The Social Life of Things

The Social Life of Things
Peter Peryer
The Meccano Bus 1994
Chartwell Collection
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Exhibition Details

What value do objects hold? As things are exchanged and come in and out of our lives, they take on 'social lives' - the meanings that we give them.

The images in this exhibition, by some of New Zealand's leading photographers and taken across the last five decades, invite you to reflect on the world of things. Explore the range of cultural, symbolic and personal relations to be found in this constellation of photographs.

Includes work by Bill Culbert, Marti Friedlander, Fiona Pardington, Michael Parekowhai, Yvonne Todd and many others.

Part of the New Zealand Art: Insights and Connections series of exhibitions drawn from our collection

Date
Curated by
Zara Stanhope, Julia Waite
Location
Ground level
Cost
Free entry

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Bedroom at Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn, 14 February 1990
Bedroom at Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn, 14 February 1990

Mark Adams

Production date
1995
Medium
gelatin silver print, toned with gold
Size (h x w)
381 x 480 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mark Adams and the Partners of Ernst & Young, 1995
Accession no
1994/25/2
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Stairwell at Gunson Street, Ponsonby, 1975
Stairwell at Gunson Street, Ponsonby, 1975

Mark Adams

Production date
1995
Medium
gelatin silver print, toned with gold
Size (h x w)
465 x 370 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mark Adams and the Partners of Ernst & Young, 1995
Accession no
1994/25/9
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Portrait of Nicholas Zissermann, Arana Hall, Dunedin, Nov 1979  IV
Portrait of Nicholas Zissermann, Arana Hall, Dunedin, Nov 1979 IV

Gary Blackman

Production date
1979
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
287 x 278 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/5/3
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The way of all things
The way of all things

Ben Cauchi

Production date
2010
Medium
wet-collodion on acrylic
Size (h x w)
364 x 437 x 55 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
C2010/1/29/1
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Sunset I
Sunset I

Bill Culbert

Production date
1990
Medium
colour photograph
Size (h x w)
1500 x 1000 mm
Credit line
The Auckland Triennial Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2001
Accession no
2001/10/1
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Table Leg
Table Leg

Bill Culbert

Production date
1982
Medium
black and white photograph
Size (h x w)
400 x 400 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2001
Accession no
2001/10/2
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Frosted Bulb in Sun
Frosted Bulb in Sun

Bill Culbert

Production date
1992
Medium
black and white photograph
Size (h x w)
400 x 400 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2001
Accession no
2001/10/3
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Standard Lamps Day, Night
Standard Lamps Day, Night

Bill Culbert

Production date
1995
Medium
black and white photographic prints
Size (h x w)
1248 x 2560 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1999
Accession no
C1999/1/5/1-2
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The Hoteres
The Hoteres

Julian Dashper

Production date
1992
Medium
unique gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
510 x 630 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2001
Accession no
C2001/1/27/7
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ibid public works proposals 2005
ibid public works proposals 2005

et al.

Production date
2005
Medium
photograph on vinyl
Size (h x w)
840 x 1190 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2005
Accession no
C2005/1/30.1-6
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Wanaka, Central Otago
Wanaka, Central Otago

Bruce Foster

Production date
1981
Medium
cibachrome
Size (h x w)
339 x 225 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1983
Accession no
1983/24/5
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Pugliese Suspension / post-performance object
Pugliese Suspension / post-performance object

Alicia Frankovich

Production date
2007
Medium
photograph
Size (h x w)
537 x 745 x 44 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2008
Accession no
C2008/1/4/1
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Kumeu 1971
Kumeu 1971

Marti Friedlander

Production date
2000
Medium
gelatin silver prints, toned with gold
Size (h x w)
323 x 479 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Marti Friedlander, with assistance from the Elise Mourant Bequest, 2001
Accession no
2000/28/156
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Arrowtown 1970
Arrowtown 1970

Marti Friedlander

Production date
2000
Medium
gelatin silver prints, toned with gold
Size (h x w)
633 x 785 x 35 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Marti Friedlander, with assistance from the Elise Mourant Bequest, 2001
Accession no
2000/28/48
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Menorah 1963
Menorah 1963

Marti Friedlander

Production date
2000
Medium
gelatin silver prints, toned with gold
Size (h x w)
790 x 790 x 35 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Marti Friedlander, with assistance from the Elise Mourant Bequest, 2001
Accession no
2000/28/90
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Coca-cola crates
Coca-cola crates

Murray Hedwig

Production date
circa 1977
Medium
colour photograph
Size (h x w)
195 x 240 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1977
Accession no
1977/46/1
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Auckland (Model)
Auckland (Model)

Gavin Hipkins

Production date
1998
Medium
C-type colour photographic print
Size (h x w)
600 x 400 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the Graeme Maunsell Trust, 2002
Accession no
2002/14/3
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Christchurch (Mask)
Christchurch (Mask)

Gavin Hipkins

Production date
1998
Medium
C-type colour photographic print
Size (h x w)
641 x 437 x 22 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the Graeme Maunsell Trust, 2002
Accession no
2002/14/22
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Wellington (Museum)
Wellington (Museum)

Gavin Hipkins

Production date
1998
Medium
C-type colour photographic print
Size (h x w)
641 x 437 x 22 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the Graeme Maunsell Trust, 2002
Accession no
2002/14/24
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Romance: Auckland (Diver)
Romance: Auckland (Diver)

Gavin Hipkins

Production date
2002
Medium
C-type print
Size (h x w)
1395 x 946 x 60 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2006
Accession no
C2006/1/6
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Eyeball
Eyeball

Ronnie van Hout

Production date
2001
Medium
Lambda print
Size (h x w)
508 x 762 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2003
Accession no
2003/31/2
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Helensville (Opportunity Shop)
Helensville (Opportunity Shop)

Allan McDonald

Production date
2006
Medium
C-type print
Size (h x w)
538 x 641 x 47 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2009
Accession no
2009/12/2
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Silver Rock #6 (Medium)
Silver Rock #6 (Medium)

Richard Maloy

Production date
2001
Medium
colour photograph
Size (h x w)
1000 x 696 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2004
Accession no
C2004/1/20
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Blue Dog Head I
Blue Dog Head I

Richard Maloy

Production date
2001
Medium
colour photograph
Size (h x w)
810 x 1020 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2001
Accession no
2001/23/1/1
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A place setting in the refectory. The rule of the Great Silence is observed here. The purpose of silence in the monastery is to develop the spirit or atmosphere of recollection necessary for deep prayer
A place setting in the refectory. The rule of the Great Silence is observed here...

Anne Noble

Production date
1992
Medium
black and white photograph
Size (h x w)
197 x 130 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1993
Accession no
1993/18/10
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Inanga heitiki Y6521
Inanga heitiki Y6521

Fiona Pardington

Production date
2003
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
560 x 425 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003
Accession no
C2003/1/24
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Taniwha
Taniwha

Fiona Pardington

Production date
1995
Medium
selenium toned gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
450 x 355 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1998
Accession no
C1998/1/10
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Neil Keller
Neil Keller

Michael Parekowhai

Production date
2000
Medium
C-type photograph
Size (h x w)
1263 x 1038 x 56 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2000
Accession no
C2000/1/16
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Mask
Mask

Peter Peryer

Production date
2002
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
100 x 72 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003
Accession no
C2003/1/22
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Isabella
Isabella

Peter Peryer

Production date
2001
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
371 x 242 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2001
Accession no
2001/13
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The Meccano Bus
The Meccano Bus

Peter Peryer

Production date
1994
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
350 x 535 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2000
Accession no
C2000/1/18
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Still Life
Still Life

Peter Peryer

Production date
1982
Medium
black and white photograph
Size (h x w)
62 x 93 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
Accession no
1982/4/1
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Shark
Shark

Peter Peryer

Production date
1991
Medium
gelatin silver photograph
Size (h x w)
270 x 412 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1992
Accession no
1992/2/5
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Black vase and white flowers
Black vase and white flowers

Layla Rudneva-Mackay

Production date
2011
Medium
C-type print
Size (h x w)
403 x 403 x 16 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2012
Accession no
C2012/1/18/5
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Blue vase and pink flowers
Blue vase and pink flowers

Layla Rudneva-Mackay

Production date
2011
Medium
c-type print
Size (h x w)
402 x 402 x 16 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2012
Accession no
C2012/1/18/4
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Leo's Sketchbook: Richard Long, Sea Lava Circles
Leo's Sketchbook: Richard Long, Sea Lava Circles

Marie Shannon

Production date
2002
Medium
digital inkjet print on watercolour paper
Size (h x w)
1426 x 1086 x 60 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003
Accession no
C2003/1/1/2
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House at night
House at night

Marie Shannon

Production date
1990
Medium
gelatin silver photograph
Size (h x w)
630 x 783 x 32 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1993
Accession no
1993/21/1
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Dust rat
Dust rat

Marie Shannon

Production date
1990
Medium
gelatin silver photograph
Size (h x w)
300 x 390 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1993
Accession no
1993/21/2
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Wet Sock
Wet Sock

Yvonne Todd

Production date
2005
Medium
lightjet print on archival photographic paper
Size (h x w)
328 x 405 x 43 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2005
Accession no
C2005/1/35/2
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Mal and Freda Turner series: Bedroom
Mal and Freda Turner series: Bedroom

John B Turner

Production date
1968
Medium
black and white photograph
Size (h x w)
289 x 289 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1975
Accession no
1975/49/2
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Botanics-Iris
Botanics-Iris

Boyd Webb

Production date
2003
Medium
colour photograph
Size (h x w)
1534 x 1234 x 50 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2004
Accession no
C2004/1/19