Northern News : February 8th 2012
5 NORTHERN NEWS, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 NEWS www.shoestyles.co.nz Kerikeri Ph 407 9392 Paihia 09 402 5610 If the shoe fits...we're it! SUMMER SALE! BUSINESS LAW Dennis McBrearty Lawyer & Director Business is tight but not dead! See Dennis for up-to-date advice on buying or selling or your new lease. The Meridian 93 Kerikeri Road Kerikeri 09 407 7099 www.lawnorth.co.nz Gallery merges the old and new Retrospective: Il Vecchio Castello 2004 by Philip Tristtum. ABOUT THE ARTS with Mike Nettmann ' There is a huge amount of gallery space and it was impossible to cover everything in the three hours I had allocated myself. ' A bad artist thinks he has a good idea, A good one does not need any- thing. -- Ad Reinhardt Auckland Art Gal- lery Toi O Tamaki My first visit to the newly renovated gallery and what an amazing building with old and new beautifully and in some places spectacu- larly merged. There is a huge gallery space and it was imposs- ible to cover everything in the three hours I had allocated myself -- so with brochures under arm I took the radical path'' discovering con- temporary and some his- toric abstract works. The ground floor was devoted to the New Zea- land Collection and didn't disappoint with works by Nick Austin -- Lost Sock Paintings -- acrylic on newspaper; Sriwhana Spong -- two works using paper and colour correction filters on matt board; Rohan Wealleans using off-cuts from prior paintings; a stunning Gretchen Albrecht -- Golden Cloud -- and an old'' Richard Killean with instructions to the curator hang in any order''. I then made my way upstairs to the inter- national historic art col- lection of which a major section of works have been donated. My honest opinion of some if not most of the abstract works was that it looked tired and worn and not a good represen- tation of the artists' oeuvre. Then on to the inter- national contemporary art section. Oh dear what a huge disappoint- ment. I persevered to find any piece that resembled good'' art and finally thank heavens found Len Lye's won- drous kin- etic installation -- a mas- terpiece of ingenuity and creativity. I left the gallery think- ing: Oh for the good old days when art was art and crap was crap and they never met.'' The Pah Homestead Auckland On the second day of my stay in Auckland I visited the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre home to the Wallace Col- lection. Wow what a venue resplendent in its old- world glory. James Wallace began collecting New Zealand art in the mid-1960s, with a par- ticular focus on the work of emerging artists with now more than 5000 works in his collection. The current exhibition is a fascinating, eclectic look at contemporary New Zealand art. A highlight was the retrospective collection of works by Philip Trist- tum, a Kiwi artist I have admired for years. Beyondsemble returning to Kerikeri This multi-talented and highly entertaining group will perform their jazzy, gypsy, tango, celtic, folksy, Latin mix in a house concert at 18 Kemp Rd on Saturday at 8pm, call 027-234-0636. They will also perform at Marsden Estate, 56 Wiroa Rd, on Sunday at 1pm, call (09) 407-9398. Mundi in Kerikeri and Omapere Prepare to be transported. Mundi takes you on a journey led by flute virtuoso and composer Tamara Smith with inspiration from North Africa deserts to the Amazon basin and beyond. Mundi performs at the Turner Centre Kerikeri on Saturday, February 18, at 7.30pm and the Copthorne Hokianga, Omapere on Sunday, February 19 at 7.30pm.
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