16 Aug 2021
Two new works by Tāmaki Makaurau-based artist Billy Apple have been gifted to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s permanent collection by the artist.
The works, Monica Brewster Née Govett. Founding Donor. 22 February 2020 and From the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection, extend recent bodies of work by the artist and coincide with the Gallery’s 50 years since opening in 1970.
“These works acknowledge and celebrate two important chapters in the Govett-Brewster story. Monica Brewster Née Govett. Founding Donor. 22 February 2020 was created to mark the 50 year milestone of the patronage of Monica Brewster, whose initial gift enabled the establishment and existence of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery,” says Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre Director Dr. Zara Stanhope.
“The second work, From the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection, was created to honour the long relationship between the artist and the Gallery.
“Billy has a significant position in the Govett-Brewster Collection, most notably through his work Neon accumulation (1968) and Alterations: The Given as an Art-Political Statement (1980).
“The latter work transformed the Gallery through the widening of its internal staircase in a critical analysis of the gallery space and the spatial politics of the gallery as environment. Of all the works in Billy’s Alterations series, the Govett-Brewster has been the only gallery to permanently adopt and display the work.”
Both works were acquired through the Govett-Brewster Foundation, and displayed alongside the Foundation’s inaugural awards event and membership launch in July.
“In celebrating the relationship between the Gallery, its supporters, and its permanent collection, Billy has created a clever and fitting reflection of the Gallery in its 50th year and the role and importance of our Foundation,” Stanhope says.
“These works acknowledge and celebrate two important chapters in the Govett-Brewster story."