Sixties Auckland showcased at Te Uru
Showcasing Auckland’s changes throughout the 1960s, Unseen City is an exhibition that has been curated by Robert Leonard as a joint project by City Gallery Wellington and Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.
The exhibition shows the evolving Auckland as it was becoming a big city — a time when the area had just passed half a million people, and new motorways were installed allowing for low-density suburban sprawl. It is all captured through the eyes of artists Gary Baigent, Rodney Charters, and Robert Ellis.
Baigent’s photo book, The Unseen City: 123 Photographs of Auckland, lends its name to the exhibition. It is a book that came with criticism for its showing of bolder and grittier images of Auckland when compared to what was being shown in New Zealand picture books at the time.
Accompanying Baignet’s images, Rodney Charter’s Film Exercise — a montage of Auckland’s Queen Street and its nightlife in the ’60s — will be playing. The exhibition also showcases early Robert Ellis drawings, which illustrate how his Motorway paintings were influenced by his then-recent move to Auckland, New Zealand.
Unseen City is open until August 16 at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.
Gary Baigent — Clive Wilson’s Renault, Brand New (Bought from Growing Strawberries) but Rolled Twice within a Month, Chancery Street, Auckland 1963