FREEDOM AND STRUCTURE: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930–1960
26 February – 21 May 2017
Pātaka Art + Museum

A revolutionary style, Cubism’s influence spread globally beyond Europe and the United States to Asia and Australasia, affecting other disciplines including architecture, design and fashion.

Freedom and Structure looks at the significant effect of Cubism on New Zealand painting, and reveals its impact on the work of initial adopters John Weeks, Louise Henderson and Colin McCahon, and others including Melvin Day, Charles Tole and Wilfred Stanley Wallis. This exhibition explores how these artists incorporated the radical language of this style, weaving it into their work in inventive ways.

Curated by Julia Waite and toured by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Freedom and Structure features works from the collections of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Waikato Museum, The University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, The Hocken Library – University of Otago, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and private lenders.

melvin-day_boats-in-wellington-harbour_1951 john-weeks_still-life-with-fruit-and-decorated-jar_circa-1940 colin-mccahon_kauri_1952 louise-henderson_-house-in-dieppe_1958 colin-mccahon-french-bay-1957_chartwell-collection_auckland-art-gallery-toi-o-tamaki_1984



Photography by Mark Tantrum

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