Greetings from Los Angeles curated by Brian Butler

Starkwhite is pleased to present Greetings from Los Angeles, an exhibition curated by Brian Butler.

Like a postcard which arrives in the letterbox, Greetings from Los Angeles is from a place, but it does not mean the sender or thoughts are solely from that place. The contemporary art world is spoken of as a transnational and trans-cultural space, populated by nomadic figures whose influences and sphere of influence becomes enmeshed. Grounded in a relationship built when the Californian curator was director of Auckland’s Artspace gallery, the exhibition presents a slice of current practice from Butler’s home Los Angeles back to Auckland at the invitation of Starkwhite.

Los Angeles’ transformation into a world-class contemporary art city is several decades in the making. It grew organically, and in varied directions, out of a process of experimentation and the cross-pollination of different artistic practices, traditions and cultural movements. Distinguished by its patchwork of ethnic communities and Pacific location yet trans-Atlantic focus, LA is both a broker of, and catalyst for, impulses in contemporary art practice. Los Angeles is a city where everything intersects.

A slice of that dynamically cross-pollinated art scene, Greetings from Los Angeles presents the work of eight internationally practicing artists. While it is easy to conclude that having an international profile is all about exporting New Zealand work overseas, a reciprocal programme bringing influential current practice to our shores is no less vital. It is not only the ability to see a slice of the international scene and the work of significant contemporary artists which are key to feeding local practice, but also the instigating of new alliances and global networks.

Increasingly positioned and finding a new identity at the intersection of Asia-Pacific routes and artists, Starkwhite in particular, and New Zealand in general, is redefining its focus and nurturing trans-Pacific trajectories. Los Angeles is at the periphery of this network, the Eastern Pacific-Rim powerhouse of contemporary culture.

All of the artists in this exhibition have exhibited previously in New Zealand and many of them are currently in exhibitions around the world.

Diana Thater can be seen in Riotous Baroque at the Kunsthaus Zürich and was the subject of the recent one-person exhibitionChernobyl at the IMA, Brisbane. Fiona Banner’s Art Angel project A Room for London continues until the end of 2012 while her Tate Britain commission was voted the most important exhibition of 2011. Jessica Stockholder’s 2010 Reina Sofia exhibition in Madrid transformed the Palacio de Cristal del Parque del Retiro. Stockholder has just completed the largest public artwork in Chicago. Color Jam has taken over a major intersection until the end of September. Kerry Tribe’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto, Modern Art, Oxford, the Camden Arts Centre, London and Arnolfini, Bristol. Her work was first seen in Laura Preston’s exhibition moment making at ARTSPACE in 2006 and was recently at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in TRUE STORIES: SCRIPTED REALITIES. Rirkrit Tiravanija currently has a major work SOUP/NO SOUPat the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Ann Veronica Janssens is currently in the 18th Biennale of Sydney. In 2011, Uta Barth completed a new commission for The Chicago Art Institute, which has lead to two new bodies of work and a recently released book. Jorge Méndez Blake currently has a seminal work at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris/ ARC in Resisting the Present and was included in the 2011 exhibition 21st Century at GOMA, Brisbane with Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Located in New Zealand on Auckland’s Karangahape Road, Starkwhite presents a programme of artists’ projects, solo shows by represented and invited artists, independently curated exhibitions and occasional forays into new music and other interdisciplinary practices.

Please contact the gallery for further information and images.





Layla Rudneva-Mckay | I Roll

15 February 2022 - 19 March 2022

Fiona Pardington | Tarota

16 November – 18 December 2021

Fiona Pardington | Tarota Preview

5 October – 7 October 2021

Jan van der Ploeg | The Other Window

17 August – 12 October 2021

Laith McGregor | Second Wind

3 July 2021 – 7 August 2021

Richard Maloy | Maternal Routine

3 June - 19 June 2021

The Auckland Art Fair 2021

24.02 - 28.02

Will Cooke | Every Wall Is A Door

15 January 2021 - 13 February 2021

Whitney Bedford - Bohemia

Seung Yul Oh: Horizontal Loop

John Reynolds: RocksInTheSky...

For Pink Pussycat Club | as part of THE BILL

Fiona Pardington | Childish Things

Seung Yul Oh memmem

Rebecca Baumann Once More With Feeling


The Armory Show 2010 | 1001 Nights
an installation by John Reynolds

Art LA Contemporary 2010

ShContemporary 2008 | Gavin Hipkins, Hye Rim Lee, Jae Hoon Lee and Grant Stevens

Jonny Niesche | Poikilos | 17 November - 22 December



Performative Geographies

Sampler 2020

Gordon Walters: From the Archive

Richard Maloy

Rebecca Baumann: New Work

Jan van der Ploeg | The Other Window | 17 August to 12 October

the artists in conversation, The Estate of L. Budd et al.

Art of Wine

Billy Apple® and Tāme Iti: Flagged

Clinton Watkins

Yuk King Tan

Sampler 2019

TIKI: Orphans of Māoriland



Ani O'Neill

Laith McGregor | Second Wind | July 3 - August 7

Alicia Frankovich

Martin Basher: Untitled

The Estate of L.Budd_et al.

Gavin Hipkins: Block Units

John Stezaker: Collages

Grant Stevens - The Mountain and the Waterfalls

Gordon Walters



Len Lye: Love Springs Eternal

Richard Maloy | Things I have Seen

Michael Zavros | The Silver Fox

Martin Basher | Devil at the Gates of Heaven

Daniel von Sturmer, Luminous Figures

Martin Basher | Hawaiian Tropic

Nabokov's Blues: The Charmed Circle

John Reynolds 2017

BIll Henson | 1985 -2021 | 21 May - 19 June

On the Grounds

Billy Apple

Beyond Landscape

John Reynolds | WalkWithMe...

Laith McGregor | Swallow the Sun

Matt Henry | Analogues

Daniel Crooks | Vanishing Point

Material Candour 2016

Fiona Pardington | 100% Unicorn

Layla Rudneva-Mackay: Running Towards Water

Martin Basher Birds of Paradise | 13 April - 14 May

Clinton Watkins | lowercase

Whitney Bedford 2016 | Lost and Found

Alicia Frankovich | The Female has Undergone Several Manifestations

Fiona Pardington | The Popular Recreator

Gavin Hipkins | Block Paintings

Gordon Walters: Gouaches and a Painting from the 1950s

In Motion

Laith McGregor | Somewhere Anywhere

Starkwhite Queenstown | New Location

TOTEM | A Starkwhite exhibition curated by Mary Morrison

Group Show

Martin Basher | Jizzy Velvet

John Reynolds BLUTOPIA

Gavin Hipkins Erewhon

Grant Stevens Hold Together, Fall Apart

Michael Zavros Bad Dad

Not Another Art Fair | 24 February -3 April


Layla Rudneva-Mackay


Glen Hayward I don't want you to worry about me

Matt Henry High Fidelity

Richard Maloy All the things I did by Richard Maloy

Li Xiaofei

John Reynolds Vagabondage

Clinton Watkins Frequency Colour

BAZINGA! curated by Robert Leonard

Starkwhite Queenstown 29 January - 26 February

Whitney Bedford: This for That

Jin Jiangbo: Rules of Nature

Martin Basher

Billy Apple®: $9,020 AND $5,750 TOP UPS

Jim Speers Long Days

Ross Manning: Field Emmissions

Peter Peryer Edition

Jae Hoon Lee Antarctic Fever

Greetings from Los Angeles curated by Brian Butler

Seung Yul Oh HUGGONG