When I was in high school, a moody student who just wanted to paint and take photographs of horses and graves (I bet that is really hard for you to imagine because I have changed SO VERY MUCH) one of my lasting memories of school was going on trips to the Auckland Art Gallery for art class.
Now this wasn’t like you lucky folk in London (or basically anywhere other than New Zealand in the 1990s) who got to go to big famous galleries, maybe see a casual Picasso or Rothko in between sneaking off to record stores to buy cassette tapes and finding where the cute boys from other schools where at – I got to see like, a room full of art by New Zealand artists who I did not appreciate at the time, who in hindsight they were bloody great and I should have paid more attention to. What an idiot!
This isn’t a blog post about the follies of my youth however, so lets continue.
SO 20 years later I finally went back because I read on the internet that the Auckland Art Gallery had a makeover and now it looks AMAZING. I can’t really remember what it used to look like – but let me tell you that now it is REALLY AMAZING.
Seriously, right? Good stuff. So much glass, natural light, beautiful pieces. Suck it, 14 year old me.
My favourite exhibition was DARK MATTER by Ann Shelton – a collection of really superb photographs, displayed in a really superb way. I took lots of pictures:
And I really regret not buying the book that went with it. Classic.
Basically if you find yourself in Auckland with a couple of hours to spare, listen to 34 year old Danner, not 14 year old Danner – head up to the gallery. Its choice as.
Auckland Art Gallery
Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
Open 10am – 5pm every day