“The World Over”

City Gallery Wellington

Given that in 1642 a Dutch cartographer was the first European to initiate an encounter between Maori and European cultures, it seemed appropriate that this exhibition with its theme of “art in the age of globalization” should be set both in Wellington and in Amsterdam. Ideally a reviewer would have traveled directly from “The World Over,” in Wellington, to Amsterdam—very nearly at the opposite point on the globe—to view the other half of the show, “Under Capricorn,” at the Stedelijk. As it was, after traveling to New Zealand, I reached Amsterdam just in time to see that portion of the exhibit in packing crates, but thanks to the interactive CD-ROMs commissioned to accompany the show, I was able to move through both institutions at my own pace by peering into the virtual space of a computer screen.

In Wellington, Gary Simmons displayed a wall drawing of the lighthouse at the northernmost

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