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Fiona Pardington to release an NFT, Manawarahi: Female and Male Huia Lovers MTG Hawkes Bay 2022. ,

Fiona Pardington to release an NFT, Manawarahi: Female and Male Huia Lovers MTG Hawkes Bay 2022. ,

Starkwhite will partner with Glorious to release an exclusive Fiona Pardington NFT, Manawarahi: Female and Male Huia Lovers MTG Hawkes Bay 2022.

The release goes live on the Glorious platform at 6.00pm NZT on 1 July. 

Manawarahi takes advantage of the flexible potential of NFTs to evolve and respond. The work is a diptych divided over time. Collectors who purchase Manawarahi will receive the first part, the huia pair, and at a later date, the second part, which will remain a closely guarded secret until release.

“I find the whole concept very intriguing,” Fiona says. “My photography is basically digital but taken through analogue lenses, so I like the idea of combining the tradition of still life with cutting edge technology. I also like that many people find things like blockchains and NFTs quite mysterious and a little bit magical. I like having that mystery feed back into my work. I’m really enjoying the way it lets me incorporate the element of surprise. Normally with photography what you see is what you get, but this playing with time and expectation is fun. Like any investment there’s an element of risk and I feel like I’m making that literal with the promise of the unknown in this work.”

Priced at NZ$2,000 inc. gst and in an edition of 100, there’s an expectation that the work will sell out quickly, and then be actively traded, especially as the release date of the second work approaches. Given that an NFT’s contract can attribute a percentage of resales back to the artist,  Pardington is donating all proceeds from resales to Wingspan, hopefully providing ongoing funding for their important work. Wingspan is a Rotorua-based charitable trust, which leads the conservation, education and research effort for Aotearoa’s birds of prey. https://www.wingspan.co.nz/

Starkwhite at Sydney Contemporary 8 – 11 September 2022
Gerold Miller TO 25, 2020
Lacquered aluminum, 36.50 x 36.50 x 2.50 cm

Starkwhite at Sydney Contemporary 8 – 11 September 2022

Starkwhite will present a joint booth with Melbourne based 1301SW at Sydney Contemporary 8-11 September 2022. The presentation will feature key works from gallery artists including Billy Apple, Petra Cortright, Mikala Dwyer, Ann Veronica Janssens, Gerold Miller, Fiona Pardington and others. 

Image. Gerold Miller, TO 25, 2020, lacquered aluminium, 36.5 x 36.5cm

Gallery Assistant Position at Starkwhite

Gallery Assistant Position at Starkwhite

Applications close Friday 13 May

John Reynolds ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, The Wallace Arts Centre, 10 March – 12 June 2022

John Reynolds ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, The Wallace Arts Centre, 10 March – 12 June 2022

With this new project John Reynolds mixes rainwater with acrylics, gallows humour with dead seriousness, and ponders the seemingly simple question, ‘are we there yet?’ Slogans and provocations quoting activists, notably Greta Thunberg, spill across a wordy array of paintings and placard installations. A major solo show, Smoke & Mirrors claims that creativity is activism, and has a vital role regarding catastrophic climate change.

Martin Basher, ‘Suddenly Still Life’ in Sculpture on the Gulf, 4 – 27 March, 2022.

Martin Basher, ‘Suddenly Still Life’ in Sculpture on the Gulf, 4 – 27 March, 2022.

A witness to the pandemic at its most harrowing, when it first swept through New York City in the winter of 2020…Suddenly Still Life is the outcome of this experience, building on the artist’s exploration of the floral still-life. The botanical forms that have proven a well-spring of motifs, associations and compositional elements for Basher’s painting practice are approached through the rubric of three-dimensional space…Like his paintings, these bouquets are angular and sparse. The sculptures are water-jet cut and designed in low-relief so that they almost disappear when approached from the side.

Alicia Frankovich’s ‘AQI2020’ at MONA FOMA, Hobart, 27-30 January 2022
Alicia Frankovich, AQI2020, 2020
Live performance, acrylic and steel box, inflatable boat, hazer, chairs, chilly bins, blankets and assorted items
Performers: Faasu Afoa-purcell, Christina Houghton, Xin Ji, Rana Hamida, Kristian Larsen, Yin-Chi Lee, Olivia McGregor, Janaína Moraes, Adam Naughton, Sophie Sutherland, Briar Wilson.
Assistant Choreographer: Zahra Killeen-Chance. Curator: Natasha Conland. Sound composition: Igor Kłaczyński.
commissioned by the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, supported by the Contemporary Benefactors of Auckland Art Gallery

Alicia Frankovich’s ‘AQI2020’ at MONA FOMA, Hobart, 27-30 January 2022

Starkwhite at Sydney Contemporary's online art fair
Seung Yul Oh, Pou sto, 2020, resin and two-pot automotive paint, 60cm (h)

Starkwhite at Sydney Contemporary's online art fair

Starkwhite is delighted to participate in Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020, an online edition of Sydney’s annual international art fair, with works by Martin Basher, Whitney Bedford and Seung Yul Oh. The fair runs from 1 – 31 October, 2020.

Billy Apple: A Brand Looking for a Product

Billy Apple: A Brand Looking for a Product

The exhibition Billy Apple. A Brand Looking for a Product 1962-2020 opens at the Hawkes Bay Art Gallery & Museum on Friday evening 25 September and runs to 21 March 2021.

Seung Yul Oh at Yavuz Gallery, Sydney

Seung Yul Oh at Yavuz Gallery, Sydney

Seung Yul Oh is showing a new suite of paintings in the exhibition FIRST LIGHT at Yavuz Gallery Sydney. Presented in partnership with Starkwhite, the exhibition, has been developed in response to the cancellation of this year's edition of Sydney Contemporary and the possibility that Australian galleries (and their artists) will not be able to travel to Auckland for the 2021 edition of the Auckland Art Fair. FIRST LIGHT follows the recent exhibition Fugitive Being at at Yavuz, which featured works by Fiona Pardington, and the next collaborative show will be presented at Starkwhite in 2021 (watch this space for updates).  Image: installation view of (left to right) Lean_Clap_02, Lean_Lift_02, Lean_Hold_02, , 2020, acrylic on canvas 300 x 250 mm each; Lean_Lift_03, 500 x 400 mm, Lean_Float_02, 300 x 200 mm

Alicia Frankovich publication

Alicia Frankovich publication

Editor Eva Birkenstock has announced the release of ALCIA FRANKOVICH – OUTSIDE BEFORE BEYOND, published by Buchhandlung Walther Koenig and produced by Kunstverein Fur die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, with the assistance of Creative New Zealand, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) and Starkwhite.
Clinton Watkins at ARS Electronica

Clinton Watkins at ARS Electronica

Clinton Watkins is in the lineup for ARS Electronic, the Festival for Art, Technology & Society, Newcastle, which runs from 9-13 September 2020.

Love and pop in London, 1962

Love and pop in London, 1962


Anthony Byrt's new book THE MIRROR STEAMED OVER tells the story of three young artists in sixties London who reshaped contemporary art and literature. The three groundbreakers in the story are Barrie Bates (who would become Billy Apple), David Hockney and Ann Quin. The book is published by Auckland University Press.

Coming Up: Performative Geographies

Coming Up: Performative Geographies


Our next exhibition, Performative Geographies, brings together work by Shanghai-based artist Jin Jiangbo and Auckland-based artist John Reynolds. The exhibition is scheduled to Open on Saturday 11 July, subject to our Shanghai consignment arriving on time. Read more…
Image: Jin Jiangbo, The Boundless Universe, 2019, in and wash on gold foil, 600 x 600 mm framed

Reynolds alongside McCahon at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Reynolds alongside McCahon at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery


Two new large-scale canvases by John Reynolds are showing at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery alongside the exhibition a land of graphite: McCahon and Otago.
Image: John Reynolds: The View from the Top of a Cliff, 2019, metallic paint maker on acrylic on linen, 2150 x 5835 mm

A never-been-seen-before installation of Len Lye's work

A never-been-seen-before installation of Len Lye's work


Len Lye's Sky Snake installation of seven swirling sky snakes is showing at the Len Lye Centre to 15 November.
Image: Len Lye, Sky Snakes (detail), courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation collection

Layla Rudneva-Mackay: ACC bcc Bananas

Layla Rudneva-Mackay: ACC bcc Bananas


Layla Rundeva-Mackay's exhibition ACC bcc Bananas runs from 9 June to 4 July 20202. Read more…
Image: Layla Rudneva-Mackay, Glazed Bunch, 2018, oil on canvas, 1000 x 1200 mm

Len Lye's films at the  Len Lye Centre

Len Lye's films at the Len Lye Centre


The Len Lye Centre is showing The Absolute Truth of the Happiness Acid, the largest ever showing of Len Lye's films. The presentation runs to 1 November 2020.
Image: Len Lye, Rainbow Dance, 1936, courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation and the British Museum and Archive. From material preserved and made available by Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Fiona Pardington in Masterpieces from Oceania

Fiona Pardington in Masterpieces from Oceania


Fiona Pardington is represented by three photographs from her series The Pressure of Sunlight Falling in the exhibition A Sea of Islands – Masterpieces from Oceania at the Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden.
Image: Yuk King Tan, Crisis of the Ordinary (2019), Starkwhite, installations detail

COVID-19 update

COVID-19 update


Starkwhite is closed until further notice, but we can be contacted by email at contact@starkwhite.co.nz and we will be using our website and social media platforms to deliver on-line programmes, images of new work by the artists we represent, and writing about their work. Please watch our website for further updates. In the meantime stay safe and let's do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve of infection.

Starkwhite project selected for Encounters, ABHK

Starkwhite project selected for Encounters, ABHK


Yuk King Tan's Crisis of the Ordinary has been selected for the Encounters section of Art Basel Hong Kong (2020) curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor. We will present an expanded version of the 42-piece work the artist first exhibited at Starkwhite in 2019, this time as a floor-based installation with the bound objects displayed on repurposed metal shelves like the ones traditionally used by Hong Kong's embroidery shops
Image: Yuk King Tan, Crisis of the Ordinary (2019), Starkwhite, installations detail

Starkwhite at Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2020

Starkwhite at Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2020


Starkwhite will present works by Rebecca Baumann Jonny Niesche and Gemma Smith at Art Los Angeles Contemporary from 13 – 16 February 2020. This year the fair returns to Hollywood and will take place in the Hollywood Athletic Club. Read more…
Image: Jonny Niesche,Mutual Vibration (finding a home in the body) 2019, Voile, MDF, wood, acrylic, mirror, 1100 x 850 x 60 mm

Fiona Pardington opens at the Christchurch Art Gallery

Fiona Pardington opens at the Christchurch Art Gallery


Fiona Pardington's exhibition TIKI: Orphans of Maoriland opens at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu on 31 January and runs to 21 August 2020. Read more…
Image: Fiona Pardington, A60927, 2019, Pigment inks on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag. With thanks to Wellcome Collection | Science Museums Group.

Rebecca Baumann installation at Carriageworks

Rebecca Baumann installation at Carriageworks


Rebecca Baumann's site-specific installation, Radiant Flux, runs at Carriageworks in Sydney from 8 January – 14 June 2020. Read more…
Image: Rebecca Baumann, Radiant Flux, 2020, installation view, Carriageworks

Billy Apple in Shanghai

Billy Apple in Shanghai


Billy Apple in Shanghai at the launch of his work Gung Ho; Work Together, which has been installed at the former residence of Rewi Alley. Apple's new work was made during a VUE international residency supported by Shanghai CREATER.CO to raise funds for the Shandan Bailie School
founded by Rewi Alley and George Hogg in 1944.

Len Lye at Museum Tinguely, Switzerland

Len Lye at Museum Tinguely, Switzerland

The Museum Tingly in Basel is presenting the most comprehensive survey of Len Lye's work ever staged in Europe. Len Lye – Motion Composer runs from 23 October 2019 – 28 January 2020. Read more…

TIKI: Orphans of Maoriland

TIKI: Orphans of Maoriland


Fiona Pardington's exhibition TIKI: Orphans of Maoriland will be shown at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu in the New Year – dates yet to be announced.

Image: Fiona Pardington, 220848, 2019, pigment inks on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag
Starkwhite at Art Basel Hong Kong 2020

Starkwhite at Art Basel Hong Kong 2020

We will present a solo exhibition by Fiona Pardington at the 2020 edition of Art Basel Hong. Our exhibition is one of thirty thematic focussed projects selected for this prestigious section of the fair, which comprises solo and paired presentations by both established and emerging artists. ABHK runs from 17-21 March 2020, including preview days.

Image: Fiona Pardington, AOO1171, 2019, pigment inks on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag.

Gavin Hipkins film screening in New York

Gavin Hipkins film screening in New York


Gavin Hipkins' new film A More Human World, 2019 screens at Anthology Film Archives, New York on 2 October 2019 as part of the Filmmakers programme.

Image: Still fro A More Human World, supported by the Atomium and SOFAM, Belgium (copyright 2019)
Laith McGregor: Ambling & Rambling

Laith McGregor: Ambling & Rambling

Laith McGregor's exhibition Ambling & Rambling runs at the Australian Print Workshop to 26 October 2019. Read more…
Image: Laith McGregor, Eyes, 2018, lithograph
Coming up at Starkwhite

Coming up at Starkwhite


Our next exhibition is Flagged, a project by Billy Apple® and Tāme Iti, which runs from 8 -12 October 2019. Both artists will attend a function at the gallery on Thursday 10 October from 5.30pm.
Read more…

Image: Detail of the New Zealand flag that Tāme Iti melted out justice to at Waitangi in 2006
Richard Maloy opens in Russia

Richard Maloy opens in Russia


Richard Maloy's solo exhibition Found in Translation has opened at Artetage Museum of Modern Art in Russia. The exhibition is an outcome of his Martin Tate/Wallace artists resident in Vladivostok.

Image: Richard Maloy, Forms (detail) 31 August 2019, clay, dimensions variable.
Billy Apple in Rarotonga

Billy Apple in Rarotonga

Billy Apple in Rarotonga opens at the Bergman Gallery on 27 August 2019. Presented by Bergman Gallery in association with Starkwhite, it stages works from two of Apple's signature series – From the (Name) Collection and Billy Apple Friezes.

Image: Billy Apple: Frieze (green apple on white) 2019, pigment inks on canvas, 400 x 260
Alicia Frankovich – Kaldor Art Projects

Alicia Frankovich – Kaldor Art Projects

John Kaldor has commissioned a new performance by Alicia Frankovich as part of the exhibition Making Art Public: 50 Years of Kaldor Art Projects at the Art Gallery of New South Wales that runs from 7 September 2019 – 16 February 2020. Titled The Work, Frankovich's performance is scheduled for 14 and 28 September at 1pm. Read more… 
John Reynolds in China

John Reynolds in China

John Reynolds is showing in the exhibition Supreme Metaphysics Spirit at the Epoch Art Museum in Wenzhou, China, coordinated by the Shanghai-based agency Monumental Culture.

Image: John Reynolds, FrenchBayDarkly…/Woolloomooloo, 2018, oil paint marker on acrylic on canvas, 4800 x 1800 mm
Billy Apple at the Govett-Brewster Art Galley

Billy Apple at the Govett-Brewster Art Galley


The Govett-BresterArt Gallery's exhibition Yuichiro Tamura: Milky Mountain includes work by Billy Apple from his Alterations, reflecting Tamura's interest in the contexts within which his work is exhibited. Read more…

The (controversial) intersection of Maori art and modernism in New Zealand

The (controversial) intersection of Maori art and modernism in New Zealand

Gordon Walters features alongside other major figures (Rita Angus, Paratene Matchitt, Arnold Manaaki Wilson and Ans Westra amongst others) in the controversial exhibition Split Level View Finder: Theo Schoon and New Zealand Art at the City Gallery Wellington. The exhibition presents Schoon's work as constantly in dialogue or dispute with other cultural forms and artists. Read more…
Image: Gordon Walters, Untitled, 1945, acrylic on board, collection of the Walters Estate

Gordon Walters: New Vision

Gordon Walters: New Vision

The survey exhibition Gordon Walters: New Vision ends its national tour at Te Papa Tongarewa The Museum of New Zealand. The exhibition closes on 13 October 2019. 
Image: Gordon Walters
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