22 November 2014 - 1 March 2015
HOTERE CULBERT is a unique opportunity to see the major installations and collective vision of two of New Zealand’s most highly acclaimed and recognised artists of the late twentieth century in a single presentation.
This major survey exhibition focuses on the artists’ exceptional collaborative relationship, which saw them producing a series of awe inspiring and provocative installations. The alliance between Ralph Hotere and Bill Culbert is recognised as one of this country’s most important and imaginative artistic partnerships, and one which existed for more than two decades.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery Director, Cam McCracken commented ”As individual artists, both Ralph Hotere and Bill Culbert have made extraordinary contributions to the arts in New Zealand, due, in part, to their captivating ability to take the most humble of everyday materials and transform them into transfixing and poetic forms.
The exhibition HOTERE CULBERT brings together the largest ever gathering of works from this artistic partnership, including the seminal works P.R.O.P. and Blackwater.”
This is both a timely and necessary exhibition - Hotere passed away in February, 2013 and Culbert was New Zealand’s selected artist at the 2013 Venice Biennale - and it reflects the major contribution that these artists have made to the national and international art world.
“After Bill’s highly successful international presentation, Front Door Out Back at the Venice Biennale, this exhibition underscores both his deep connection with New Zealand and the extraordinary partnership between these two great artists,” says the Chair of the Arts Council of Creative New Zealand, Dick Grant.
Waikato Museum is the only other New Zealand venue to show HOTERE CULBERT.
Image: Whale/Bone 1997, Bill Culbert Ralph Hotere, paint, wood and fluorescent tubes. Courtesy Bill Culbert, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland and the Hotere Foundation Trust
Toured by Dunedin Public Art Gallery.