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Colin McCahon in Nelson 1938-1948 The Breakthrough years

Tickets: $10-$15 Pay at Event

Time/Date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019 from 18:00-20:30

Location: The Suter Art Gallery (208 Bridge Street, Nelson, 7010)

Leading McCahon scholar, writer and curator Dr Peter Simpson presents an illustrated lecture to launch his recent publication here in Nelson, Colin McCahon: There is Only One Direction Volume One (1915-1959).

Tickets available at The Suter front desk.
$10 Friends of The Suter, members of NSAS
$15 general public
Bar open at 5.30, lecture begins at 6pm.

Volume One in an extraordinary two-volume work chronicling forty-five years of painting by our most important artist, Colin McCahon that chronicles the evolution of the artist’s work over his entire forty-five-year career.

Colin McCahon (1919–1987) was New Zealand’s greatest twentieth-century artist. Through landscapes, biblical paintings and abstraction, the introduction of words and Maori motifs, McCahon’s work came to define a distinctly New Zealand modernist idiom. Collected and exhibited extensively in Australasia and Europe, McCahon’s work has not been assessed as a whole for thirty-five years.

In this richly illustrated two-volume work, written in an accessible style and published to coincide with the centenary of Colin McCahon’s birth.

Simpson has enjoyed unprecedented access to McCahon’s extensive correspondence with friends, family, dealers, patrons and others. This material enables us to begin to understand McCahon’s work as the artist himself conceived it. Each volume includes over three-hundred illustrations in colour, with a generous selection of reproductions of McCahon’s work (many never previously published), plus photographs, catalogue covers, facsimiles and other illustrative material. This will be the definitive work on New Zealand’s leading artist for many years to come.

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