previews

  • “SPLIT LEVEL VIEW FINDER: THEO SCHOON AND NEW ZEALAND ART”

    City Gallery Wellington
    Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street

    Curated by Aaron Lister and Damian Skinner

    An important figure in New Zealand art history, Theo Schoon (1915–1985) was famous for his interest in, and complicated relationship with, Māori art. His first retrospective in decades promises to rethink the contentious legacy of this Dutch émigré, and to reappraise a practice that traversed the categories of art and craft, image and object, indigenous and European. The exhibition will also feature the work of Rita Angus, A. R. D. Fairburn, Rolfe Hattaway, Douglas MacDiarmid, Paratene Matchitt, Selwyn Muru, Dennis Knight Turner, Gordon Walters, Ans Westra, and Arnold Wilson, locating Schoon’s oeuvre in a larger conversation about emergent modernism in New Zealand. Travels to Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland, in early 2020.