New Zealand art history in 2018 - what’s included and what’s excluded? Photography is now in it seems, but ceramics not; Contemporary Maori art - in - but traditional Maori arts? Still out. That's at least the view of a new book out this month from Te Papa Press - a survey of Te Papa's collection of New Zealand art, within which a wide range of art experts discuss 270 selected works It begins in the year 1777 with a painting of a fish in Dusky Sound from Captain Cooks voyage (purchased by Te Papa in 2003) and ends with works by Janet Lilo and Tiffany Singh commissioned for the opening of Toi Art at Te Papa this year. You can take a look at an extract online.
Standing Room Only producer Mark Amery spoke to editor Mark Stocker, curator of international historic art at Te Papa about what’s included and not. Mark Stocker explains their rationale.