All art was once contemporary, and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s rich historical and modern collections reflect what was current at certain times. Over the last 10 years, the Gallery has continued building a collection which reflects the interests and concerns of leading artists, while being attentive to who and where we are in the world. Today, Auckland’s contemporary international collection is foremost in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Other People Think: Auckland’s Contemporary International Collection vividly reflects a turn towards the Asia Pacific region, including South America, which respects the changing demographics of New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city. Taking its title from a light work by Chilean artist, architect and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar, the exhibition considers the importance of shared understandings and empathy in a complex and shifting world.
The exhibition features work in a variety of media including painting, photography, video, kinetic sculpture and installation by artists Nalini Malani, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Taryn Simon, Howard Hodgkins, Mit Jai Inn, María Nepomuceno, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Claire Fontaine and more.
- Curated by
- Rhana Devenport, assisted by Julia Waite
- Level 1 exhibition spaces
Lately he had been spending much time in quiet dull thought. So many of his artist friends were happy. And he just could not understand why. He was not happy. Their art was not better than his, their press not better. Maybe, he realised, that it was just him, he was a loser, a chiller, a shit. But how could he turn that into art he thought, and get rich from it.
acrylic & varnish on canvas
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2006
Central North Island Forests Land Collective Settlement Act 2008 (Treelords). Beehive Banquet Hall, Wellington, New Zealand, June 25, 2008
archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mark Schdroski and Edmond Chin, through the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation, 2017
acrylic and varnish on canvas
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2001
six suspended neons, framework, transformer, cables
The Auckland Triennial Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the Elise Mourant Bequest, 2014