What's On at Northart in May

OPENS THIS WEEKEND
A COMPANY OF POTTERS
7 to 27 May
Opening event 4pm Sunday 6 May
 
The central focus of the fascinating ceramics exhibition opening at Northart on Sunday is the three kilns built between 1973 and 1984 on the Redvale property of Ian and Sheryl Smail. Some of New Zealand’s leading ceramicists – amongst them Chester Nealiee, Warren Tippet, Bronwynne Cornish, Len Castle and the Smails themselves – made use of the baby oil-fired kiln, stoneware and wood-fired kilns, and the spirit of improvisation and experimentation that grew from the social nature of their association was instrumental in the flourishing of locally produced pottery during the 1970s and 1980s.
 
Curated by art historian Damien Skinner for Objectspace in Grey Lynn, where it was first shown in November last year, the exhibition in galleries 2 and 3 brings together archival and moving image material with a selection of work produced in the Smail’s kilns. Northart acknowledges the support and generosity of Objectspace’s director Kim Paton, in making the show available to us. (Image by Sam Hartnett, courtesy of Objectspace.)

LAST DAYS
COMMEMORATING PASSCHENDAELE. HOME FRONT TO FRONTLINE
Closes at noon Thursday 3 May
KOREAN FINE ARTS
Closes at noon Thursday 3 May
 
You only have 24 hours to catch Robyn Hughes’ moving commemoration of the battles of Passchendaele before the show closes. Her emotionally charged artworks have encouraged many visitors to share personal stories of the impact of war, a humbling experience for gallery volunteers.
 
A very different but equally successful exhibition also draws to a close tomorrow in galleries 4 and 5. A cause for a celebration among the Auckland-wide community on its opening night, 'Korean Fine Arts' illustrates the broad range of styles and culture interpreted by 14 Korean artists who have made New Zealand their home.

ALSO OPENING
NINE BY THREE
7 to 27 May
Opening event 4pm Sunday 6 May
 
Over the years that close friends and fellow painters Karl Amundsen, Ross Ritchie and Frank van Schaik have been consistently exhibiting at Northart, a number of people have commented on the correspondences in the work of the trio. It is certainly true that the group meets often to discuss art, but none of them produces work informed by the other. What they do however share, and what in some way influences all of them, is an abiding interest in artists such as Frances Bacon, Michael Andrews, R.B. Kitaj and Munch, and those that preceded and influenced them. For their group show, each will exhibit three new works.

ABSTRACT IDIOM
GROUP SHOW
7 to 23 May
Opening event 4pm Sunday 6 May
 
Painters Christine Tizard, Maggie Mcgregor, Leigh Munro and Heather Grouden all work in an abstract idiom. In this group show they will each exhibit both familiar and new pieces. The exhibition closes a few days earlier than the other May shows, so make sure you get to it in good time.

LATER IN MAY
CHARLIE YANG: SAME SPACE
29 May to 17 June
Opening event 4pm Monday 28 May
Floor talk 2pm Monday 11 June
 
For the first of our 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography offerings, Korean Kiwi chef and photographer Charlie Yang explores three worlds – that of his birth, the one in which he now lives, and the space in-between. In each world he shares the dissonance of the mundane and the chasm between cultures. "I hope my photographs convey the sheer weight of longing for home when you’re unsure where home is anymore, and that you, as viewer, come to an understanding of how you can inhabit the same space but have different thoughts."

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
EXPLORING COLOUR WITH MATISSE
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May
11am to 1pm
 
In our May drop-in classes, children will take their lead from Henri Matisse’s masterful use of colour to create their own vibrant works of art. Using coloured paper, they will ‘draw with scissors’ and then recreate their unique design with paint onto paper. The mixing of primary colours will also be demonstrated. These sessions are suitable for children aged five and over accompanied by a guardian, with entry by gold coin donation.

IN THE WINDOWS
DRAWINGS AND OTHER WORKS
5 to 25 May
 
A selection of works from the March and April shows ‘Drawings’ and ’Of Veils’ will move to the window spaces of galleries 1,2 and 3 during May, giving passers-by an opportunity to enjoy them day and under lights at night.

EVENING SEMINAR
SUPERPOSITION: EQUILIBRIUM AND ENGAGEMENT
Linda Tyler
6pm on Sunday 27 May
Free event, donations welcome
 
This year’s Sydney Biennale, currently running until 11 June, has been mired by claims of mismanagement and over-spending, culminating in the recent departure of four of its leadership team. Against this background, University of Auckland lecturer and curator Linda Tyler examines how the latest iteration of the iconic event, put together by curator-at-large of the Mori Art Museum Mami Kataoka, stacks up and she measures the Biennale's contents against its themes and claims of being the arena for ground-breaking art.

MAY MOVIE NIGHT
IN THE PICTURE: R.B. KITAJ
I PAINT WHAT I SEE: DIEGO RIVERA
Studio Space
6pm on Sunday 20 May
$10 members/$15 non-members
Cash and Eftpos accepted
 
May’s double feature movie night begins with ‘In the Picture’, a candid look at the life and work of R.B Kitaj (1932—2007), the American merchant seaman who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and spent much of his adult life in England at the centre of ‘The School of London’ with friends David Hockney, Leon Kossoff and Lucian Freud. Next up is ‘I Paint What I See’, the richly detailed 1992 biopic on famed Mexican artist, Diego Rivera. Shot on location in Mexico and the USA, the film includes a remarkable collection of archival film and photographs. It brings to life the difficulty Rivera faced in his transition from studio artist to public and political artist, and explores his stormy relationship with Frida Kahlo.

Open daily 10am to 4pm during exhibitions, except for public holidays.

Gallery will be closed for installations from 12 noon Thursday 3 May to 4pm Sunday 6 May.