Cu­bism on dis­play at Pataka


Sig­nif­i­cant works by prom­i­nent New Zealand artist Colin McCa­hon will form part of a new ex­hi­bi­tion at Porirua’s Pataka Art + Mu­seum, cel­e­brat­ing New Zealand’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the cu­bist art style.

Free­dom and Struc­ture, Cu­bism in New Zealand Art 1930–1960, opens at Pataka on Fe­bru­ary 26.

It looks at the sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect of cu­bism on New Zealand paint- ing, in­clud­ing its im­pact on early cu­bists McCa­hon, John Weeks and Louise Hen­der­son, as well as oth­ers in­clud­ing Melvin Day, Charles Tole and Wil­fred Stan­ley Wal­lis.

The ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores how these artists in­cor­po­rated the rad­i­cal lan­guage of cu­bism into their work in in­ven­tive ways, Pataka con­tem­po­rary art cu­ra­tor Mark Hutchins-Pond said.

‘‘Cu­bism is a rev­o­lu­tion­ary style with a global in­flu­ence. Its im­pact goes wider than art, into other dis­ci­plines like ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign and fash­ion,’’ he said.

‘‘This gives the ex­hi­bi­tion wide-rang­ing ap­peal to au­di­ences in­clud­ing those with spe­cial­ist and gen­eral knowl­edge, lovers of art his­tory and mid-cen­tury de­sign.’’

The art­works come from Auck­land, Dunedin, Waikato and Welling­ton mu­se­ums and uni­ver­si­ties, along with pri­vate lenders.

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til May 21.

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