The staff of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki mourn the passing of Roger Blackley (1953-2019) in Wellington on Wednesday evening, 15 May.
A renowned and cherished art curator, writer, teacher and scholar, Roger was esteemed for his insight, generosity and brilliance. His books and catalogues are among the most influential and important texts in New Zealand’s art history. Roger’s generosity, humour and kindness were as legendary as his astounding wit.
Aotearoa New Zealand has lost a rangatira and a great man.
To his husband Godfrey, to his sister Lorraine and her family and to his very many friends and colleagues, we send our heartfelt condolences.
Moe mai, Moe mai, i to Moenga Roa.
Kirsten Paisley, Director and Gallery staff.
Roger Blackley, delivers a floor talk on New Zealand artist, Alfred Sharpe during the exhibition Two Centuries of New Zealand Landscape Art in 1990.