Colin McCahon

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Colin McCahon
Date of Birth:
01 Aug 1919
Place of Birth:
Timaru/Canterbury (region)/New Zealand
Date of Death:
27 May 1987
Place of Death:
Auckland (region)/New Zealand
New Zealand

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    Towards Auckland considers the years Colin McCahon worked at the Auckland City Art Gallery (1953-1964). Curator Hamish Keith, McCahon's colleague at the Gallery from 1958,...

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    It hardly seems radical now, but when Barbara Hepworth began drilling through stone to create pierced sculptures, she was breaking new ground...

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    Fall of water, fall of light takes Colin McCahon's Waterfall series (1964) as its starting point, and considers the responses of four other New Zealand...

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    Founded in December 1954 the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery, or Auckland Gallery Associates as they were originally known, have supported and encouraged the...

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    McCahon's Visible Mysteries

    Most of my work has been aimed at relating man to man and man to his world, to an acceptance of the very beautiful and...

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    The Lamp in My Studio

    A small show around Colin McCahon's 1945 painting The Lamp in my Studio. The theme of darkness and light was crucial for McCahon throughout his...

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    Saints and seraphs (one of the nine different types of angels) have captured the imagination of many artists throughout history. In times of uncertainty and...

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