History Sees Division

History Sees Division
Denys Watkins
Heroes and villains 1984
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1985

Exhibition Details

The artworks in History Sees Division focus on an important moment in New Zealand’s art history, a time when art and politics collided. More than any historic period to date, in the 1980s themes of division and social unrest appeared through a range of artistic practices. Take a visual tour of social change and protest via the anti-nuclear work of sculptor Greer Twiss, screenprints of Stuart Page and Michael Shannon and the politically charged work of Ralph Hotere and Philip Dadson.

Part of New Zealand Art: Opening the Past to the Ever-changing Present | Toi Aotearoa: Mai i Mua ki te Ao Hurihuri, a new series of exhibitions drawn from our collection.  

Date
Curated by
Natasha Conland
Location
Ground level

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Aramoana
Aramoana

Ralph Hotere

Production date
1980-1983
Medium
acrylic and enamel on corrugated iron and wood
Size (h x w)
2460 x 860 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1984
Accession no
C1994/1/133
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No Sun, No Rain, No Radiation
No Sun, No Rain, No Radiation

Greer Twiss

Production date
1986
Medium
wood, lead
Size (h x w)
1505 x 2050 x 4000 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1986
Accession no
1986/2/7
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Headlines
Headlines

Michael Shannon

Production date
1981
Medium
silkscreen print
Size (h x w)
373 x 505 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1984
Accession no
1984/15/8
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High Street, Christchurch
High Street, Christchurch

Michael Shannon

Production date
1981
Medium
silkscreen print
Size (h x w)
373 x 505 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1984
Accession no
1984/15/7
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Lancaster Park, Christchurch 22-7-81
Lancaster Park, Christchurch 22-7-81

Michael Shannon

Production date
1981
Medium
silkscreen print
Size (h x w)
373 x 505 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1984
Accession no
1984/15/4
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Molesworth Street victim, Wellington
Molesworth Street victim, Wellington

Michael Shannon

Production date
1981
Medium
silkscreen print
Size (h x w)
505 x 373 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1984
Accession no
1984/15/6
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New Zealand July 22 - September 12, 1981
New Zealand July 22 - September 12, 1981

Michael Shannon

Production date
1981
Medium
paper book, laminated cover
Size (h x w)
373 x 505 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1984
Accession no
1984/15
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Police heads, Christchurch
Police heads, Christchurch

Michael Shannon

Production date
1981
Medium
silkscreen print
Size (h x w)
373 x 505 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1984
Accession no
1984/15/10
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Satisfied?
Satisfied?

Michael Shannon

Production date
1981
Medium
silkscreen print
Size (h x w)
373 x 505 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1984
Accession no
1984/15/3
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Silver Riot Squad, Christchurch
Silver Riot Squad, Christchurch

Michael Shannon

Production date
1981
Medium
silkscreen print
Size (h x w)
373 x 505 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1984
Accession no
1984/15/12
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Stop the Tour
Stop the Tour

Michael Shannon

Production date
1981
Medium
silkscreen print
Size (h x w)
505 x 373 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1984
Accession no
1984/15/2
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Heroes and villains
Heroes and villains

Denys Watkins

Production date
1984
Medium
acrylic, oil stick and beeswax on canvas
Size (h x w)
1837 x 2041 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1985
Accession no
1985/12
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Drum/Sing
Drum/Sing

Wally Floyd

Production date
1984
Medium
C-type print
Size (h x w)
1200 x 1200 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2005
Accession no
2005/22/11
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Pacific 3, 2, 1, Zero
Pacific 3, 2, 1, Zero

Wally Floyd

Production date
1984
Medium
C-type print
Size (h x w)
1200 x 1200 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2005
Accession no
2005/22/12
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Gung Ho 1, 2, 3D
Gung Ho 1, 2, 3D

Wally Floyd

Production date
1984
Medium
C-type print
Size (h x w)
1200 x 1200 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2005
Accession no
2005/22/13