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Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith

Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith

Exhibition Details

A survey show which follows the development of McCahon's works from 1946 to the beginning of the 1980s.

It focuses on the artist's spiritual quest, demonstrating how he explored questions of faith, doubt, hope and eventually despair.

The selection shows how McCahon sought to give visual representation to these existential issues of the human condition by using and modernising the Western Judeo-Christian artistic tradition.

Free Admission thanks to the generosity of three private patrons.

Seminar

This one day seminar on 24 May 2003 incorporated five papers written and presented by well known McCahon experts and academics. These explored aspects of McCahon's concept of faith, his use of traditional Christian iconography, works commissioned for the church, and how his paintings were received at the time of their production.

Participants included Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Laurence Simmons and William McAloon among others.

The seminar was held in conjunction with the Stedelijk Museum's exhibition Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith and supported by The Sue Fisher Art Trust. The papers from the seminar will be published subsequently.

Date
Curated by
Ron Brownson
Location
Main Gallery, Upper Level
Cost
Free entry

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1975
Medium
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1959
Medium
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Credit line
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Production date
1965
Medium
PVA on board
Size (h x w)
1220 x 915 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the McCahon Family, 1988
Accession no
1989/51/3/1-13
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Production date
1959
Medium
alkyd and natural resin on hardboard
Size (h x w)
1220 x 900 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 1982
Accession no
1982/7/1
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Production date
1976-1977
Medium
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3440 x 5440 mm
Credit line
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Production date
1964
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
2133 x 908 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1967
Accession no
1967/28/2
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Production date
1961
Medium
enamel on board
Size (h x w)
1215 x 915 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1964
Accession no
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Production date
1950
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
806 x 1054 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1960
Accession no
1960/24/2
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Colin McCahon

Production date
1961
Medium
enamel on hardboard
Size (h x w)
603 x 499 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1979
Accession no
1979/67/4
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Colin McCahon

Production date
1950
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
695 x 923 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 1979
Accession no
1981/10
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Colin McCahon

Production date
1961
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
845 x 927 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1974
Accession no
1974/15/4
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Production date
1968
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
908 x 1213 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1980
Accession no
1980/14
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Production date
1969
Medium
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Size (h x w)
1680 x 650 x 50 mm
Credit line
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Accession no
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1969
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Size (h x w)
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Credit line
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