The Wellington Water Whirler by Len Lye (while under repair) has been climbed and damaged by a 'bored' man. He suffered a head injury in the incident and was treated in hospital. Police have laid a wilful damage charge. He claimed that part of the reason for the theatrics was because there was no sign saying not to climb the sculpture. An auction for a handy wallet sized "idiot sign" appeared on TradeMe soon after. Video is here via NZ Herald. New Plymouth has reported their Wind Wands have also been recently targeted by vandals.
To mark 250 years since Captain James Cook ventured our way, the Royal Academy has staged an exhibition to highlight historic and contemporary art from the Pacific. Artists from New Zealand include Fiona Pardington, Lisa Reihana, John Pule and Michael Parekowhai. The good news is, if you are in London from now until December 10th, us Kiwi's and our Pacific cousins get free entry on presentation of our passports.
The Guardian's art critic Jonathan Jones has given it 5 stars *****
Read article here.
The large Royal Doulton character jugs shown above were lot 1044 and 1045 of Kingham & Orme's latest antique sale which took place on Saturday the 28th of July. As we understand these were prototypes and never put into production. The base of the top one is even marked "Not Produced for Sale". The auction house is based in Worcestshire, England. It is unknown whether these will now be part of a New Zealand collection. Lot 1044 sold for 3,600 British pounds and the rich flambe glazed one, for 3,000 pounds.
Dunbar Sloane has an auction on the 18th and 19th of July, which features some early blue and white porcelain, a collection of pipes, brown furniture at the best prices and some other real proper antiques! Catalogue here.
Cordy's has their auction on Tuesday the 17th of July and features the second installment of the Tui Flower estate including a really great selection of tiki and other taonga Maaori. Catalogue here.
Art + Object are selling the second part of the Les & Milly Paris Collection on Thursday 28th June at 6:30pm. The catalogue is now available to view online here. There are some major pieces up for grabs including all the big names : Colin McCahon, Milan Mrkusich, Gordon Walters and Toss Woollaston. As well as the above illustrated lot (27) a suite of three Peter Peryer images of Jam Rolls, Neenish Tarts and Doughnuts. Estimated at $10,000-$16,000.
Tomorrow Cordy's will sell the first half of the Flower Family Collection. Tui Flower was known as the "Julia Child of New Zealand". Peruse the catalogue for yourself here. NZ Herald Focus clip here. "The Cordy's crew hasn't been this excited for some time" a recent instagram post tells us. Will see you there!
These dark and beautifully realised paintings did very well in last month's art sales in Auckland. The Asian, an oil on board from 2013 sold at International Art Centre for $34,000. An earlier work from 2004, Dear John (St John the Baptist) sold at Art + Object as part of the Peter James Smith Collection on May 31st for $26,000. It was estimated at $6,000-10,000. Heather is represented by Jonathan Smart Gallery, Trish Clark Gallery, Page Blackie Gallery and Nadene Milne.
An excellent show has started on Maori Television presented by Dame Anne Salmond, "telling tremendous stories about our Aotearoa". Watch on Monday nights at 8.30 or On Demand through the Maori TV website here.
DOROTHEA [Dorrit] BLACK (Australia 1891-1951)
colour linocut edition of 50
16 x 23 cm
estimated at $10,000 - $20,000
This Art Deco beauty sold last night at Dunbar Sloane in Wellington for $45,000 (Hammer price)
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