Bold, brash paint­ings on dis­play at MTG

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Paint­ings by Colin McCa­hon and Louise Hen­der­son are part of a new ex­hi­bi­tion that opened at Napier’s MTG on June 24.

The ex­hi­bi­tion Free­dom and Struc­ture: Cu­bism and New Zealand Art looks at the af­fect of Cu­bism on New Zealand paint­ing and the work of early adopters John Weeks, Louise Hen­der­son and Colin McCa­hon

It ex­plores the dif­fer­ent ways artists wove the rad­i­cal lan­guage of Cu­bism into their work as it in­flu­ences a range of dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign and fash­ion. MTG Cu­ra­tor of Art Jess Mio said Cu­bism marked an ex­cit­ing shift in Western art his­tory, fol­low­ing on from the in­ven­tion of the cam­era, which could de­pict the world more ac­cu­rately, quickly and cheaply than most artists.

‘‘So painters be­gan to ex­plore other pos­si­bil­i­ties be­yond faith­ful rep­re­sen­ta­tion, in­stead show­ing what the eye can’t see: sub­jects painted from mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives at once, ob­jects bro­ken down into their fun­da­men­tal forms, colours al­tered at will, and more,’’ Mio said.

She said it was great to be able to bring na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant, bold and en­er­getic paint­ings to Hawke’s Bay.

Cu­rated by Ju­lia Waite and toured by Auck­land Art Gallery Toi o Ta­maki the ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures work from col­lec­tion of Auck­land Art Gallery, Dunedin Pub­lic Art Gallery, Waikato Mu­seum, Univer­sity of Auck­land, Vic­to­ria Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Otago, Te Papa and pri­vate lenders.

It runs un­til Novem­ber 12 with a floor talk by Waite at 11am on June 24.

French Bay, Colin McCa­hon, 1957.

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