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Melvin Day, artist / Gregory O'Brien and Mark Hutchins-Pond with Julia Waite, Vincent O'Sullivan and Tony Mackle.

By: O'Brien, Gregory, 1961-.
Contributor(s): Hutchins-Pond, Mark [author.] | Waite, Julia [author.] | O'Sullivan, Vincent [author.] | Mackle, Tony, author | Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato [issuing body,, host institution.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Wellington, New Zealand : [Hamilton] : Victoria University Press ; Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, 2019Description: 224 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits (some colour) ; 32 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781776562923; 1776562925.Subject(s): Day, Melvin N. (Melvin Norman), 1923-2016 | Painters -- New Zealand | Painters -- New Zealand -- Exhibitions | Painting, Modern -- New Zealand | Painting, Modern -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 759.993 DAY Summary: There were many Melvin Days, but the term `Artist' encompasses all of them. During a career spanning seven decades, he produced some of the most intellectually astute, yet often visceral, paintings in New Zealand art history. Born in Hamilton in 1923, Day was a radical-but also a great believer in tradition. In recent years, his early Cubist-inclined paintings have reinstated him-alongside John Weeks, Charles Tole and Louise Henderson--as a key figure in mid-20th century New Zealand art. In London during the 1960s, he was a vital and talented figure in an ex-patriate scene which also included Ralph Hotere, Ted Bullmore, Don Peebles and John Drawbridge. By later that decade he had become the most highly-qualified art historian in New Zealand and had returned home to spend a turbulent, but creatively rich, decade as director of the National Art Gallery. It was a past he never put behind him. From the late 1970s until his death in 2016, his investigations into still life, landscape and art history continued with undiminished fervour. Melvin Day-Artist is one of the great hitherto-untold stories of New Zealand art and its history. With essays by five writers who knew and understood Day-Vincent O'Sullivan, Tony Mackle, Gregory O'Brien, Mark Hutchins-Pond and Julia Waite-this book brings to light a wide-ranging yet intensely focussed life's work.
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There were many Melvin Days, but the term `Artist' encompasses all of them. During a career spanning seven decades, he produced some of the most intellectually astute, yet often visceral, paintings in New Zealand art history. Born in Hamilton in 1923, Day was a radical-but also a great believer in tradition. In recent years, his early Cubist-inclined paintings have reinstated him-alongside John Weeks, Charles Tole and Louise Henderson--as a key figure in mid-20th century New Zealand art. In London during the 1960s, he was a vital and talented figure in an ex-patriate scene which also included Ralph Hotere, Ted Bullmore, Don Peebles and John Drawbridge. By later that decade he had become the most highly-qualified art historian in New Zealand and had returned home to spend a turbulent, but creatively rich, decade as director of the National Art Gallery. It was a past he never put behind him. From the late 1970s until his death in 2016, his investigations into still life, landscape and art history continued with undiminished fervour. Melvin Day-Artist is one of the great hitherto-untold stories of New Zealand art and its history. With essays by five writers who knew and understood Day-Vincent O'Sullivan, Tony Mackle, Gregory O'Brien, Mark Hutchins-Pond and Julia Waite-this book brings to light a wide-ranging yet intensely focussed life's work.

"This publication is co-published with Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato to coincide with their exhibition Melvin Day : A Modernist Perspective, exhibited 22 June- 6 October 2019"--Title page verso.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

There were many Melvin Days, but the term `Artist' encompasses all of them. During a career spanning seven decades, he produced some of the most intellectually astute, yet often visceral, paintings in New Zealand art history. Born in Hamilton in 1923, Day was a radical-but also a great believer in tradition. In recent years, his early Cubist-inclined paintings have reinstated him-alongside John Weeks, Charles Tole and Louise Henderson--as a key figure in mid-20th century New Zealand art. In London during the 1960s, he was a vital and talented figure in an ex-patriate scene which also included Ralph Hotere, Ted Bullmore, Don Peebles and John Drawbridge. By later that decade he had become the most highly-qualified art historian in New Zealand and had returned home to spend a turbulent, but creatively rich, decade as director of the National Art Gallery. It was a past he never put behind him. From the late 1970s until his death in 2016, his investigations into still life, landscape and art history continued with undiminished fervour. Melvin Day-Artist is one of the great hitherto-untold stories of New Zealand art and its history. With essays by five writers who knew and understood Day-Vincent O'Sullivan, Tony Mackle, Gregory O'Brien, Mark Hutchins-Pond and Julia Waite-this book brings to light a wide-ranging yet intensely focussed life's work.