Six­ties Auck­land show­cased at Te Uru

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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

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