body of work like nothing else this country has seen", de Lautour's paintings and sculptures over the past thirty years are brought together taking the reader on a journey from the chaos of his early paintings inspired by seedy underground street culture to the careful geometric abstracts of his later major canvases. Includes an interview between de Lautour and fellow artist Peter Robinson.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Vonney Ball: Ceramics
    Vonney Ball: Ceramics
    ISBN: 9780995102903
    Title: Vonney Ball: Ceramics
    Author: SCHAMROTH H

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Wanted: The Search for the Modernist Murals of E. Mervyn Taylor
    Wanted: The Search for the Modernist Murals of E. Mervyn Taylor
    ISBN: 9780994141552
    Title: Wanted: The Search for the Modernist Murals of E. Mervyn Taylor

    Mervyn Taylor - wood engraver, painter, illustrator, sculptor and designer - was one of the most celebrated New Zealand artists of the 1930s to 1960s. He was highly connected to modernism and nationalism as it was expressed in the New Zealand art and literature of the period. Between 1956 and 1964 he created twelve murals for major new government and civic buildings erected in that era of great economic prosperity, during which New Zealand first began to loosen its apron-string ties to England. Tragically, some have been destroyed and others presumed lost - until now. This fascinating book, bursting with archival material, details the detective hunt for the murals and tells the stories of their creation. They cement Taylor's place as one of New Zealand's most significant artists, and are a celebration of the art and culture of our modernist era.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • Weather as Medium: Toward a Meteorological Art
    Weather as Medium: Toward a Meteorological Art
    ISBN: 9780262038270
    Title: Weather as Medium: Toward a Meteorological Art

    An exploration of artworks that use weather or atmosphere as the primary medium, creating new coalitions of collective engagement with the climate crisis.

    In a time of climate crisis, a growing number of artists use weather or atmosphere as an artistic medium, collaborating with scientists, local communities, and climate activists. Their work mediates scientific modes of knowing and experiential knowledge of weather, probing collective anxieties and raising urgent ecological questions, oscillating between the "big picture systems view" and a ground-based perspective. In this book, Janine Randerson explores a series of meteorological art projects from the 1960s to the present that draw on sources ranging from dynamic, technological, and physical systems to indigenous cosmology.

    Randerson finds a precursor to today's meteorological art in 1960s artworks that were weather-driven and infused with the new sciences of chaos and indeterminacy, and she examines work from this period by artists including Hans Haacke, Fujiko Nakaya, and Aotearoa-New Zealand kinetic sculptor Len Lye. She looks at live experiences of weather in art, in particular Fluxus performance and contemporary art that makes use of meteorological data streams and software. She describes the use of meteorological instruments, including remote satellite sensors, to create affective atmospheres; online projects and participatory performances that create a new form of "social meteorology"; works that respond directly to climate change, many from the Global South; artist-activists who engage with the earth's diminishing cryosphere; and a speculative art in the form of quasi-scientific experiments. Art's current eddies of activity around the weather, Randerson writes, perturb the scientific hold on facts and offer questions of value in their place.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $74.00
  • Weight of the Captain's Wrist: Peter Ireland History Paintings
    Weight of the Captain's Wrist: Peter Ireland History Paintings
    ISBN: 9780994130686
    Title: Weight of the Captain's Wrist: Peter Ireland History Paintings

    The first monograph of the New Zealand painter Peter Ireland this book surveys his practice, on the theme of Captain Cooks voyages to the Pacific. Irelands exquisite, detailed and enigmatic history painting is beautifully reproduced in this 100pp., spot varnished, offset reproduction, to reflect the oil on paper originals. Coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the first sustained European contact with Aotearoa New Zealand, this book features 69 works from, mostly, Irelands ongoing James Cook series and the associated Waitangi Wallpaper series, supported by a number of related works from his Curator, Panorama and continuing Sampler series. These series represent about one-third of his total art practice. Together, the images constitute a continuing conversation between historical characters and the events in which they figured, interweaving our national history with European painting traditions. As writer Gerald Barnett states in his essay (p.11) There is another dimension to Irelands practice that intersects with but is not conditioned by the national frame. He is a religious painter and his use of symbolism draws on Catholic concepts of signification as well as Renaissance painting traditions and exemplars. It is not that motifs in his art point beyond themselves to transcendent meaning, or that representations usher the viewer into contemplative understanding.Ireland does not have some doctrinal cargo to unload on the viewer, but he does attach his work to the language, history and examples of religious painting in the European tradition, and he does bring this into alignment with a colonial history. This is accomplished in a way that leaves the viewer uncomfortably situated between different orders of meaning and understanding. Peter Ireland has been painting full-time since late 1976. He has exhibited regularly and widely in both solo and group shows, he is also known as a writer and curator of photography.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Wellington a City for Sculpture
    Wellington a City for Sculpture
    ISBN: 9780864735706
    Title: Wellington a City for Sculpture

    Featuring brilliant urban photography, this celebration of the dynamic presence of sculpture in Wellington vividly captures more than 40 sculptures throughout the city's streets and parks. An informative and provocative examination of the sculptures' origins, this collection shows how many of the gorgeous art works came into being due to the shared vision of individuals, government agencies, and corporations who value the relationship of art and city, to brighten the lives of its citizens. The result is both a visual feast and a unique record of the 21st-century city's fabricsure to be treasured by travelers, art enthusiasts, and locals alike.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Whatever It Takes: Pacific Film & John O’Shea 1948-2000
    Whatever It Takes: Pacific Film & John O’Shea 1948-2000
    ISBN: 9781776562114
    Title: Whatever It Takes: Pacific Film & John O’Shea 1948-2000
    Author: REID JOHN

    Pacific Films was founded on the belief that without locally made feature films, a country imperils its very identity. Led by its idiosyncratic producer John O’Shea, the story of Pacific Films begins at the emergence of a New Zealand national cinema in the second half of the twentieth century, when Pacific was virtually the only independent voice, beholden neither to the government nor the establishment, but determined to establish the value of its production with both. In a converted bakery in Kilbirnie, O’Shea trained and mentored emerging film talent. The principal qualification for admission? A passion for film – and acceptance of the company’s employment contract: last in, first out. There was something about the insecurity of not knowing where the next job would come from that, when coupled with a demanding work ethic, generated a sense of creative collaboration.

    Whatever It Takes recounts the politics and process behind ground-breaking works including Broken Barrier, Runaway, Don’t Let It Get You, Tangata Whenua, Leave All Fair and Ngati, and features a rollcall of cameos in Tony Williams, Kiri Te Kanawa, Howard Morrison, Barry Crump, Michael Seresin, Sam Neill and Barry Barclay, united by visionary producer John O’Shea. This is a story of entrepreneurs and dreamers, a disparate bunch bound together in pursuit of films that would define New Zealand cinema.

    Front cover photo: Roger Mirams and John O’Shea filming in Tahiti, 1953. Pacific Films Stills Collection, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, S1556
    Back cover photo: John Reid and John O’Shea at Pacific Films in 1975, Pacific Films Stills Collection, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, S270696.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • You are Here
    You are Here
    ISBN: 9783932187520
    Title: You are Here
    Author: BENGE HARVEY

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Zizz! The Life & Art of Len Lye: in His Own Words
    Zizz! The Life & Art of Len Lye: in His Own Words
    ISBN: 9781927249215
    Title: Zizz! The Life & Art of Len Lye: in His Own Words

    Len Lye was startlingly original and endlessly inventive. Scottish poet Alastair Reid called the New Zealand-born filmmaker, kinetic sculptor, painter, and poet "the least boring person who ever existed." Today Lye's work is held in major galleries around the world. In this captivating book Lye's biographer, Roger Horrocks, weaves the artist's writings into a memoir of his fascinating life. Lye spent much of his life creating innovative art around the world, including New Zealand, London, New York, and Puerto Rico. Anyone interested in modern art and artists of the 20th century will be fascinated by these insights into Lye's mind and art, which are enriched throughout the book with visually striking illustrations that capture the essence of Lye's work.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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