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
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
....9 ladies dancing
...8 maids a milking
......7 eels a swimming
.......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
.......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
......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