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Such a perfect day

Well – nearly perfect. Lets say that when you live in the desert a visit to the Oasis means you need to fill up to get you to the next Oasis. Feast or famine etc etc and today was a feast

Managed to get to the Reboot exhibition for the collectors talk (report to follow tomorrow). A revelation really and definitely some “ah ha” moments for me. Oddly no one asked questions. I had about a million questions but where do you start in that setting? I did discover an artwork that sums me up completely (just now) Happy for it to be my epitaph even. Ronnie van Hout’s “Sorry I am out of Order”. I think I HAVE to get this T-shirt.

And yes I did bump into some people – rather unexpectedly. And in answer to “whats with the calling cards?”. Well they were free (if you are happy to put up with some spam) and shoving them at people by way of introduction is a great help to socially inept people like me.

Managed to rush over to the Theo Schoon “archival exhibit” at Te Papa as well. I was very disappointed and wish I’d gone to the Helen Hitchings thing instead. I wanted to see some of his rock art work and they just had the gourds, jade, ceramics and Thai stuff on display. I mean I did like what I saw (some amazing photographs) just not what I was wanting to see. Also a pity they didn’t have some of his decorated gourds – just the photos.

And home to a cooked meal – an absolute rarity for me not to have to do the cooking.

Also last night watched “Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon“. It didn’t get such great reviews but I thought it was good. Very clever how some scenes were staged like Bacon’s paintings – although some see this as a weakness.

Off to listen to Lou now.

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Curiouser and curiouser

I feel like I have been “advertising” things a bit here recently (no kickbacks – honest) however, I was very pleased to have the DVD of “Lovely Rita: A Painters Life” arrive today (thanks to Viv!). Get this – just for the extras even !!! I especially enjoyed an expansion on ‘Bette’s Blouse’ and Dane Mitchell’s ‘reading’ of the Angus cottage. It must be the year of Rita Angus and I do wonder how this intensely private woman would make of it all – perhaps relief?

I noticed there are several new arts programs on TVNZ6 including New Artland hosted by Chris Knox. Unfortunately I don’t get this channel but programmes are available at TVNZondemand.

“For the series, 13 of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists were invited to choose a region or community anywhere in New Zealand that they have a personal connection with, and create a new artwork with participants from that chosen community. New Artland documents the journey from the artist’s studio to the final unveiling, capturing both the artistic process and the impressions of the general public as they become involved with the work. The show is fresh, diverse, epic, wondrous and, most importantly, accessible to everyday New Zealanders.”– well lets hope so! I haven’t seen it yet because I have to do some fiddling with my firewall to get it to play, but the first episode featured Ronnie Van Hout.

The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before. Thorstein Veblen (1857 – 1929)

So in this spirit…

Do Galleries with collections “weed” them now and again – like libraries? I have been trying to track down various works and it would appear (although not yet confirmed) that they are not held where the used to be.

What do curators do? Yes I can use Google, but for example the wikipedia entry is not really answering my questions. I can grasp ‘guest curator’ to a degree, but does a curator for example take charge of logistics of mounting an exhibition (eg loans, budgets etc)?

Feel free to comments or use the contact page for an offline discussion if you can help.  Chocolate fish may be awarded for useful answers.

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