i'ts here...final post of the year....11th and 12th day of Christmas

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Thursday 24 December 2009
Sarah Eades
 
Cheerio 2009

Well my dear readers, it's been a fabulous year for the Auckland Art Gallery but my favourite times have always involved conversations. laughter and discussion with you all (i know its a bit sickly but you know its the time of year for this type of thing) on the blog, twitter, facebook or obviously in the gallery itself.

Sometimes writing online can feel a bit of a solo affair, but hearing from all of you has made it feel more like a community, like there are people out there.

Thank you and have a fabulous summer break and see you all again in 2010 when we have lots of activites planned. Including the launch of our new website, the launch of the Lindauer Online Project. The 4th Auckland Triennial and the Walters Prize, and of course watching the new building project soar up into the sky as it progresses- its going to be a BIG year!
Without further ado here are the last two days of Christmas.....drum roll please .......

On the tweflth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
12 Drummers Drumming /
12 piupius swinging 

(The only choice when reflecting on this year and a great loss to the art world.)
Julian Dashper, The Big Bang Theory, 1992,
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki 

...11 pipers piping /11 haka lessons

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Arthur Northwood, Haka, a little practice makes perfect, 1911, gelatin silver print, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 2002

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Harold Collins, Piper with mermaids, watercolour, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of Mr W D Collins, 1979

Marti Friedlander, Farmers, South Island, 1970, 2000, gelatin silver prints, toned with gold, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of Marti Friedlander, with assistance from the Elise Mourant Bequest, 2001

....10 lord-a-leaping

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Jacques Callot, La ronde, 1621, etching, Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982

....9 ladies dancing

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Josiah Martin, Dancing women, Nukunuku, Tonga, gelatin silver printAuckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 1998

...8 maids a milking

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Unknown, Krishna With Radha and the Milkmaids, circa 1750, tempera on paper, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 1970

......7 eels a swimming

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George French Angas, Implements & Domestic Economy, circa 1847, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 2009

.......6 Geese a laying

Vera Temple, Canada Goose, 1939, colour lithograph, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of Mr Rex Nan Kivell, 1953

....5 goooooooooold rings

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Unknown, Five Antique Intaglio Gems, etching, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 1955

.......4 huhu grubs
Richard Killeen, Black crawlers, 1978, acrylic lacquer on aluminiumAuckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 1981

....3 French hens
John Tarlton, Hitching home - mid-term break, 1989, cibachrome photograph,
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 1989

....2 turtle doves

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Percy Thomas, The Doves, etching, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of Mrs Ada Chapman Taylor, 1930


......and a pukeko in a ponga tree"
Percy Bagnall, Pukeko, 1919, colour lithographAuckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, transferred from the Auckland Public Library, 1932

YAY!!! thanks for all the suggestions and votes

**Special mention to Kris, Paul, Mary, Ngahiraka, Julie and Cath for their contribution