16 Nov 2014

Wystan Curnow - Life and Influences

From Sunday Morning, 11:05 am on 16 November 2014

Wystan Curnow

Wystan Curnow reflects on 50 years of writing about art in the latest of our occasional series, Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences,

He discusses his abiding love for Herman Melville and why he chose Moby Dick as the subject for his PhD thesis; and about the influence on his ideas of the likes of artists Colin McCahon and Billy Apple, jazz great John Coltrane, and his professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Morse Peckham.

A comprehensive collection of Wystan Curnow’s art writing has just been published: The Critic’s Part: Wystan Curnow Art Writings 1971 – 2013, Victoria University Press.