New Zealand Sculpture: A History

Overview

Charting the growth of sculpture from the era of British imports and influence to the more confident expression of the 20th and 21st centuries, this leading study in New Zealand art tells the enthralling story of a form that has become stronger in recent years. Envisioning a new popularity for sculpting with the establishment of several outdoor sculpture walks, this updated edition includes a chapter discussing New Zealand sculpture’s international reach, its role at Venice Biennales, and the importance...

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Overview

Charting the growth of sculpture from the era of British imports and influence to the more confident expression of the 20th and 21st centuries, this leading study in New Zealand art tells the enthralling story of a form that has become stronger in recent years. Envisioning a new popularity for sculpting with the establishment of several outdoor sculpture walks, this updated edition includes a chapter discussing New Zealand sculpture’s international reach, its role at Venice Biennales, and the importance of overseas-based New Zealand sculptors such as Francis Upritchard and Ronnie van Hout. Ideal for art lovers and educational institutions alike, this analysis also includes a general bibliography and reading lists for each major artist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781869404253
  • Publisher: Auckland University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Dunn is the former head of the Elam School of Fine Arts and the department of art history at the University of Auckland. He is the author of Contemporary Painting in New Zealand, Nerli: An Italian Painter in the South Pacific, and New Zealand Painting: A Concise History. He is the coeditor of Frances Hodgkins: Paintings and Drawings.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

I Early Carvers and Masons: 1860-1890 10

II Public Statuary of the Victorian and Edwardian Periods 17

III The Origins of Local Sculpture 30

IV Sculpture Between the Wars: 1918-1939 40

V The La Trobe Scheme: Sculpture and the Art Schools: 1920-1960 55

VI Post-War Sculpture: 1945-1965 68

VII Figurative Sculpture Post-1960 86

VIII Abstraction and Modernism: 1960-1990 103

IX Post-Object and Conceptual Art: 1969 to the Present 118

X Contemporary Maori Sculpture 130

XI Contemporary Sculpture in New Zealand 147

XII Crisis of Identity: Sculpture since 2000 168

Bibliography 183

List of Figures and Plates 193

Photo Credits 196

Index 197

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