ArtReview’s Power 100 list 2015

Yayoi Kusama

Check here to see the top 100 people of influence in the art world.
An interesting bunch of people who live in a totally different sphere.
Their tag lines are inspiring. Here are 7 artists who feature on the list to
inspire you.

Jeff Koons

8. Marina Abramovic – Performance-artist-turned-celebrity-inspirer-and- admirer
11. Wolfgang Tillmans – The most significant artist photographer working today
14. Jeff Koons – Omnipresent neoliberal pop artist and “balloon dog millionaire”
27. Gerhard Richter – Still one of the most important painters of our times
29. Pierre Huyghe – Cerebral conceptual artist
53. Yayoi Kusama – Red, white and instantly recognizable: the highest earning living female artist.
89. Rick Lowe –  Social Sculpture pioneer

Dan- Wolfgang Tillmans





Woman in Art – why have there been no great woman artists?

artnews women in the artworld

Need some  art reading for June
here’s a good place to start
Women in the Art World

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?
This essay written by Linda Nochlin  appeared in ArtNews in 1971
and is a good place to start in on feminist art history and art theory.
And will certainly give cause for thought and hopefully discussion and further


“What is important is that women face up to the reality of their history and of their present situation, without making excuses or puffing mediocrity. Disadvantage may indeed be an excuse; it is not, however, an intellectual position. Rather, using as a vantage point their situation as underdogs in the realm of grandeur, and outsiders in that of ideology, women can reveal institutional and intellectual weaknesses in general, and, at the same time that they destroy false consciousness, take part in the creation of institutions in which clear thought—and true greatness—are challenges open to anyone, man or woman, courageous enough to take the necessary risk, the leap into the unknown.”

Define Great
40 years on has anything changed?
What should I read next? Oh this Then and Now


Art and About

If you are in Auckland

in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015
is highly recommended

Complex and vast in scale, artist Lisa Reihana’s 25-metre wide by four-metre high panoramic video and sound work, in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015, immerses visitors in the sights and sounds of the Pacific.
From Saturday 2 May – Sunday 30 August, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki exhibits one of the most ambitious screen-based art installations to come out of contemporary art practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Barry Brickell

His Own Steam: A Barry Brickell Survey

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Auckland

Until Sunday 31 May 2015 10:00am – 4:30pm







‘Priceless’ Maori portraits head to Europe gallery

Portraits by nineteenth century painter Gottfried Lindauer will form part of a major retrospective exhibition at the Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
This is pretty cool because Lindauer was a bohemian and I live in Puhoi which is a bohemian village. When we first moved here I though Puhoi was a bohemian village because lots of artists
lived here and I had fond imaginings of a village full of painters and poets.

Source NZ Herald



Mr Turner

We have been looking forward to seeing Mr Turner  for months, so imagine our surprise
when it was released and we could only find it at two theaters in Auckland.
J. M. W. Turner artist and  master of light and colour,
the link below is a great write up of his life and the why of his art by
Meryle Secrest  JMW Turner Snow Storm on View
I think she gives a great overview his motivations.

JMW Turner Snow Storm - Steam Boat off a Harbours Mouth 1842






Turner had himself tied to the mast of the boat during a storm so he could
experience  it first hand.

If you want to see a well made, excellently acted, fantastically detailed and beautifully
shot film about a seemingly obtuse man who painted miracles – Mr Turner is for you.

There is a  detailed Turner biography here

Resurgence of Political Art

This  caught my eye this morning

Police killings prompt a resurgence in political art
which led to
Street artists protest police brutality

Guernica sprung to mind and then some how I ended up here at

 Well now – I could happily play in this sand pit for a very very long time

Art speaks Action is a blog about NZ political art seems like it was somebodies journalist school assignment but its a start.
very much looking forward to further reading.

Emily Karaka Te Uri O Te Ao 1995