Friends of the Gallery newsletter - February 2009 - Auckland Art ...

Friends of the Gallery newsletter - February 2009 - Auckland Art ...

Bringing Art and people Together

Auckland Art Gallery’s Docents have a dedicated role in bringing

alive the most remarkable collection of artworks through conducting

daily and special interest tours.

We are inviting applications for our volunteer Docent programme.

The Gallery requires a two-year commitment of your time and

enthusiasm; in return, we offer the rewards of a shared knowledge

and passion for art, among colleagues and visitors that is a very unique


Our introductory training programme for early 2009 - one morning

each week for 10 weeks - will give an overview of the Gallery’s

collection and exhibition preparation, as well as developing the skills

essential to presenting engaging tours.

Position applications can be made with a letter of interest and brief

curriculum vitae. Some understanding of art history is a requirement

and good communication skills are of the utmost importance.

For enquiries:

LEFT: Docent Diana Rutherford in front of Colin Mahon’s Urewera Mural

“On the Wall” Party & Art Auction




Scenes from

the evening

BELOW: A selection of

the work auctioned

The Friend’s end of year “On the Wall” party was a great success

with many of our members enjoying bidding for the various art works

auctioned during the evening.

From the sale of the artworks, we raised $7,100 for the Friends of

the Gallery Acquisition Trust. The committee would like to thank

International Art Centre for the use of their premises and support

in organizing the event, members for their support and all the

following artists who very generously donated their work: Don Binney,

Michael Smither, George Baloghy, Peter Siddell, Sylvia Siddell,

Jan Nigro, Richard McWhannell, Nicky Foreman, Lauren Lysaght,

Paul Cullen, Sarah Hillary, Leonie Romanes, Jo Don, James Watkins,

Kathrine Fraser, Lindsay Kirk, Aidan Edwards, “Culture Vultures”,

Warwick Brown, Stephen Oxton, Guy Harkness, Sarah Stuart and

Dot Daziell.


Artist’s Talk with Jude Rae

wednesday 11 march // 1.00pm

Friends are fortunate in their opportunities to

meet distinguished artists and on the visit to

Jensen Gallery in Newmarket, we will be able to

hear Jude Rae talk about her recent work.

In 2008, Jude won, for the second time, the

Portia Geach Memorial Prize in Australia.

Even though she now lives in Canberra,

Jude maintains strong links with New Zealand,

exhibiting here regularly. Her works are held

in major public galleries – Te Papa,

Christchurch, and our own Auckland City

Art Gallery. Recently, Auckland Art Gallery

Patrons acquired one of her large works

“Sleep” to add to the collection.

Jude plans to be with us on our visit to her

exhibition “Paintings” to talk about the

inspiration behind her recent portraits, with

their references to Vermeer and Velasquez.

Meet us at Jensen Gallery, 11 McColl Street,

Newmarket. Members no charge.

Non-members $10.

Jude Rae

Be Enchanted !

Enchantment! A wonderful word to use

of the experience of being charmed,

delighted, transfixed, transported into

another realm – an apt word to describe

the visual feast of works in the exhibition

“The Enchanted Garden”. How we delight

in domesticating the wild wonder of

nature in a garden! “In Shifting Light”

also showing at the (old-ish) New Gallery

expresses the interaction of artist and

nature on a different scale. Both

showings have delighted and enchanted

Friends. In the next months we meet

John McIver, Gallery Photographer;

and discuss their work with Jude Rae

and John Pusateri; admire Virginia King’s

sculpture – even visit Monet and friends

at Te Papa!

If you missed our end of year event in

December ’08 the ‘On the Wall’ theme

had all the fun of the previous year.

Hosted by International Art Centre in

Parnell, Richard Thomson caught the

spirit of the evening as the amiable

auctioneer inviting bidding for delightful

little paintings by local artists – some

neophytes, and some of international

renown! Most were painted on tiny pieces

of wall cut from the demolished Edmiston

wing. A few were larger, painted directly

onto the wall for the ’07 party, cut out

and sold to the highest bidder! All told

we raised over $7,000 for the Friends

Acquisitions Trust. Our generously

willing artists deserve our huge and

enthusiastic gratitude.

Continue to be enchanted with the

Friends at the Gallery!

Warren Limbrick, President


• Reduced admission to pay exhibitions.

• On Show with advanced information on exhibitions, gallery

activities, and Friends’ news.

• Participation in social events, studio visits, curatorial tours

of current exhibitions, lecture programmes, guided tours of

dealer galleries and public art works.

• Opportunity to have a more personal involvement in the gallery

through access to its highly professional staff.

• The Black Crow Café in Kitchener Street will give a 10%

discount for purchases over $6 and on presentation of your

Friends’ Membership Card.


PO Box 5449, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141, New Zealand

T +64 9 307 7705 F +64 9 302 1096


• Concession entry to Te Papa, Wellington and the Waikato

Museum of Art & History in Hamilton.

• 10% discount at the Art Gallery Shop, Parsons Bookshop

and Pathfinders Bookshop in the New Gallery precinct.

• A discounted rate is available to Friends’ members who hire

the Auckland Art Gallery facilities for functions.

For more information, please call 09 307 7705, or email

Graphic Design:

Jenny Reid





// APRIL 2009

Thursday 5 February // 1.00pm

NB Change of date and time

Curator’s Tour – “The Enchanted Garden”

New Gallery. Members no charge.

Non-members $10.

Tuesday 10 March // 6.00pm

Curator’s Tour – Yinka Shonibare MBE

Art Lounge, entrance Lorne Street.

Members $20. Non-members $25.

Wednesday 11 March // 1.00pm

Artist’s Talk with Jude Rae

Jensen Gallery, 11 McColl Street,

Newmarket. Members no charge.

Non-members $10.

Thursday 19 March // 10.30am

Visit to John Pusateri

Lithographic Studio at Unitec

Members only. No charge.

Bookings essential.

Tuesday 31 March // 10.30am

Behind the Scenes with John McIver,

Gallery Photographer

Art Lounge, entrance Lorne Street.

Members no charge. Non-members $10.

Saturday 4 April // 11.00am

Art Adventure to David Lange

Memorial in Otahuhu

Members no charge. Non-members $10.

Wednesday 22 April // 6.00pm

“Monet and the Impressionists”

Te Papa, Wellington. Reservations by

Tuesday 31 March. Phone the Secretary

on 307-7705.

Please bring your membership card

to all events.Tickets are only issued

for paid events.Telephone credit card

bookings are available. For more details

and booking information contact the

Friends Secretary on 307 7705 or email

Thursday 5 February // 1.00pm

(NB Change of date and time)

Curator’s Tour – “The Enchanted Garden”

Mary Kisler, Mackelvie Curator of International Art, will talk to us in the exhibition she

curated, “The Enchanted Garden”. Mary puts together works from the Gallery’s collection

showing gardens through the ages, from Islamic gardens of Paradise to romantic settings

for popular themes in Western art. The show also includes an artist’s project.

Meet in the foyer of the New Gallery. Members no charge. Non-members $10.

Tuesday 10 March // 6.00pm

Curator’s Tour – Yinka Shonibare MBE

Auckland Art Gallery is delighted to present for the first time in New Zealand the work of

one of the United Kingdom’s most sought after contemporary artists, Yinka Shonibare MBE.

Known for recreating traditional Western European scenes using fabrics that recall the

colours of African dress, Shonibare works with diverse artistic media to playfully stimulate

debate about culture, authenticity and issues of identity today. This international exhibition

is not one to be missed. We invite you to join us for wine and savouries and a curator’s tour.

Art Lounge – Lorne Street. Members $20. Non-members $25.

Yinka Shonibare - Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) (still) 2004, high definition video,

courtesy of the artist, James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London © the artist

Thursday 19 March // 10.30am

Visit to a Lithographic Studio

Join us as we visit artist and lecturer,

John Pusateri at Unitec. John was born

in America and did his Bachelor of Fine

Arts there before coming to Auckland

and completing his Masters at Elam

School of Fine Arts. John has had solo

and group exhibitions in this country

and America. Two of his main interests

are drawing and lithography and he will

take us into his lithographic studio to

talk about the process. Because of

studio space, numbers are limited so

please book early. Directions will be on

your ticket. Members only. No charge.

John Pusateri

Tuesday 31 March // 10.30am

Behind the Scenes with John McIver, Gallery Photographer

We have all thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the work of the ‘backroom

boys’ at the Art Gallery. This time we will be learning about the work of

John McIver, resident photographer.

No doubt, many members have seen John going about his business on

their visits to the Gallery, but few of us know exactly what is entailed in

being the major visual recorder of the Gallery’s collection and events.

John has been photographing artwork for the Gallery for the past 24

years and his illustrated talk will include an insight into the changes in

photography over the years. These talks by the staff of the Gallery give

members a real appreciation of just how much is involved in keep a major

art gallery functioning.

Art Lounge - Lorne Street. Members no charge. Non-members $10.

Saturday 4 April // 11.00am

Art Adventure – David Lange Memorial

There can be few among the Friends who

who have not admired sculptor Virginia

King’s work on various outings –

remember Brick Bay Venturing into the

wilds of Otahuhu in April will give us

another opportunity. There we will see

the David Lange Memorial, Virginia was

commissioned to create in 2007.

Virginia’s works celebrate life in the

South Pacific and the complexities of the

natural forms. By abstracting and magnifying these forms, she draws

attention to their fragility and the vulnerability of the earth’s ecosystems.

The memorial is an eight-metre long vessel raised on four

poles and is a symbol of the passage of life. We hope that Virginia will

join us on this visit, but if she is unable to be there, Deborah White

from Whitespace will talk about Virginia’s work.

Wednesday 22 April // 6.00pm

“Monet and the Impressionists”

– Te Papa, Wellington

The Friends have arranged a

special after-hours guided tour

of the exhibition “Monet and

the Impressionists” which

opens at Te Papa in Wellington

during February. This tour has

been arranged with the help of

the Friends of Te Papa.

Members must make their

own travel and accommodation

arrangements but reservations

for the tour need to be made

with our Secretary by Tuesday

31 March. Phone 307 7705.

Friday 1 May – Sunday 3 May

Claude Monet - Camille Monet and a child in the

artist’s garden in Argenteuil 1875

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: anonymous gift in memory of

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin S. Webster. Photograph © MFA, Boston

This exhibition was organised by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Auckland Art Fair – Special offer to the VIP Lounge

Special offer for Friends who visit the Auckland Art Fair held the

first weekend in May.

On presentation of your Friends of the Gallery Membership Card

you will have access to the Fair’s VIP lounge. The Fair is a biennial

event and this year features 40 leading national and international

LEFT: Jon McIver at work

BELOW: typical photographic studio setup


Virginia King


David Lange


Meet us at Mason Ave Reserve, Otahuhu (via Princess St motorway

off ramp). Members no Charge. Non-members $10.

Claude Monet - Waterlilies


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:

gift of Edward Jackson Holmes.

Photograph © MFA, Boston


Paul Cézanne - The pond


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:

Tompkins Collection - Arthur Gordon

Tompkins Fund. Photograph © MFA,



Pierre-August Renoir -

Woman with a parasol and

small child on a sunlit

hillside c.1874-76

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:

bequest of John T. Spaulding.

Photograph © MFA, Boston

galleries showing 600 of their top artists. The programme includes

guided tours, artist floor talks, a sculpture court, installations on

site, and much more. Make sure you take your membership card so

that you can take advantage of the VIP Lounge!

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