Completely serendipitously I have managed to see three Ralph Hotere exhibitions in the last 2 weeks.
First was the show Zero to Infinity at the Hocken Collections celebrating Hotere’s 80th birthday and described as “highlights milestones and lesser known moments in the prodigious career of Ralph Hotere“. It was a mixed bag drawn from the Hocken’s and private collections. It included some great pieces and the selection showed some of the range of his work.
A week later we were in Invercargill and took our usual look round the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. Here they had Ralph Hotere Figurative Works: Carnival, Song Cycle and the Woman Series I’d only seen these works before in the book Desire of the Line . These drawings are worth seeing as it gives a whole different aspect to Hotere’s work. One similar drawing was in the show at the Hocken.
And lastly on Sunday during a snowy drive back to Dunedin we took refuge at the Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore. This small gallery always has stunning things on and we managed to see exhibitions by Andrew Ross and Don Binney as well as works from their substantial Hotere collection. I think if I had to pick, this was my favourite Hotere show of the three, but probably because it featured one of my favourite Hotere paintings, which I can’t find an image of, but it was a black RAIN banner (inspired by Hone Tuwhare’s great poem).