Legends, Landscapes and Modernist Murals

Landscapes in Oil : A Contemporary Guide to Realistic Painting in the Classical Tradition – Ken Salaz

A practical, comprehensive guide to classical landscape painting reinterpreted for the twenty-first century... Landscapes in Oil devotes a chapter to each of the fundamental elements of landscape painting--drawing, value, color, composition, and light quality--and offers critical advice on selecting tools and materials, choosing colors, and structuring your palette for best results.  Shelved: 751.45 SAL

Gretchen Albrecht : Between Gesture and Geometry – Luke Smythe

Gretchen Albrecht CNZM is one of New Zealand’s most influential painters. Over the course of her long career, her work has continued to surprise and delight, and her paintings feature in many important collections both in New Zealand and overseas. This comprehensive survey of her much-admired work reveals a painter steeped in art history, drawing freely from a range of sources to create vivid, intellectually persuasive and deeply affecting work, and determined to push her work in new directions. With a text by leading art writer Luke Smythe, plus a preface by art curator Mary Kisler, this magnificent book both interrogates Albrecht’s work and celebrates her accomplishments.  Shelved: 709.93 ALB

Legendary Artists and the Clothes They Wore – Terry Newman

Profiles more than forty iconic artists in relationship to their sartorial choices. A compelling mix of anecdotes, portraits of the artists in their studios, art and runway imagery, and commentary by critics, designers, and the artists.  Shelved: 391.09 OFF

Te Papa holds New Zealand’s national art collection, whose origins date back to 1865 and the establishment of the then Colonial Museum (later the Dominion and then the National Museum). Built up over the years by a succession of directors and curators, the collection’s 40,000 works track New Zealand history and the art movements within it. In this generous book, Te Papa’s curators and a wide range of other expert art writers showcase the strengths of the New Zealand art collection by discussing around 270 works. From very early colonial work through to recent acquisitions, and including photography, their essays offer insights into the art, the artists and the context and issues that drove them.  Shelved: 708.993 STO

Wanted : The Search for the Modernist Murals of E. Mervyn Taylor

The detective hunt for some of this country’s most important and beautiful murals. Mervyn Taylor — wood engraver, painter, illustrator, sculptor and designer — was one of the most celebrated New Zealand artists of the 1930s to 1960s. He was highly connected to modernism and nationalism as it was expressed in the New Zealand art and literature of the period. Between 1956 and 1964 he created twelve murals for major new government and civic buildings erected in that era of great economic prosperity, during which New Zealand first began to loosen its apron-string ties to England. Tragically, some have been destroyed and others presumed lost — until now. This fascinating and beautiful book, bursting with archival material, details the detective hunt for the murals and tells the stories of their creation. They cement Taylor’s place as one of New Zealand’s most significant artists, and are a celebration of the art and culture of our modernist era.  Shelved: 759.2 TAY