The extraordinary exhibition Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist) provided Ōtautahi Christchurch audiences with a truly remarkable opportunity to experience artworks by Ralph Hotere at first hand. Ralph was one of Aotearoa’s most talented artists and, significantly for Christchurch, two of his most notable works, Godwit/Kuaka (1977) and Black Phoenix (1984–88), were shown for the first time in the city.
Today we acknowledge with sadness the passing of Billy Apple (1935–2021), a senior figure in Aotearoa New Zealand art and frequent, valued collaborator with Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.
The Gallery has been actively acquiring good strong examples of artworks by Ivy Fife that show her at her best over the past two years with an aim to have her better represented in the permanent collection. Four paintings and two linocuts have been acquired, works that will easily hold their own alongside examples by her Canterbury contemporaries Bill Sutton, Rita Angus, Leo Bensemann, Doris Lusk, Louise Henderson and Rata Lovell Smith.
Following its star appearance in the 2020 Biennale of Sydney, a monumental work by local Tongan artist Kulimoe'anga Stone Maka is on display at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū from 21 August.
Kawakawa, a rongoā/medicinal plant indigenous to Aotearoa, is central to this exciting two-part project by leading Ngāi Tahu artist Lonnie Hutchinson, on show at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū from 19 June to 31 October 2021.