A mammoth Gordon Walters retrospective gets set to open at Auckland Art Gallery

Gordon Walters became renowned for his works that played with geometric colour and the koru form — a motif most proliferated through Maori moko and kowhaiwhai patterns. Now recognised as one of New Zealand’s most important modernist painters, a comprehensive collection of the artist’s works, including paintings pulled from public and private collections across the country and his original black and white koru paintings from the 1960s (the first time they have been brought together) are set to grace Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki as part of their Gordon Walters: New Vision exhibition.

The retrospective will offer an in-depth look at Walters’ entire body of work, tracing the history of his artistic development and featuring never-seen-before paintings, studies and notebooks. A partnership project between Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, with support from the Walters Estate, this unmissable exhibition is offering a glimpse into one of New Zealand’s most significant moments in art history. Those heading along on opening day (Saturday 7th July) will have the opportunity to be guided through the exhibition by Auckland Art Gallery’s Julia Waite, Curator New Zealand Art, Professor Laurence Simmons from the University of Auckland and Lucy Hammonds, curator Dunedin Public Art Gallery. More information here.

Gordon Walters: New Vision opens on 7th July and will run until 4th November 2018. For more information, click here.


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