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Freedom and Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930–1960

Freedom and Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930–1960
Louise Henderson
House in Dieppe 1958
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
purchased 1991

Exhibition Details

A revolutionary style, Cubism's influence spread globally beyond Europe and the United States to Asia and Australasia, affecting other disciplines including architecture, design and fashion.

Freedom and Structure looks at the significant effect of Cubism on New Zealand painting, and reveals its impact on the work of initial adopters John Weeks, Louise Henderson and Colin McCahon, and others including Melvin Day, Charles Tole and Wilfred Stanley Wallis. This exhibition explores how these artists incorporated the radical language of this style, weaving it into their work in inventive ways.

Freedom and Structure features works from the collections of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (listed below), Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Waikato Museum, The University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, The Hocken Library – University of Otago, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and private lenders.

Date
Curated by
Julia Waite
Location
Level 1 exhibition spaces
Cost
Free entry

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Industry
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John Weeks

Production date
1936
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
492 x 393 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1938
Accession no
1938/1/1
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French Bay
French Bay

Colin McCahon

Production date
1957
Medium
oil on canvas on board
Size (h x w)
592 x 1206 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1984
Accession no
C1994/1/113
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House in trees, Titirangi
House in trees, Titirangi

Colin McCahon

Production date
1953
Medium
oil on cardboard
Size (h x w)
533 x 608 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Una Platts, 2003
Accession no
2003/50
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Kauri
Kauri

Colin McCahon

Production date
1953
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
516 x 646 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Miss L D Gilmour, 1990
Accession no
1990/1/5
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Houses in Dieppe
Houses in Dieppe

Louise Henderson

Production date
1958
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
797 x 608 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1991
Accession no
1991/33/2
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Duravel no. 2
Duravel no. 2

Louise Henderson

Production date
1952
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
692 x 533 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1954
Accession no
1954/6
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Road at Rotoiti
Road at Rotoiti

Wilfred Stanley Wallis

Production date
circa 1950
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
406 x 470 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, The Ilene and Laurence Dakin Bequest, purchased 2012
Accession no
2012/20/1
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Colour Arrangement with Mandolin
Colour Arrangement with Mandolin

Wilfred Stanley Wallis

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
408 x 460 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1974
Accession no
1974/58
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Abstracted landscape
Abstracted landscape

Wilfred Stanley Wallis

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
406 x 305 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1974
Accession no
1974/23
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Still life with fruit and decorated jar
Still life with fruit and decorated jar

John Weeks

Production date
circa 1940
Medium
tempera on board
Size (h x w)
305 x 406 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with the aid of a grant from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand, 1970
Accession no
1970/1/21
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Boats in Wellington Harbour
Boats in Wellington Harbour

Melvin Day

Production date
1951
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
548 x 462 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2001
Accession no
2001/31
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Towards Auckland 5
Towards Auckland 5

Colin McCahon

Production date
1953
Medium
watercolour and gouache
Size (h x w)
543 x 748 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/23
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Study for Composition
Study for Composition

John Weeks

Production date
1929
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
476 x 585 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with the aid of a grant from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand, 1970
Accession no
1970/1/12
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Abstract composition derived from X-Ray plates
Abstract composition derived from X-Ray plates

Wilfred Stanley Wallis

Production date
circa 1957
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
510 x 610 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/5
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Abstract forms, Venice
Abstract forms, Venice

John Weeks

Production date
circa 1951
Medium
tempera on board
Size (h x w)
495 x 705 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with the aid of a grant from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand, 1970
Accession no
1970/1/30
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Still Life with Scottish Thistles
Still Life with Scottish Thistles

Melvin Day

Production date
1955
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
1290 x 1020 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2015
Accession no
2015/15/1
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Maori Meeting
Maori Meeting

Melvin Day

Production date
circa 1949
Medium
tempera on card
Size (h x w)
630 x 520 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2015
Accession no
2015/15/2
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Cubist still life with Mandolin
Cubist still life with Mandolin

Melvin Day

Production date
1951
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
650 x 620 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2015
Accession no
2015/15/3
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Kauri
Kauri

Colin McCahon

Production date
1954
Medium
wash
Size (h x w)
636 x 509 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1966
Accession no
1966/3/5
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Not on display

Titirangi
Titirangi

Colin McCahon

Production date
1956-1957
Medium
oil on canvas on board
Size (h x w)
890 x 1442 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington, 2002
Accession no
2002/11/2
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I and Thou
I and Thou

Colin McCahon

Production date
1954-1955
Medium
oil on hardboard
Size (h x w)
559 x 533 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Miss L D Gilmour, 1990
Accession no
1990/1/3