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10 MARCH 2013

Ralph Hotere, New Zealand Artist, Dies at 81

Ralph Hotere 1931–2013 "was one of New Zealand's leading abstract artists, well known for his enigmatic, black painted surfaces stripped with luminous lines of color. He was not a strict formalist or wary of content. When an aluminium smelter was proposed for the Aramoana wetland, he famously nailed protest works on local telephone poles, painted on corrugated iron. And although his message was never explicit, his black paintings emerged at the height of the Civil Rights movement and suggested themes of historical crisis: war, nuclear testing, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Apartheid. With an understated gravitas unusual in protest art, Hotere demanded that his work speak for itself.

Although Hotere did not want to be pigeonholed as a 'Māori artist,' his works were steeped in the spiritual world of his ancestors. He was one of the first generation of Māori artists in New Zealand who, with quiet perseverance, forged a path for subsequent generations of artists by establishing a distinctive visual vocabulary that would be influential to both Māori and Pakeha (European) artists alike."

(Andrew Clifford, 1 March 2013, ArtAsiaPacific Magazine)

Fig.1 Ralph Hotere with his Black Phoenix installation at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in 2000. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.

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201320th century artabstract artists • aluminium smelter • Aotearoa New ZealandAramoanaartist • Black Phoenix (artwork) • Careys Bay • deceased • distinctive visual vocabulary • Dunedin • Dunedin Public Art Gallery • funeral • humble origins • Maori • Mitimiti • New Zealand artist • New Zealand cultural identity • Order of New Zealand • paintingsPakehaPort Chalmersprotestprotest artprotest worksRalph Hotere • significant figure • South Island • tangi • the spiritual world of ancestors • the work speaks for itself • visual artist

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Simon Perkins
22 NOVEMBER 2012

Louvre chase scene with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd

Extract from "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" (2003)

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2003 • A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884) • art gallerybreaking the fourth wall • Bugs Bunny • cartoon characterschase sceneDaffy DuckEdvard Munch • Elmer Fudd • extradiegeticGeorges Seurat • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec • humourintertextuality • Jerry Goldsmith • Looney TunesLouvremetatheatricality • moulin rouge • Moulin Rouge La Goulue (1891) • paint by numbers • paintingspointillismremediationSalvador Dalisurrealist style • The Persistence of Memory (1931) • The Scream (1893)world of the image

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Simon Perkins
16 JULY 2012

Archives New Zealand, Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga

"Archives New Zealand, Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga is the official guardian of New Zealand's public archives. We gather, store and protect an extremely wide range of material. Our holdings include the originals of the Treaty of Waitangi, government documents, maps, paintings, photographs and film."

(The Aotearoa New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua)

Fig.1 "Toehold on a Harbour (1966)", Colour, 10 minutes, 35mm, 972 ft., DV file of Beta SP of telecini of 35mm film. W3606/c/25.
Fig.2 "Introducing New Zealand (1955)", W3471/kk/619 DV file of Beta SP telecini of 35mm film.
Fig.3 "Four Cities (1951) (AAPG W3471/3398)", Silent colour travelogue film around the major cities of New Zealand, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. The major sites and scenes of the cities are shown. 2K scan of 16mm reversal print.

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2005Aotearoa New Zealandarchival materialarchive • Archives New Zealand • AucklandAustralasiaChristchurchconservation • contemporary recordkeeping • cultural artefactscultural collecting organisationscultural heritageDepartment of Internal AffairsDunedinfilmgovernment agencies • government documents • guardian • historical collectionhistorical significanceholdings • kept permanently • long-term value • mapsnational archivenational cultural heritage onlinenational heritagenewsreelpaintingsphotographs • Pictorial Parade • preservation • public archives • Public Records Act 2005 • records • repositorysocial history • Te Rua Mahara o te Kawanatanga • travelogueTreaty of Waitangitrolleybus • Weekly Review • Wellington

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Simon Perkins
28 JANUARY 2012

Laura Bifano: a menagerie of polygonal animal paintings

Laura Bifano's "Menagerie" are a series of 10 polygonal animal paintings which she explains were inspired by her love of nature and classic video games. The paintings were shown in a solo show in 2011 at the Intent Gallery at Art Central, Calgary AB.

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2011animalsclassic video games • computer game aesthetics • deer • digital aestheticsdigitised worldfoxgeometryillustrationillustrative styleillustrator • Laura Bifano • love of nature • low polymenageriemonkeynatural worldpaintingspixelpolygonalpolyhedronvideo gamesvisual communicationvisual literacywildlifewomen illustratorswomen in art and design

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Simon Perkins
02 JULY 2010

Object-based learning for children through Hands On guides

"Hands On is a step by step guide to using object–based learning. Aimed at those involved with the education of early years and primary school groups, the guide demonstrates how this form of learning can be carried out using everyday or museum objects.

The guide points out that working with real objects and paintings, for example in a museum or gallery, sparks the imagination, helping children develop their powers of observation and interpret the world around them."

(Museums Galleries Scotland)

[2] Hands On guide bookmarked PDF (11Mb).

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artefactchildrendiscoveryeducationeverydaygalleryguide • Hands On Guide • imaginationinterpretationlearningmuseummuseum objects • Museums Galleries Scotland • objectobject-based discoveryobject-based learningobservationpaintingspedagogyprimary schoolScotland • step by step • teachingUK

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Simon Perkins
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