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NZ's National Gallery Guide Birthday Celebrations

11 July 2005

ARTZONE - NZ's National Gallery Guide Birthday Celebrations

National visual arts gallery guide ArtZone celebrates its second birthday and 10th issue in July.

Launched in August 2003, ArtZone is the only magazine dedicated to cataloguing the varied exhibitions on show around New Zealand. ArtZone provides comprehensive listings of exhibitions at public and private galleries, presents snippets of visual arts news, and features established and up-and-coming artists discussing their work in their own words.

Since 2003, it has profiled an array of Kiwi painters, photographers, sculptors and gallery owners including Robyn Kahukiwa, Hamish Morrison, Judy Darragh, Catherine Russ, Andy Leleisi'uao and Elizabeth Thomson.

Unlike much visual arts writing, ArtZone is in plain English and has been praised for presenting artistic concepts in a way that the person on the street can understand. This is the same goal as that pursued by the acclaimed Welcome to the South Seas survey of contemporary New Zealand art (winner of the non-fiction section of the NZ Post Book Awards) which ArtZone was the first publication to profile.

The 10th issue features an interview with Judy Millar, one of New Zealand's most respected abstract painters. Millar is well-known for her practise of applying paint to a canvas and then removing it with her hands or with rags until she is happy with the composition of the remainder.

She sees herself as part of an international stream of abstract artists, and her work is well received in Europe.

Also profiled is up-and-comer Sam Broad, who explores his Pakeha identity through art. A sixth generation New Zealander, Broad rejects the tag European/New Zealander and always ticks the "other" box on official forms, where he writes "Pakeha" because he feels this is a truer reflection of his indigenousness.

He combines sci fi imagery with tiki and a fresh take on traditional crafts to produce eyecatching prints, woodcuts and kinetic sculptures.


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