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John Craxton: A Modern Odyssey review – the wandering painter who blossomed in the light

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Source: The Guardian

John Craxton liked to paint goats, an animal he vaguely resembled. Picture one, its hooves balanced precariously on a Mediterranean hillside, surviving on next to nothing, but utterly free to roam: this was Craxton, who left postwar Britain for Greece, where he lived in perfect contentment on little more than sunshine and sea urchins. Light was what he craved, and the rest, somehow, would always take care of itself. Only rarely did he trouble to sell his work; when it came to materials, he used whatever was near at hand. Five Goats (1959), in which the exuberant beasts in question might almost be cartwheeling in the Cretan dust, was painted in tempera with additional help from some Polyfilla, bought originally to plug the holes in the walls of his ancient home.

Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2023/nov/05/john-craxton-a-modern-odyssey-pallant-house-chichester-review-the-wandering-painter-who-blossomed-in-the-light

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Tohu a Te Kīngi 2024: Art curator Megan Tamati-Quennell

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Source: TE AO Maori News

Over 30 years of translating a passion for modern and contemporary Māori art into prose and exhibitions has led to curator and writer Megan Tamati-Quennell (Te Ātiawa, Ngāi Tahu and Kāti Māmoe) being recognised in today’s King’s Birthday Honours.She has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and First Nations art.

Tamati-Quennell has held curatorial roles at Te Papa Tongarewa and New Plymouth’s Govett Brewster Art Gallery, and has a special interest in contemporary Māori art, Māori modernism, Māori women artists and global indigenous art.

Read more: https://www.teaonews.co.nz/2024/06/03/tohu-a-te-kingi-2024-art-curator-megan-tamati-quennell/

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Te Papa Museum modern art curator to talk Rita Angus in Central Taranaki

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Source: The New Zealand Herald

Te Papa Museum’s modern art curator Lizzie Bisley is coming to Central Taranaki.

Bisley, the curator of the national touringRita Angus: New Zealand Modernistexhibition, will give a curator talk at Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford next month.

Bisley’s curator talk is part of the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust Winterfest programme, a 10-day festival featuring live performances, talks and activities.

During the session, she will discuss the life and art of Rita Angus.

Read more: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/stratford-press/news/te-papa-museum-modern-art-curator-to-talk-rita-angus-in-central-taranaki/3Z5B2NHXVJEWHKP4ADCVHVHOOU/

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Native American groups allege Met Museum’s curator is ‘Pretendian’

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Source: New York post

Native American campaigners are raising questions about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s first ever curator of Native American art — claiming that she does not belong to a federally recognized tribe in the US, The Post has learned.

Patricia Marroquin Norby was hired with great fanfare in 2020, after what the museum said was “a long and competitive search,” as its “inaugural Associate Curator of Native American Art” in its American Wing.

For years, Marroquin Norby, 53, described herself — including in legal filings — as “Apache,” “Eastern Apache” and “Nde” as well as “Purepacha/Tarascan,” an indigenous group from the northwestern part of Michoacan, Mexico.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2024/05/28/us-news/native-american-groups-allege-met-museum-curator-is-pretendian/

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