Monday, May 10, 2010

One White Book

I love the look of this new publication put together by New Plymouth's Govett Brewster Gallery which celebrates the gallery's landmark exhibition by Peter Robinson in 2008. Peter Robinson: Snow Ball Blind Time - the exhibition, marked only the second time the Govett Brewster had given over its entire gallery space to one artist. Occupying the entire 574 square metres of the gallery, Robinson's show took 18 months to create. The only other time one artist has been commissioned to create a single work for the entire gallery was in 1970, when Leon Narbey's Real Time took command of the building. This new book - more than an exhibition catalogue - traces Robinson's exploration of materials and ideas through the eight major projects since his formative ACK installation at Artspace, Auckland in 2006, which was seen as a pivotal change of direction in his artmaking practice. Born in Ashburton, Canterbury in 1966, Robinson currently lives in Auckland, where he is Associate Professor at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. He has held residencies in Germany and Australia, represented New Zealand at the 2001 Venice Biennale and was awarded the prestigious 2008 Walters prize for outstanding contributions to contemporary art in New Zealand for his work at ACK. The above book is now available through bookstores throughout New Zealand.

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