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.