Love Chief

Love Chief
Ed Ruscha
Love Chief 1986
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1989

Exhibition Details

Love Chief is an exhibition which plays with the idea of the personality of art. This illusive character in art is not about its representation of the human face or form entirely, but its spunk, intrigue and allure. It asks how we can translate the qualities of art using our own terms, in the same way that we try to ascertain human personality using our tools of perception as well as cultural context.

Love Chief includes some of the magnetic works from the international contemporary art collections of the Auckland Art Gallery. The title itself is taken from Ed Ruscha's 1986 painting, which lights up the text against a gridded night sky as an advertisement or enticement for emotion and character. The painting is imbued with some of the mysteries of Pop Art, that is, how can we translate non-substantive human ideas and values through the formal means around us particularly those of an industrialised commercial world. The words sit uncomfortably in painted neon, like a personal note in a heartless medium.

Ultimately, you the viewer also determine the character of the exhibition Love Chief, in all the same way that you might gravitate towards a stranger you would like to get to know!

Date
Curated by
Natasha Conland
Location
Ground floor gallery spaces
Cost
Free entry

Related Artworks

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Love Chief
Love Chief

Ed Ruscha

Production date
1986
Medium
acrylic on canvas
Size (h x w)
1670 x 1670 x 60 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1989
Accession no
1989/62
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The Five Sages
The Five Sages

Ashley Bickerton

Production date
1998
Medium
acrylic, pencil and photographs on plywood
Size (h x w)
1218 x 2440 mm
Credit line
The Auckland Triennial Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the Graeme Maunsell and the Lyndsay Garland Trust, 2001
Accession no
2001/27
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I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas
I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas

Richard Hamilton

Production date
1971
Medium
screenprint on collotype with collage
Size (h x w)
750 x 1010 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1975
Accession no
1975/16/1
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Bear Matchhead
Bear Matchhead

David Mach

Production date
1994
Medium
matches, teddy bear
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1995
Accession no
1995/21
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New Romantic (Golden Hare)
New Romantic (Golden Hare)

Louise Weaver

Production date
2000
Medium
hand crocheted rayon thread over high density foam, gold coloured plastic
Size (h x w)
525 x 200 x 350 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2001
Accession no
C2001/1/29
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Silly
Silly

Ed Ruscha

Production date
1977
Medium
pastel drawing
Size (h x w)
574 x 740 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1978
Accession no
1978/41
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Kick Flip Ollie
Kick Flip Ollie

Patricia Piccinini

Production date
2000
Medium
digital C-type photograph
Size (h x w)
800 x 800 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003
Accession no
C2003/1/5
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Pet Thang: 4
Pet Thang: 4

Tracey Moffatt

Production date
1991
Medium
C-type photographic print
Size (h x w)
1000 x 810 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2002
Accession no
C2002/1/8
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Pinocchio Pipenose Householddilemma
Pinocchio Pipenose Householddilemma

Paul McCarthy

Production date
1994
Medium
plastic and rubber costumes, video (single channel, standard definition, 4:3, colour, stereo sound)
Size (h x w)
270 x 250 x 460 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1996
Accession no
1996/1
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Untitled
Untitled

Mikala Dwyer

Production date
1993
Medium
plastic, pantyhose
Size (h x w)
2000 x 2000 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1994
Accession no
1994/11
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Exploding Cheese
Exploding Cheese

Ed Ruscha

Production date
1976
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
375 x 520 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Artist, 1984
Accession no
1984/14
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Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs

Rosalie Gascoigne

Production date
1994
Medium
sawn wood on craftboard
Size (h x w)
778 x 772 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1995
Accession no
C1995/1/4
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Piece Work
Piece Work

Rosalie Gascoigne

Production date
1994
Medium
sawn wood on craftboard
Size (h x w)
777 x 772 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1995
Accession no
C1995/1/6
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Web
Web

Rosalie Gascoigne

Production date
1994
Medium
sawn wood on craftboard
Size (h x w)
770 x 775 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1995
Accession no
C1995/1/5
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Budget Home
Budget Home

Kathy Temin

Production date
1996
Medium
wood, enamel, acrylic
Size (h x w)
250 x 305 x 190 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1998
Accession no
C1998/1/6
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Dream Home
Dream Home

Kathy Temin

Production date
1996
Medium
wood, enamel, fur, plastic
Size (h x w)
460 x 240 x 280 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1998
Accession no
C1998/1/4/1-2
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Home
Home

Kathy Temin

Production date
1996
Medium
wood, enamel, fur
Size (h x w)
225 x 355 x 128 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1998
Accession no
C1998/1/7
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Ideal Home
Ideal Home

Kathy Temin

Production date
1996
Medium
wood, enamel
Size (h x w)
565 x 460 x 180 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1998
Accession no
C1998/1/8
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Shared Home
Shared Home

Kathy Temin

Production date
1996
Medium
wood, enamel
Size (h x w)
250 x 360 x 170 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1998
Accession no
C1998/1/5/1-2
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Turns in Arabba
Turns in Arabba

Hany Armanious

Production date
2005
Medium
wax, clay, synthetic polymer, wood, peppercorns, pewter, pigment, nylon cord, string, metal dowels, speaker, portable CD player, audio
Size (h x w)
1900 x 1230 x 495 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2005
Accession no
2005/21.1-29
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The Plant Becomes a Fan
The Plant Becomes a Fan

Jim Dine

Production date
1974
Medium
cast aluminium
Size (h x w)
730 x 360 x 290 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1977
Accession no
1977/5/1-5
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Five Paintbrushes
Five Paintbrushes

Jim Dine

Production date
1973
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
597 x 813 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1975
Accession no
1975/8/1
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Yellow
Yellow

Louise Weaver

Production date
1997
Medium
angora
Size (h x w)
300 x 130 x 130 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1998
Accession no
C1998/1/1
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Armed chair
Armed chair

William Wegman

Production date
1991
Medium
colour lithograph
Size (h x w)
1270 x 939 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1992
Accession no
1992/9
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Crak
Crak

Roy Lichtenstein

Production date
1964
Medium
lithograph, off-set
Size (h x w)
489 x 705 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1975
Accession no
1975/55
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Brushstrokes
Brushstrokes

Roy Lichtenstein

Production date
1967
Medium
screenprint
Size (h x w)
559 x 762 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1978
Accession no
1978/40
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Proposal for a Cathedral in the Form of a Sink Faucet for Lake Union, Seattle, Washington
Proposal for a Cathedral in the Form of a Sink Faucet for Lake Union, Seattle, W...

Claes Oldenburg

Production date
1972
Medium
offset lithograph
Size (h x w)
822 x 625 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1975
Accession no
1975/8/2
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Mews
Mews

Ed Ruscha

Production date
1970
Medium
organic screenprint
Size (h x w)
585 x 810 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 1978
Accession no
1978/38/2
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News
News

Ed Ruscha

Production date
1970
Medium
organic screenprint
Size (h x w)
585 x 810 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 1978
Accession no
1978/38/1
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Dues
Dues

Ed Ruscha

Production date
1970
Medium
organic screenprint
Size (h x w)
585 x 810 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 1978
Accession no
1978/38/6
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Brews
Brews

Ed Ruscha

Production date
1970
Medium
organic screenprint
Size (h x w)
585 x 810 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 1978
Accession no
1978/38/4
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Pews
Pews

Ed Ruscha

Production date
1970
Medium
organic screenprint
Size (h x w)
585 x 810 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 1978
Accession no
1978/38/3
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Stews
Stews

Ed Ruscha

Production date
1970
Medium
organic screenprint
Size (h x w)
585 x 810 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 1978
Accession no
1978/38/5
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Work No. 312 A lamp going on and off
Work No. 312 A lamp going on and off

Martin Creed

Production date
2003
Medium
electrical component
Size (h x w)
1sec
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2006
Accession no
C2006/1/34/2