Art Archive

The Katherine Mansfield of paint: Frances Hodgkins’ European Journeys, reviewed

At the Auckland Art Gallery, a grand tour of escapism, adventure and parochialism with NZ's quintessential expatriate artist.

Hot dog! William Wegman: Being Human, reviewed

Aaron Kreisler looks beyond the gags in this survey of an artist and his dogs at the Christchurch Art Gallery. “The dog really must love him, it’s so incredibly patient…”, a …

Toeing the Party Line: an audio artwork about the Unfortunate Experiment

Party Line is a new audio work by Evangeline Riddiford Graham that reinvestigates the Cartwright Inquiry, medical mispractice and misogyny through the lens of the #metoo era. 

Does art need to do good in order to be good? Kim Hak: Alive, reviewed

Telling the stories of Cambodian refugees who fled the Khmer Rouge through the objects they carried, it will please many and offend none.

‘She can draw a ball-sack better than anyone alive’: Hera Lindsay Bird on artist Hannah Salmon

'Like Escher, if he was more into dicks than staircases.' Poet Hera Lindsay Bird celebrates the work of New Zealand artist Hannah Salmon, aka Daily Secretion, and her portraits of angry 'alpha men'.

Things I Learned at Art School: Edith Amituanai

A New Spinoff Art interview series. New Zealand visual artists on how they do what they do and how they know what they know.

His work hangs in the Beehive, but galleries ignored Guy Ngan. Until now.

Home and place were a the centre of Guy Ngan's work. Anna Knox spoke to the curator of an exhibition at the heart of Ngan's home. 

Introducing The Spinoff Art

Introducing The Spinoff Art section, telling the big and little stories about contemporary art in New Zealand including this one about a small but perfectly formed heist...

Watch: Two Sketches draws and chats with trans cartoonist Sam Orchard

Welcome to episode 3 of Two Sketches, a webseries featuring Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris chatting and drawing with a selection of local illustrators, artists, cartoonists, sketchers and doodlers.

Guy Ngan, an artist ignored but not forgotten

Art history tells us a lot about the present moment through its interpretation of the past. In historicising the work of bygone artists, it reveals changing attitudes and contemporary concerns, writes Emma Ng.

‘Art belongs to us’: Behind the scenes at Ōtāhuhu’s first-ever art gallery

Earlier this month Vunilagi Vou opened in Ōtāhuhu, the first art gallery the south Auckland suburb has ever had.

The pram in the hallway: Why motherhood doesn’t have to spell creative death

Women are told that their artistic life ends when motherhood starts. But Anna Knox knows that isn't the case.

I attended Chromacon and all I got were these amazing portraits

Alice Webb-Liddall went to Chromacon this weekend to browse the art and check out some of New Zealand's hottest portrait talent.

The Price of Admission: On the Auckland Art Fair 2019

Megan Dunn looks back on this year's Auckland Art Fair and what the fair means to New Zealand art galleries, buyers and artists.

Tunnel vision: Three takes on this year’s Auckland Art Fair

The Auckland Art Fair runs from May 2nd - 5th at The Cloud on the waterfront. Three critics – Megan Dunn, Mark Amery, Ioana Gordon-Smith – cast an eye over what's on offer.

How the Auckland Art Fair grew to put over $5m a year into the art economy

Simon Pound talks to Stephanie Post and Hayley White, co-directors of the Auckland Art Fair

Inside our new webseries Two Sketches, from The Side Eye’s Toby Morris

We're overjoyed to launch our new webseries about drawing and stuff, Two Sketches. Here's what it's all about – plus watch the first episode.

Final boarding call: Yona Lee’s ‘In Transit’

The fifth work in Yona Lee's In Transit series is currently exhibiting at Wellington's City Gallery. Megan Dunn writes on the aspirations of the piece and how comfortably it sits in a gallery context.

Metiria Turei: Beyond politics

In one of her first interviews since she stood down from politics, Metiria Turei talks to Waveney Russ about her new life as an artist studying at the Dunedin School of Art.  

Māori girl: unnamed but not forgotten

Curator matauranga Māori at Te Papa, Matariki Williams, introduces a woman that watches over the Ngā Tai Whakarongorua exhibition at Te Papa, known only as Maori girl.

Book of the Week: Good Picasso, Bad Picasso, Great Picasso

Anthony Byrt reviews a massive new study of Pablo Picasso - the greatest artist there ever was, but who Hannah Gadsby has called out as a disgusting #metoo pig.

Who is Luke Willis Thompson? And what the hell is the Turner Prize?

This week, Fijian-New Zealand artist Luke Willis Thompson was short-listed for the Turner Prize, Britain's most prestigious contemporary art award. Don't know what that means? We're here to help.

You can’t copyright culture, but damn I wish you could

Nicole Hawkins questions the motives of non-Māori artists who use Māori stories and bodies in their work. 

The Banksy exhibition is really just a warm-up for the gift shop

The Art of Banksy at the Aotea Centre in Auckland is replete with contradictions, writes Don Rowe.