Shane Cotton at City Gallery

If you are looking for something (warm, dry and indoors!) to do in Wellington, I recommend you have a look around City Gallery in Civic Square. They are currently hosting an exhibition by esteemed and iconic New Zealand artist Shane Cotton (Ngāpuhi: Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Hine, Te Uri Taniwha).

Shane Cotton has been a familiar name and figure in New Zealand art since the 1990s and his most recent exhibition, titled The Hanging Sky, features “a succinct and lively presentation of Cotton’s freshest work”. You can check out the full exhibition details on the City Gallery website.

You can find out more about Shane Cotton and his work here at the library:

Syndetics book coverShane Cotton.
“As a presentation of a prominent New Zealand artist, this beautifully designed display of Shane Cotton’s paintings is based on his major 2003 retrospective exhibition at City Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand. Demonstrating the work of Cotton (Ngapuhi: Ngati Rangi, Ngati Hine, Te Uri Taniwha) this volume presents the multiple aspects of his bicultural Maori and Pakeha heritage as well as the nature of New Zealand’s cultural identity.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverShane Cotton : The Hanging Sky
“For two decades Shane Cotton (ONZM, Ngapuhi) has been one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed painters. His works of the 1990s played a pivotal part in that decade’s debates about place, belonging and bicultural identity. In the mid 2000s, however, Cotton headed in a spectacular and unexpected new direction: skywards. Employing a sombre new palette of blue and black, he painted the first in what would become a major series of skyscapes-vast, nocturnal spaces where birds speed and plummet. The Hanging Sky brings together highlights from this period with four distinctive new responses.” (Syndetics)

Shane Cotton.
(This was published on the occasion of the exhibition “Shane Cotton” at the Hocken Library in 1999)

Tuakiri : Shane Cotton in the pursuit of identity / Shelley Jahnke.
“Surveys the production of [Shane Cotton’s] work from 1991-2003” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverTe huringa = Turning points : Pākehā colonisation and Māori empowerment : paintings from the collections of the Fletcher Trust and Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare O Rehua Whanganui.
The exhibition looks at the representation of Māori and Māori subject matter by Pākehā artists and as a turning point the way in which Māori artists have reflected their own ideas and concerns.

Syndetics book coverTaiāwhio II : contemporary Mäori artists : 18 new conversations / general editor Huhana Smith with Oriwa Soloman, Awhina Tamarapa and Megan Tamati-Quennell ; photography by Norman Heke.
“Taiawhio: Conversations with Contemporary Maori artists, now in its third reprint, has proven invaluable to art lovers, students, teachers and those with a passion for New Zealand art. This new volume profiles a fresh range of contemporary Maori artists. Each profile contains pages of information and quotes from the artists so readers can learn, in the artists own words, about their influences and inspirations, work methods and practice, while numerous full-colour photographs accompany each chapter, depicting the artists at work and showing the range of their work and the environment in which they create it. Short biographies are given for each artist profiled and a general introduction by Huhana Smith provides context for the interviews and background information about contemporary Maori art.” (Syndetics)

Hotere: Honouring an Icon

Ralph Hotere, or Hone Papita Raukura, was a prominent Māori artist and widely recognised as one of New Zealand’s most important artists. He was born in Mitimiti, Northland and was of Te Aupōuri and Te Rarawa decent. Known as a “warrior artist”, he was renowned for his passionately political artworks, as he provocatively portrayed some of New Zealand’s most divisive historical events. He is attributed with having helped shape New Zealand’s cultural identity, and was accordingly appointed to the Order of New Zealand in the New Year Honours 2012 for services to New Zealand. He passed away on 24 February 2013 at age 81, and was mourned and remembered in a large service in Dunedin on 28 February.

We have many books about Ralph Hotere here at the library:

Syndetics book coverRalph Hotere : black light : major works, including collaborations with Bill Culbert / [editors, Cilla McQueen … [et al.]]

Syndetics book coverRalph Hotere / with Kriselle Baker & Vincent O’Sullivan.

Syndetics book coverHotere : empty of shadows and making a shadow : lithographs by Ralph Hotere / Peter Vangioni, Jillian Cassidy ; introduction by Marian Maguire.

Syndetics book coverThe desire of the line : Ralph Hotere figurative works / Kriselle Baker.

As well as these, we have a DVD about Ralph Hotere:

Ralph Hotere / directed by Darcy Lange.

And even a video!

Hotere [videorecording] / a Paradise Films production ; written & directed by Merata Mita.
Discusses the artwork of New Zealand’s most famous contemporary Māori artist, Ralph Hotere. Suggested audience: general.

We also have a full collection at Central Library of Art New Zealand magazines, dating back to 1976. Ralph Hotere features in a huge number of them. If you need assistance to access the collection, just ask at any of our Central Library enquiries desks and we’ll be glad to help.