The flickering genius

of the artistic spirit

When I reviewed Auckland Art Gallery’s Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art exhibition in April last year, I described it as a mind-opening experience. The 300-work exhibition, spanning seven decades of art-making by 110 artists, was an invitation to a wānanga on Māori cosmology and worldview. In its assertion and provocation, it also felt as if a cultural bombshell had landed in the venerable central city institution. 

Now the experience of that landmark exhibition can be enjoyed in book form. Auckland Art Gallery has teamed with Penguin Books to present a 400-page volume featuring more than 200 of the exhibition’s works with accompanying interpretation, along with a discerning history of contemporary Māori art by curator Nigel Borrell.

Link to article: The flickering genius of the artistic spirit - E-Tangata


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