Feet of Clay
      24 March – 29 April 2018

If you're pakeha, the idea of ‘classicism’ permeates throughout the entire history of western art. It’s troublesome though. And this fascinating show explores both its historical narrative – it’s not really a philosophy, a defined story, or a ‘movement’ at all – and its relevance to contemporary art. 

 
 
 Abdul Abdullah 'The Bringer of Light' 2017 (Detail).  © Abdul Abdullah. Courtesy of Lisa Fehily Contemporary Art.  

Abdul Abdullah
'The Bringer of Light' 2017 (Detail).

© Abdul Abdullah. Courtesy of Lisa Fehily Contemporary Art.
 

 

So what is it about classicism that’s so appealing to artists – either to celebrate and explore, or shoot down as the root of all (western) evils? Brought to life in a brilliant essay by Andrew Paul Wood, Feet of Clay tries to answer that very question. Combining pottery and painting, this show is the second curated by Scott Lawrie, Director of the Vivian. 

 

From Salvator Rosa (1615-73) and Bronwynne Cornish, to Abdul Abdullah and Paul Maseyk (and including some outstanding private work by Anthony Morris offered for public sale for the first time) this promises to be a ripper of a show – don’t miss it.


The Vivian is also pleased to announce that this show features the work of one of Australia's most outstanding contemporary artists,  Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, in conjunction with Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne and the Estate of Sally Gabori. These monumental paintings will be shown across both Feet of Clay, and the upcoming Never an Answer - an all women show. A terrific honour for both The Vivian, and New Zealand.

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Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori
Thundi, 2010
Synthetic polymer paint on linen. 1960mm x 1510.


Courtesy of the Estate of Sally Gabori and Alcaston Gallery, Australia in conjunction with The Vivian, New Zealand.  (AK16660)

Image © The Estate of Sally Gabori