Diana Arbus wrote ‘I can only understand the world if I photograph it’, and this certainly seems to have held true for the renowned photographer Marti Friedlander. London born, Friedlander arrived in New Zealand in 1958 when she began what is a lifelong project – capturing the faces, places and events that have shaped this country’s recent history.
Throughout her inspiring career Marti Friedlander’s photographs have offered great insight into the way New Zealand has established a more complex and compelling identity over multiple generations. She has been instrumental in independently documenting the changing nature of contemporary post war New Zealand through the protest and woman’s movements – the ever-changing roles of men and women and that of Maori and Pacific Societies.
Still Light: The Photography of Marti Friedlander is a selection of images that hold a very strong mirror as to who we are and how we have come to be.
For over four decades, Richard McWhannell has produced compelling imagery of both observed realities and imaginative scenes, with much overlap in-between. While widely known as an accomplished portrait painter, In My Own Time reveals the breadth of an intriguing career. It includes cryptic allegory, striking portraiture, mystical landscape representations and diverse ‘self-portraiture’ spanning the 1970s to the present. His paintings and sculptures are variously irreverent, grotesque, mournful, contemplative, puckish, ambiguous, and absurdist. Sir James Wallace was one of the first major collectors to appreciate these qualities, and he subsequently embarked on a long association with the artist from the early 1980s onwards.
This exhibition is presented as part of Auckland Arts Festival
Celebrate our February 2016 exhibition opening at the Pah Homestead. Visitors will be able to enjoy two new exhibitions.
James Ross: Constructing Paintings
James Ross: Constructing Paintings is an exhibition spanning a 30 year period of one of New Zealand’s most important contemporary painters.
Madeleine Slavick: 香 HONG 港 KONG 嗓 SONG
In this exhibition, Madeleine Slavick presents the poetry, poverty, and generosity of Hong Kong.
We're not far from Auckland Airport
The Arts Centre is located just over 10kms from Auckland Airport. If you have time to spare at the end of your visit, or you’ve got time between flights, there’s no need to spend it in your hotel room or an airport lounge, visit the stunning Pah Homestead - relax, indulge in the cafe and feast your eyes on ten rooms full of New Zealand contemporary art.