1. In the house of the poet
When it comes to painting, few artists still use the discipline to tell a story. Alan Ibell is one such painter, using narrative and figuration to construct his abstract works. The 2016 Wallace Arts Award-nominee will be calling upon his time spent in the quaint Italian town of Assisi last year for his first ever solo exhibition — one that focusses on the sanctitude of domestic life. 7th-26th March at Sanderson Contemporary Art
2. Damien Hirst
Following on from his landslide 2011 exhibition at the same central Auckland gallery, Gow Langsford presents a second showcase by the British art magnate. On display will be some of Hirst’s classic butterfly works as well as a selection of spotted paintings that fans will relish.
8th March – 1st April at Gow Langsford Gallery
3. Picturing Asia: Double Take
Enshrining two of the biggest names in photojournalism, Steve McCurry and world-renowned New Zealander Brian Brake, Picturing Asia: Double Take juxtaposes each’s respective style in a study of complex narratives and stunning images. The objective, naturally, is to stimulate a conversation about how Asia is ‘pictured’ within an old history of the exotic thanks to these two pros having put the region’s cultural richness in the spotlight.
25th February – 21st May at Te Uru Gallery
4. I am alive and you are dead
We’re a little obsessed with David Cauchi. The avant-garde artist is currently showing at Ivan Anthony where his show, I am alive and you are dead, is blackly titled in typical Cauchi humour. Here, the artist’s cartoonist sensibility is on show, if in a manner a little more macabre than usual, in a series of intriguingly ghoulish works.
25th February – 18th March at Ivan Anthony
5. In Transit (Arrival)
Artist Yona Lee uses stainless steel tubing — a material commonly used for barriers and handrails in train stations and airports etc — for this large-scale instalment. She ‘explores the structure and pulse of civilisation through a vast entangled work’ that you can walk through and sit within. Interwoven throughout the structure is a litany of everyday objects, from coat hangers to bus handles, street signs to umbrellas. The elaborate construction is well worth a walk through.
11th March – 19th November at Te Tuhi