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The hanging sky / Shane Cotton ; [text by] Justin Paton with Eliot Weinberger, Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow and Robert Leonard.

By: Cotton, Shane.
Contributor(s): Paton, Justin | Weinberger, Eliot | Barlow, Geraldine | Leonard, Robert | Christchurch Art Gallery | City Gallery Wellington.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Christchurch, N.Z. : Christchurch Art Galley Te Puna o Waiwhetu, 2013Description: 192 pages : color illustrations ; 40 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781877375255 (hbk.).Other title: Shane Cotton, the hanging sky.Subject(s): Cotton, Shane -- Exhibitions | Cotton, Shane -- Criticism and interpretation | Painting, New Zealand -- 20th century -- Exhibitions | Painters -- New Zealand -- Exhibitions | Birds in art -- Exhibitions | Art, Maori -- Exhibitions | Whakaaturanga toi ataata | Painters -- New Zealand -- BiographyDDC classification: 759.993
Contents:
The ghosts of birds / Eliot Weinberger -- Finding space : six encounters with Shane Cotton / Justin Paton -- Ever in between / Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow -- The treachery of images / Robert Leonard -- Plates.
Summary: "Since the early 1990s Shane Cotton (Ngti Rangi, Ngati Hine, Te Uri Taniwha) has been one of New Zealand's most acclaimed painters of landscape and memory. In the mid-2000s, however, his work headed in an unexpected direction- skywards. Employing a sombre new blue-black palette, Cotton painted the first in a major series of skyscapes - vast, nocturnal spaces where birds speed and plummet. Since then the series has become increasingly complex and ambitious, incorporating ragged red skywriting as well as ghostly 'marked heads'. Combining major recent paintings with a spectacular body of new work, The Hanging Sky showcases Cotton's faith in painting as a space of possibility and provocation - a place of leaps, freefalls and charged collisions between images"-- Christchurchartgallery.org.nz. website (viewed 28/062013)
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Hardback, clothbound, foil stamp on cover, blue gilt page-edges. For two decades Shane Cotton (ONZM, Ngapuhi) has been one of New Zealand's most acclaimed painters. His works of the 1990s played a pivotal part in that decade's debates about place, belonging and bicultural identity. In the mid 2000s, however, Cotton headed in a spectacular and unexpected new direction: skywards. Employing a sombre new palette of blue and black, he painted the first in what would become a major series of skyscapes-vast, nocturnal spaces where birds speed and plummet. The Hanging Sky brings together highlights from this period with four distinctive new responses. New York essayist Eliot Weinberger offers a poetic meditation on what he calls 'the ghosts of birds' in Cotton's paintings. Christchurch Art Gallery senior curator Justin Paton plots his own encounters with Cotton across six years in which the artist was constantly 'finding space'. Melbourne-based curator Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow confronts the haunting role of Toi moko-tattooed Maori heads-in the paintings and in her own past. And Institute of Modern Art Director Robert Leonard argues the case for Cotton as a cultural surrealist exploring 'the treachery of images'. This beautifully presented, grandly scaled book on one of New Zealand's best-known artists features accessible, readable texts by internationally acclaimed writers. This book is an essential purchase for audiences with an interest in New Zealand art. The book will be a must for appreciators of beautiful books, as well as readers who have followed the authors and wish to read more of their writing.

Catalogue of an exhibition held at City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi, Wellington from 12th June to 6th October 2013.

Includes plates: (p. 52-183)

"The exhibition Shane Cotton : the hanging sky, curated by Justin Paton, was organised by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu in association with the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane and showed in Australia and New Zealand in 2012 and 2013"-- P. 192.

Includes bibliographical references.

The ghosts of birds / Eliot Weinberger -- Finding space : six encounters with Shane Cotton / Justin Paton -- Ever in between / Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow -- The treachery of images / Robert Leonard -- Plates.

"Since the early 1990s Shane Cotton (Ngti Rangi, Ngati Hine, Te Uri Taniwha) has been one of New Zealand's most acclaimed painters of landscape and memory. In the mid-2000s, however, his work headed in an unexpected direction- skywards. Employing a sombre new blue-black palette, Cotton painted the first in a major series of skyscapes - vast, nocturnal spaces where birds speed and plummet. Since then the series has become increasingly complex and ambitious, incorporating ragged red skywriting as well as ghostly 'marked heads'. Combining major recent paintings with a spectacular body of new work, The Hanging Sky showcases Cotton's faith in painting as a space of possibility and provocation - a place of leaps, freefalls and charged collisions between images"-- Christchurchartgallery.org.nz. website (viewed 28/062013)

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