Arnold Manaaki Wilson

Mask

Mask by Arnold Manaaki Wilson

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During the 1950s Arnold Wilson explored traditional Māori imagery and concerns using the formal language of modern European art. His fusion of time-honoured ideas and new approaches was unprecedented in Māori art and resulted in striking visual statements such as this geometricised mask of 1955. The artist later said ‘I want to show in my work that the forms, the mauri (spirit), can show contrast and yet be familiar with both worlds, that of the past and that of the modern movement.’ (Headspace, 2002)

Title
Mask
Artist/creator
Production date
1955
Medium
pine
Size (h x w)
640 x 163 x 43 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1993
Accession no
1992/33/4
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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