Gordon Walters: New Vision
|Author:||Lucy Hammonds; Julia Waite; Laurence Simmons|
Gordon Walters was one of New Zealand’s foremost abstract painters. His legacy in New Zealand art and design is considered by many to be unparalleled. Over a career spanning 50 years he produced artwork of great refinement and exactitude. Although best known for his mesmerising koru paintings, Walters’ oeuvre is a much wider collection of connected bodies of work. Gordon Walters: New Vision examines the artist’s entire oeuvre, for the first time, and presents new insights into what influenced his unique and enduring vision.
Eight richly illustrated essays trace Walters’ connections with the art and cultures of New Zealand, the Pacific, Australia, the Americas and Europe. Five extensive plate sections comprising more than 100 artworks show the key periods in his career and illustrate previously unelaborated links between bodies of work.
Gordon Walters: New Vision provides readers with a complete story of this influential New Zealand artist’s evolution during a dynamic period in New Zealand culture and art history.
A substantial publication, Gordon Walters : New Vision, is being co-published by Auckland Art Gallery and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery to mark the occasion of this exhibition. This definitive and sumptuous book presents colour plates of works in the exhibition alongside other key works and includes essays by the three curators of the exhibition - Lucy Hammonds (Dunedin Public Art Gallery), Julia Waite (Auckland Art Gallery) and Professor Laurence Simmons (University of Auckland) - and six leading New Zealand and international scholars (Deidre Brown, Peter Brunt, Rex Butler, A.D.S. Donaldson, Luke Smythe and Thomas Crow) that reflect upon and reconsider the relationship between Walters' work and his key sources of inspiration and influences.
Two years in the making, and with unprecedented access to the private archives of the Walters Estate, this exhibition offers a unique opportunity to examine the breadth of more than fifty years of Walters' practice.
A substantial publication, Gordon Walters : New Vision, is being co-published by Auckland Art Gallery and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery to mark the occasion of this exhibition.
Shortlisted for Ockhams Illustrated Non Fiction Award 2018