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What to check out this Auckland Art Fair

The Auckland Art Fair opens this week (May 23-27, The Cloud, Auckland), and with more than 180 artists on show, artist talks, an Art Party, pop-up bars and eateries, the week is far more than just art, it’s a cultural hub that will come alive for five days. 

Hero image: Taro Shinoda “Painting #8”, 2016, Acrylic, urethane, aluminium, courtesy of the artist and MISA SHIN GALLERY

Andy Leleisi’uao, Alofa Village on UFO Island (Triptych), 2017, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist and Bergman Gallery

The Auckland Art Fair opens this week (May 23-27, The Cloud, Auckland), and with more than 180 artists on show, artist talks, an Art Party, pop-up bars and eateries, the week is far more than just art, it’s a cultural hub that will come alive for five days. 

Here are our top picks of the good stuff happening at the Auckland Art Fair 

Taro Shinoda brings you closer to the moon

Taro Shinoda’s fascination with the universe is bringing New Zealand audiences closer to the moon. Considered to be one of the must-see artists at this year’s Auckland Art Fair, Shinoda will be showing a selection of drawings and paintings with Misa Shin gallery from Tokyo. The  public will also have the opportunity to see his work courtesy of McCahon House at the Corbans Estate where he will be showing his spectacular screening and live musical performance: Lunar Reflection Transmission Technique. Filmed over a 10-year period, Shinoda has captured the cityscapes and the full moons of 12 cities around the world. His final destination saw him capture the super-moon that lit up the skies of Auckland last December. For more information see here

The Deadly Ponies printed scarf installation, Silks 18’

Project

Projects 2018 pushes boundaries like never before with 18 emerging and established artists both known and anonymous, showing art works inside and around The Cloud, like Jade Parkes’ DIY caravan outside the harbour end. Projects also sees a number of commissioned pieces being created for the Fair, including a much-anticipated piece by Elam Graduate Hannah Valentine commissioned by Deadly Ponies. Also check out the Deadly Ponies printed scarf installation, Silks 18’ on the mezzanine floor Piki Mai: Up Here^^ created in association with Deadly Ponies creative director Liam Bowden, spatial designer Katie Lockhart and students from Deb Smith’s Cloud Workshop students to create special artworks which will become an integral component of the scarf installation.

Says Bowden, “We thought what better way to work with truly emerging artists which are children,” says Bowden. “All the masks are created by Cloud Workshop which is a creative group of kids who have all lost a loved one and come together to celebrate through craft and art. The masks represent strength and the courageous people they wanted to be when they needed strength, and Katie Lockhart has worked on the mannequins to display them.”

New art

Acclaimed artists including Simon Denny, Jess Johnson, Andy Leleisi’uao, Shane Cotton and Dale Frank will all show pieces at The Fair that have never been seen before. We’re especially excited to see Andy Leleisi’uao’s work which talks about how, we, as human beings, relate to each other.

Editions

Ngatahi Editions and Publications is a collaboration between nine leading non-profit galleries across Auckland. At the Ngatahi Editions and Publications stand, you’ll find pieces from important NZ artists sitting alongside the up and coming, with art ranging in price from $100 – $2000. The organisations involved are; Artspace, Corbans Estate Arts Centre, McCahon House, Malcom Smith Gallery, Objectspace, ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT, Te Tuhi, and Te Uru.

Soapbox symposium with John Reynolds

Ever wanted to ask the artist – or to hear what they think? This is your chance! Renowned artist John Reynolds invites Fair visitors to come and chat, one-on-one for “conjecture, idle talk and maybe an earful on any topic of your choice.” John will be ready and waiting between 1pm-5pm each day of the fair, and also at the Art Party on Friday evening. BYO your Think Drink (aka coffee by Coffee Supreme) and witty banter. 


For more visit artfair.co.nz

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