22 Sep — 3 Dec 2017
Ralph Hotere: Black Paintings 1–7Ralph Hotere’s Black Paintings (1968–69) were the first works acquired for the Govett-Brewster Collection in the years preceding the opening of the museum in 1970.
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Ralph Hotere’s Black Paintings (1968–69) remain at the cutting-edge of minimal geometric abstraction painting produced in Aotearoa New Zealand and equally foreground conversations about the interplay between Māori aesthetics and consciousness and European cultural ideals and art practices.
It’s a timely celebration of Hotere’s Black Paintings as the final suite in this series (1973) from the Christchurch Art Gallery collection is currently on display in the influential festival exhibition ‘documenta’ in Kassel, Germany – putting the work back on a world stage.