Don Binney: Flight Path is a richly illustrated account of the life and work of one of New Zealand’s most iconic artists.
Painter, printmaker, teacher, writer and ornithologist, Don Binney was a mercurial presence on the New Zealand cultural scene from the time of his rise to fame in the early 1960s. His unmistakable, stylised depictions of birds have come to define an era in the development of the nation’s art.
Drawing extensively on Binney’s letters, journals and other writings, award-winning author and curator Gregory O’Brien takes us into the world of this gifted but paradoxical artist. Richly illustrated with Binney’s paintings, drawings and prints – alongside photographs and documentary materials – this is the first full-length monograph on one of New Zealand’s most important twentieth-century artists.
To hear about the book, Frances caught up with Greg for Various Artists this week.
Andrea Hotere, daughter of renowned Aotearoa artist Ralph Hotere and acclaimed poet Cilla McQueen has released her first novel, The Vanishing Point. The book is a fast-paced contemporary historical novel set in the 1600s and 1990s that twists and turns to a banger of an ending. Andrea says she wants the book to encourage the reader’s sense of curiosity about art in a way that is fun and accessible, to show the benefit of challenging received wisdom from the establishment sometimes, and listening to the artist, first and foremost.
To hear more about the novel Frances caught up with Andrea for Various Artists this week.
Frances speaks to Mark Amery and Sophie Jerram about their new book ‘Urgent Moments’ on the story of public art curations in the cultural climate of the mid 2000’s, and with New Zealand fashion designer and wool enthusiast Liz Mitchell about her upcoming exhibition ‘This Raw Material’.
Liam speaks to artist and advocate Judy Darragh about the arts in the upcoming election and to Dan Arps about about his Nirvana Park exhibition at Micheal Lett Gallery 2.
And—of course—to round off the show, we take you through the art guide for Tāmaki Makarau this week.
After first occupying vacant spaces in a post-stock-market-crash Auckland in the mid-1990s, public art curators ‘Letting Space’ re-emerged in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. Confronted by the thin net of social welfare, the waste of the capitalist system and the climate emergency, it brokered spaces for artists to think and act radically, outside gallery walls.
A big and bright new book out of Massey University Press, ‘Urgent Moments’ chronicles these projects the artists that drove them.
To hear about the projects, Frances caught up with editors Mark Amery and Sophie Jerram.
Later in the month, Homestead Galleries is presenting This Raw Material, an exhibition featuring contemporary wool craft and bespoke creations by Liz Mitchell (MNZM).
Liz Mitchell holds a prominent position in Aotearoa New Zealand's fashion industry. With her specialisation in bespoke tailoring, she has devoted nearly three decades to harnessing the inherent beauty, adaptability, and enduring qualities of wool. Her unwavering dedication has established wool as the cornerstone of her design philosophy.
Spanning all three rooms of Homestead Galleries, the exhibition encourages visitors to embrace strong wool in Aotearoa as an integral part of their daily lives, fostering a more conscious and sustainable lifestyle.
To hear about the exhibition, Frances caught up with Liz for Various Artists.
Liam will be chatting with Greens Arts, Culture, and Heritage spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick about arts policy in the 2023 election.
Frances will dive into some events as part of Artweek in the City centre, speaking with Victoria Gancheva about her performance of 'Past is Prologue' in the Urban Art Village, and Season gallery director Francis McWhannell about “Tangata Whenua’, a new exhibition of Robyn Kahukiwa’s work.
Liam also chatted to Jonny Brugh about Proof, his directorial debut that’s showing in the Show Me Shorts film festival.
Warning: Frances played Dire Straits in this show.