Bold, brash paintings on display at MTG
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.