Art of New Zealand in Grove


Gordon Walters: The Poet, oil and pencil on canvas, 415×514 mm, 1947 (Wellington, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, gift of the Friends of the National Art Gallery, 1991, registration number: 1991-0004-2); image © the Gordon Walters estate/Sue Crockford Gallery/Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Gordon Walters: The Poet, oil and pencil on canvas, 415×514 mm, 1947


This season Grove Art Online is pleased to present new material devoted to art in New Zealand—a rapidly growing area of study, exhibition, and interest. The New Zealand art update serves as a pathway into a rich and diverse field of inquiry; it represents an acknowledgement of the wealth of scholarly and artistic activity in this arena in recent years.

This project includes contributions from 15 international scholars and more than 55 extraordinary art images. It covers art from the 13th-century to the present and a wide variety of media: architecture, painting, graphic arts, sculpture, photography, and textiles. Anchoring the update are 12 thematic essays, among them a discussion of art and national identity in New Zealand, the significance of landscape, and Maori-European interactions in art. It also offers over 21 new and updated biographies of significant artists, including Marti Friedlander, Rita Angus, Don Peebles, Colin McCahon, Greer Twiss, and Shane Cotton.

We are delighted that Leonard Bell, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Auckland, served as guest editor for this update. His expertise in cross-cultural interactions and representations served to enliven and enrich the project. We thank the authors, artists, galleries, and museums for their invaluable contributions of new scholarship and images. Special thanks to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and Christchurch Art Gallery for their generosity.

This new scholarship complements Grove’s excellent coverage of the art and culture of New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Islands—more than 500 articles encompassing regions and countries, art forms, artists, patrons, materials and techniques, archaeological sites, museums and historiography. Grove Art Onlineʼs ongoing editorial program broadens existing areas of coverage and encourages the exploration of international subjects in the field of art history and related disciplines. We hope you enjoy it!

Jennifer Bantz
Editor, Grove Art Online
November 2011

Leonard Bell
Guest Editor,
University of Auckland

Roger Blackley, Victoria University of Wellington
Deidre Brown, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, University of Auckland
Edward Hanfling, Waikato Institute of Technology
Mary Kisler, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
Christopher Johnstone, independent art historian
Angela Lassig, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Andrew Leach, Griffith University
Ian Lochhead, University of Canterbury
Kyla Mackenzie, independent art historian
William McAloon, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Marian Minson, Alexander Turnbull Library
Peter Simpson, University of Auckland
John Turner, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Robin Woodward, University of Auckland