12 August – 28 September 2016
Image courtesy of artsdiary.co.nz
Currently on display at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery is a selection of Roy Good’s collection of abstract paintings & sculptures.
This exhibition, titled Designing Abstraction, continues Te Uru’s series of exhibitions known as the Collection Classics, which aims to display timeless works from important collections around the country. This series offers visitors the opportunity to experience first-hand works of major renown and art-historical significance, but seldom seen outside of their respective collection premises.
Good’s collection includes prints, painting, pottery, sculpture and posters by Gordon Walters, Gretchen Albrecht, Barry Cleavin, Theo Schoon, Josef Albers, Marte Szirmay, Ron Left, John Panting, John Parker, Patricia Perrin, Warren Tippet, Michael Kitson and Victor Vasarely. Among these is a community of local abstract painters, including Gretchen Albrecht, Mervyn Williams and Geoff Thornley, who at one stage lived next door to Good. Many of these artists, along with Walters and Schoon, were also part of the Petar/James Gallery, which represented some of New Zealand’s most important pioneers of abstraction in the 1970s.