New Zealand Modern: Paintings and Sculpture from the Collection

New Zealand Modern: Paintings and Sculpture from the Collection

Exhibition Details

A collection show that looks at the development of Modernism in the New Zealand visual arts during the 1920s to 1940s.

There is no common agreement about when Modernism actually got hold of contemporary New Zealand's visual art. Some commentators say that the attraction of painting's new role in the twentieth century developed from Cubist and Constructivist examples. Others claim that Modernism simply reflects the culture of industry that helped shift attitudes to what visual art could mean for New Zealand's society.

New Zealand Modern invites this question: why did it take two generations for a contemporary attitude to art making to take hold of New Zealand's visual art?

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

Related Artworks

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Taranaki
Taranaki

Christopher Perkins

Production date
1931
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
508 x 914 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1968
Accession no
1968/35
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City lights
City lights

Milan Mrkusich

Production date
1955
Medium
oil on cotton on board
Size (h x w)
762 x 924 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1989
Accession no
1989/45
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Spring, Ruby Bay
Spring, Ruby Bay

Colin McCahon

Production date
1945
Medium
oil on cardboard
Size (h x w)
680 x 459 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1986
Accession no
1986/11
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Figure
Figure

Molly Macalister

Production date
1954
Medium
kauri
Size (h x w)
508 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1954
Accession no
1954/24
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Head of a Maori boy
Head of a Maori boy

Rita Angus

Production date
circa 1938
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
423 x 311 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1957
Accession no
1957/26
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Crucifix II
Crucifix II

Jim Allen

Production date
1966
Medium
aluminium, bronze, silver, wood
Size (h x w)
762 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1967
Accession no
1967/8/2
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Tuhoe woman
Tuhoe woman

Russell Clark

Production date
circa 1957
Medium
limestone
Size (h x w)
335 x 130 x 250 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, The Ilene and Laurence Dakin Bequest, purchased 1996
Accession no
1996/5
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Figure with clasped hands
Figure with clasped hands

Alan Ingham

Production date
Unknown
Medium
bronze
Size (h x w)
305 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1954
Accession no
1954/23
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Victim
Victim

Molly Macalister

Production date
1966
Medium
bronze
Size (h x w)
292 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1966
Accession no
1966/19/1
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Mapua Landscape
Mapua Landscape

Colin McCahon

Production date
1939
Medium
pen and ink
Size (h x w)
207 x 260 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1966
Accession no
1966/3/2
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Frozen Flames
Frozen Flames

Christopher Perkins

Production date
1931
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
678 x 596 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1962
Accession no
1962/33
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Anno Domini
Anno Domini

William Reed

Production date
1939
Medium
watercolour
Size (h x w)
545 x 453 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1986
Accession no
1986/6
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Carved Kauri Head
Carved Kauri Head

Molly Macalister

Production date
circa 1943-circa 1945
Medium
kauri
Size (h x w)
310 x 180 x 155 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1995
Accession no
1994/37/3
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Waikanae landscape
Waikanae landscape

Gordon Walters

Production date
1944
Medium
conte
Size (h x w)
783 x 630 x 32 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1991
Accession no
1991/41
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Precision carbon holder
Precision carbon holder

John Weeks

Production date
1950
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
552 x 755 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
1970/1/31
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War Makers
War Makers

A Lois White

Production date
1937
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
705 x 851 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1970
Accession no
1970/15
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Mount Arthur, Nelson
Mount Arthur, Nelson

M T Woollaston

Production date
1945
Medium
oil on card
Size (h x w)
606 x 608 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1959
Accession no
1959/8/2
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Head
Head

Arnold Manaaki Wilson

On display

Production date
1958
Medium
perlite
Size (h x w)
270 x 150 x 105 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki purchased 1993
Accession no
1992/33/5
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Untitled
Untitled

Gordon Walters

Production date
1952
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
536 x 411 x 52 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1993
Accession no
C1994/1/394
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Untitled
Untitled

Gordon Walters

Production date
1955
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
536 x 411 x 47 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1994
Accession no
1994/28
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Funeral March
Funeral March

A Lois White

Production date
1936
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
840 x 1040 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1936
Accession no
1936/12/2
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Siesta
Siesta

Russell Clark

Production date
circa 1940
Medium
watercolour
Size (h x w)
517 x 517 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1995
Accession no
1995/17
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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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Head of Tilly Frankl
Head of Tilly Frankl

Robert N Field

Production date
circa 1930
Medium
oamaru stone
Size (h x w)
235 x 177 x 200 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1980
Accession no
1980/40/1
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Central Otago
Central Otago

Rita Angus

Production date
1940
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
457 x 533 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mrs Joyce Milligan in memory of Dr R R D Milligan, 1984
Accession no
1984/57
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Willow Tree
Willow Tree

Rita Angus

Production date
1940
Medium
pen, ink
Size (h x w)
490 x 385 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1970
Accession no
1970/11
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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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Industry
Industry

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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Adoration of the Madonna and Child
Adoration of the Madonna and Child

William Reed

Production date
Unknown
Medium
watercolour
Size (h x w)
724 x 533 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1978
Accession no
1978/43/2
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Armageddon
Armageddon

William Reed

Production date
1936
Medium
watercolour
Size (h x w)
546 x 736 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1978
Accession no
1978/43/1
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Repainting the Te Awhina
Repainting the Te Awhina

Ron Stenberg

Production date
circa 1938
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
495 x 540 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1996
Accession no
1995/33
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Art class
Art class

Bessie Christie

Production date
circa 1948
Medium
oil on hardboard
Size (h x w)
470 x 620 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1988
Accession no
1988/40
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Upper Moutere
Upper Moutere

M T Woollaston

Production date
1946
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
606 x 608 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1959
Accession no
1959/8/1
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Wellington
Wellington

M T Woollaston

Production date
1937
Medium
oil on paper mounted on cardboard
Size (h x w)
432 x 482 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1960
Accession no
1960/4
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Mapua
Mapua

M T Woollaston

Production date
1935
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
275 x 355 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr and Mrs R N Field, 1982
Accession no
1982/28/2
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Jubilation
Jubilation

A Lois White

Production date
1948
Medium
oil on cardboard
Size (h x w)
585 x 380 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the M A Serra Trust, 1990
Accession no
1990/29
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Landscape
Landscape

Milan Mrkusich

Production date
1955
Medium
oil on panel
Size (h x w)
508 x 660 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1955
Accession no
1955/40
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Ringatu
Ringatu

Arnold Manaaki Wilson

On display

Production date
1958
Medium
kauri
Size (h x w)
1015 x 235 x 145 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1992
Accession no
1992/33/3
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Tobacco Fields, Pangatotara, Nelson
Tobacco Fields, Pangatotara, Nelson

Doris Lusk

Production date
1943
Medium
oil on cardboard
Size (h x w)
457 x 533 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Colin McCahon, 1966
Accession no
1966/16/1
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Mapua
Mapua

M T Woollaston

Production date
1942
Medium
pen
Size (h x w)
125 x 212 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1960
Accession no
1960/13/3
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Volcanic country near Rotorua
Volcanic country near Rotorua

Christopher Perkins

Production date
circa 1930
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
609 x 685 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1967
Accession no
1967/14/3
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Painting no. 3
Painting no. 3

Milan Mrkusich

Production date
1959
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
780 x 544 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from a private collection
Accession no
L1998/11
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Maori meeting
Maori meeting

Christopher Perkins

Production date
1932-1934
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
914 x 1829 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1967
Accession no
1967/14/2
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The Way of the Cross
The Way of the Cross

Colin McCahon

On display

Production date
1966
Medium
synthetic polymer paint on three hardboard panels
Size (h x w)
406 x 6103 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from the Thanksgiving Foundation
Accession no
L2003/6
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Portrait of Betty Curnow
Portrait of Betty Curnow

Rita Angus

Production date
1942
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
775 x 647 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1970
Accession no
1970/6