Anthony Byrt

Gottfried Lindauer

March 2017

Between the 1870s and early 1900s, the Czech émigré Gottfried Lindauer crisscrossed New Zealand, hawking his skills as a portraitist. His paintings were competent, if unspectacular: realist likenesses very often made by working from (and … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2017 [TOC]

Francis Upritchard

November 2016

In Francis Upritchard’s survey “Jealous Saboteurs,” visitors encountered such characters as a Harlequin with a suspiciously amorous bulge in his diamond-patterned tights, his arms spread with a kind of “Hey, forget about it!” nonchalance (… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2016 [TOC]

“Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph”

September 2016

“Emanations” was, according to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, the world’s first comprehensive survey of cameraless photography. That it was happening here and now was the result of several factors coming together at just the right time: … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2016 [TOC]

Luke Willis Thompson

May 2016

The colonial period in the South Pacific may notionally be over, but its legacies are ever present, particularly in the way island nations struggle to survive in the global economy. Market forces well beyond the people’s control shape the … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2016 [TOC]

Opening Belle

The reopening of the Christchurch Art Gallery in New Zealand


BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2010 and February 2011, Christchurch—New Zealand’s second-largest city—was hit by a series of earthquakes. The first, in the early hours of September 4, registered at 7.1, and caused plenty of infrastructural and property … READ ON


Matthew Barney

May 2015

Matthew Barney’s vastly ambitious “Cremaster” cycle, 1994–2002, was finished and presented in that window between 9/11 and the financial collapse of 2008. Not surprisingly, several critics saw it as a bloated corollary to American pomp and … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2015 [TOC]

“Billy AppleŽ: The Artist has to Live Like Everybody Else”

January 2015

Curated by Christina Barton In 1962, the young New Zealand–born artist Barrie Bates bleached his hair and eyebrows in his London flat and changed his name to Billy Apple®. In the ensuing decades, Apple moved from London to New York and then… READ ON


Kim Pieters

October 2014

Kim Pieters took a risk in titling her first survey exhibition “what is a life?” Such a portentous question is hard to address, but it turned out to be a near-perfect encapsulation of the self-examining quality of the artist’s work. Encompassing… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2014 [TOC]

“The Walters Prize”

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

August 2014

In 2012, the Walters Prize judges were criticized for selecting a short list of works few had actually seen in person. It was a sign of globalization’s impact on New Zealand art; all four of the projects had been shown overseas. This year’s… READ ON


Water’s Edge

The 19th Biennale of Sydney

March 2014 SYDNEY

SYDNEY IS A BRISTLING harbor city that evolved as a haphazard solution to nineteenth-century economic questions—build fast and build close to the water, to get stuff, and people from all over the world, in and out as quickly as possible. … READ ON