On swampy ground: painter and printmaker Brent Harris returns home

Palmerston North-born Brent Harris’s considers himself an Australian artist, but his work is suffused with the unease and melancholia long associated with New Zealand art, cinema and music.

The debate over Theo Schoon, who built his career on the backs of Māori artists

An exhibition of Dutch-New Zealand artist Theo Schoon at the City Gallery in Wellington has set off a debate about the place of racially problematic work in public spaces.

The decade in art, from Quasi to the Turner Prize and beyond

We get a handle on the artists and artworks that shaped this decade in Aotearoa.

10 Best Things: Sculptor Fiona Connor’s most inspiring discoveries of the year

Los Angeles based, New Zealand born sculptor Fiona Connor, currently showing at the Mossman Gallery in Wellington, shares her top 10 – from book of the year to favourite memory of summer. 

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Sex, love and Georgie Pie: a fan letter to Jacqueline Fahey

At Wellington's New Zealand Portrait Gallery for one last week is Jacqueline Fahey's Suburbanites, a survey show showcasing 60 years of the artist's riotous oil paintings. Megan Dunn writes a fan letter, in lieu of a review.

The bravery of being a sissy: Owen Connors’ SISSYMANCY!

A remarkable quilt project at Wellington’s  Play_Station, Sissymancy! references the AIDS Quilt project while laying new ground for current and future generations of queer artists, writes Mark Amery.  

The Shouting Valley: a politically charged show about lives caught between borders

The Shouting Valley is a powerful group exhibition at the Gus Fisher Gallery in Auckland that interrogates and gives voice to the people caught between borders. But is the real …

A guide to some of Auckland’s best artist-run initiatives

In time for Auckland Artweek, Eloise Callister-Baker opens the door on a cluster of small Auckland art spaces finding cunning new ways to adapt and survive in the CBD property market.

Deal with it: The Great Auckland Art Dealer Questionnaire

It's Auckland Artweek (12-20 October) and we're doing our bit by shining a light on the people behind the city's commercial galleries.

A New Zealand modernist in London: The Royal Academy celebrates Rita Angus

In 2020 the Royal Academy of Arts opens the exhibition Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist. It's the first-ever show of a New Zealand artist in an institution that dates back to the days of Captain Cook.

Portrait of an Artist Banging on a Cabin Bread Tin

Tongan New Zealand performance artist Kaisolaite Uhila is current visiting artist in residence at Dunedin Public Art Gallery. His work involves a drumstick and many, many tins of cabin bread.

Things I Learned at Art School: Bob Jahnke

In this the fourth instalment of Things I Learned At Art School, Bob Jahnke on Māori identity, education and, on the occasion of the Tuia 250 commemorations, "getting Cooked".

Gender bias and art in Aotearoa: a Spinoff survey reveals the harsh reality

How equal are the opportunities for male and female artists in Aotearoa's art world? Anna Knox chases data on gender and diversity and finds out some cold, hard stats. 

How the Guerrilla Girls are still shaking up the art world after 30 years

The Guerrilla Girls are an infamous group of feminist art activists who've been calling out sexism and prejudice in the art world since the 80s. On the eve of her first trip to New Zealand, group member 'Frida Kahlo' talks to Megan Dunn. 

Jacinda Ardern: ‘We can’t say we value our art if we don’t value our artists’

To mark Arts Month, the prime minister shares her thoughts on the future of the arts in Aotearoa.

NZ artist Joseph Michael on turning New York’s UN buildings into icebergs

Ahead of the UN's Climate Action Summit, artist Joseph Michael and composer Rhian Sheehan teamed up to create Voices For The Future, a 30-minute installation projected onto the UN buildings.