Bigger, better, broader
This year’s New Zealand Art Show, the biggest exhibition in the country, will offer more contemporary artworks in a broader range of media than in previous years, says the selection panel. About 3000 works by 475 artists have been selected from the 675 artists who submitted work for the 2011 show, being held at TSB Bank Arena from July 29 to 31. The event was known as the New Zealand Affordable Art Show until last year. The Art Show’s executive director Carla Russell says what stands out from previous years’ shows is that more contemporary and less traditional works have been selected. ‘‘This is consistent with the trend towards artists experimenting and pushing the boundaries of their media.’’ Only original art from New Zealand artists is accepted for the show. All accepted work must be for sale for between $50 and $5000; the average price of the art that sold at last year’s show was $630.