Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Richter & Parker at City Gallery Wellington

Final week: Richter & Parker at City Gallery Wellington


Press release:

Final week: Gerhard Richter
and John Parker exhibitions
Closing Sunday 1 December 2002

"Absolutely amazed at both the work of Richter and Parker" Comment from the Visitors' Book

Two outstanding exhibitions at City Gallery Wellington are now drawing to a close. Gerhard Richter Survey presents a rare opportunity to view the work of one of Germany's most influential and important contemporary artists, while John Parker*Ceramics provides an innovative presentation of the work of leading New Zealand ceramicist and theatre designer John Parker.

These exhibitions have proved very popular, with large groups of students particularly visiting the Gallery to see the works. Visitor figures to both exhibitions are very high, and with one week to run City Gallery is predicting 14,000 visitors will have visited the exhibitions over their six week presentation.

Gerhard Richter Survey features 27 key works selected by the artist himself and gives an insight into the artist's creative phases: from the 'photo-paintings' produced in the 1960s to the abstracts painted in the 1980s and 1990s. Richter was honoured earlier this year with a major retrospective exhibition at the highly prestigious Muesum of Modern Art, New York. His focus, throughout his 40 year career, has been to explore the very nature of painting itself and the act of representation, through both painting and photography. City Gallery Wellington is the sole New Zealand venue for this exhibition.

John Parker*Ceramics is a dynamic exhibition of around 350 works, including a large selection of the elegant and pristine 'White Ware', for which he is most well known. A self-confessed 'Renaissance man', Parker has used his parallel skills as a theatre and lighting designer to create a display in which a body of new ceramic works are bathed in a continually changing pattern of coloured light. John Parker*Ceramics is the first major exhibition of the artist's work since 1990, and the first time his work has been presented in a public gallery on this scale. It encompasses 35 years of his career. Gerhard Richter Survey is accompanied by an illustrated exhibition catalogue. John Parker*Ceramics is accompanied by a major publication, published by City Gallery Wellington in partnership with David Bateman Ltd. This is the first in-depth exploration of John Parker's work, and features an illustrated 'Technical Notebook' in which Parker shares over 35 years of accumulated practical skill and expertise with the reader. Both books are available from City Gallery Wellington.

Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith, the major survey exhibition which has seen McCahon described as the 'Van Gogh of Australasia', opens to the public on Sunday 8 December. This exhibition is the largest touring exhibition ever of New Zealand's most important 20th century painter, and arrives in the capital direct from the prestigious Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. City Gallery Wellington is the first venue on its Australasian tour. City Gallery Wellington is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Gerhard Richter Survey is a touring exhibition presented by Germany's Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Affairs) in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes Wellington. John Parker*Ceramics is generously supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, with support from Magnum Mac. City Gallery Wellington is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding from the Wellington City Council. Publicist: Anne Irving T: 04 801 3959 / F: 04 801 3096 / E: anne.irving@wcc.govt.nz ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland