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I read with interest Kim Knight’s article (Weekend Herald, June 5) background­ing the lack of documentat­ion on Ralph Hotere’s recent Dunedin exhibition, Atete. ¯

For artists of equivalent major status like Frances Hodgkins and Gordon Walters, their recent exhibition­s have been accompanie­d by informed, insightful commentary in books/catalogues. These are also critically important when the exhibition itself is over, becoming the key records of such significan­t events.

Though reasons for the Hotere case may differ from those pertinent to other exhibition­s; I noticed that two other major exhibition­s, also by M¯aori artists, the Auckland Art Gallery’s Toi T¯u Toi Ora and Brett Graham’s Tai Moana, Tai Tangata at the GovettBrew­ster in New Plymouth, also did without.

These publicatio­ns are central to how Aotearoa/New Zealand’s art history is constructe­d, meaning that the artists, ideas and issues associated with these three critically important exhibition­s will lose out. Elizabeth Eastmond, Waiheke Island.

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