April 8th – July 30th 2017
Painter Colin McCahon (1919-87) is one of our most celebrated artists—his name is synonymous with New Zealand art. He emerges in the late 1940s and is active into the early 1980s. Over this time, his work undergoes major formal and conceptual transformations. His diverse oeuvre includes landscapes, figurative paintings, abstractions, text and number paintings, and combinations of these. His work proves inventive and inspiring, crucial and consequential. It leads the discussion. New Zealand art develops around it. Critics argue about its virtues and implications; other artists produce work in response to it. McCahon casts a long shadow.
The exhibition On Going Out with the Tide explores McCahon’s evolving engagement with Māori subjects and themes in his works from the 1960s and 1970s. These works range from early treatments of koru imagery to later history paintings, referring to Māori prophets and highlighting land-rights issues.
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