Thursday, September 10, 2009

Len Lye - The Book

Image Courtesy Govett-Brewster Gallery & Len Lye Foundation
And so to another stunning publication from Govett-Brewster Gallery, this time in partnership with the Len Lye Foundation. Co-edited by the gallery’s Len Lye curator, Tyler Cann and poet, writer, critic, Wystan Curnow, ‘Len Lye,’ the book showcases one of New Zealand’s most inspirational and influential artists, throwing fresh light on the incredible diversity of his career. Len Lye (1901-1980) is best known in New Zealand as a kinetic sculptor but his international reputation was built around his experimental work in film. Poet, painter, experimental filmmaker and sculptor, Lye was born in Christchurch and travelled throughout the South Pacific and Australia, later working his passage to Britain on a steamship in 1926. He moved to New York in 1944. His work has featured in over 50 major exhibitions worldwide including in Paris’ Pompidou Centre, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and London’s Tate Modern. For this new look into his life and work – the most comprehensive visual presentation to date – over 1,000 new photographs were created and hundreds of them have been included in the book. The publication coincides with the largest and most comprehensive Len Lye exhibition ever, currently showing in the heart of Melbourne at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. In addition to all of that, I love the fact that Scottish poet, Alastair Reid declared Lye “the least boring person who ever lived.” Len Lye, the book is available through bookstores nationwide and it will be officially launched at the Govett-Brewster Gallery on September 25.

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