Thursday, July 10, 2008

Lessons in NZ Art - Part 2

Last night, The Suter had a showing of Lovely Rita, the Gaylene Preston documentary on painter Rita Angus shown on TVNZ last year. It's the episode I kept missing. Gaylene was there to introduce the film, and she described the doco, at one point, as trailer to Jill Trevelyan's biography "Rita Angus: An Artist's Life", so by extension, her exhibition at Te Papa also.

It was spectacular to see the doco on a big screen as her paintings tend to be small works, but there is so much tiny details in them which I would have never noticed even if I watched the DVD over and over again. And it was nice to see the thumbs up to Gore's Eastern Southland Gallery: when John Money donated eight Angus paintings, they decided to show them, rather than to stick them in the back storage like everybody else.

Te Papa's exhibition will travel to Christchurch, Dunedin and Auckland over the next year or so. I'll have to go somewhere to catch it. The Te Papa site above has links to free audio downloads.

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