Anthony Byrt

“Billy Apple®: The Artist has to Live Like Everybody Else”

January 2015

Curated by Christina Barton In 1962, the young New Zealand–born artist Barrie Bates bleached his hair and eyebrows in his London flat and changed his name to Billy Apple®. In the ensuing decades, Apple moved from London to New York and … READ ON


Kim Pieters

October 2014

Kim Pieters took a risk in titling her first survey exhibition “what is a life?” Such a portentous question is hard to address, but it turned out to be a near-perfect encapsulation of the self-examining quality of the artist’s work. … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2014 [TOC]

“The Walters Prize”

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

August 2014

In 2012, the Walters Prize judges were criticized for selecting a short list of works few had actually seen in person. It was a sign of globalization’s impact on New Zealand art; all four of the projects had been shown overseas. This year’s… READ ON


Water’s Edge

The 19th Biennale of Sydney

March 2014 SYDNEY

SYDNEY IS A BRISTLING harbor city that evolved as a haphazard solution to nineteenth-century economic questions—build fast and build close to the water, to get stuff, and people from all over the world, in and out as quickly as possible. … READ ON


The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

June 2013

In the past decade, the Asia-Pacific region has had to cope with more than its share of natural disasters: The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the 2009 “Black Saturday” bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria, the February 2011 earthquake… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2013 [TOC]

. . . You’d Be Home by Now

The 5th Auckland Triennial


AUCKLAND IS A WEIRD PLACE. It’s routinely identified as one of the most “livable” cities in the world, but it’s also characterized by crippling urban sprawl and prohibitive housing costs. The morning Hou Hanru’s iteration of the … READ ON


The 5th Auckland Triennial

May 2013

Curated by Hou Hanru The fifth edition of Auckland’s festival of contemporary art baits its audience with the title “If you were to live here . . .” and invites more than thirty artists and collectives—including Anri Sala, Allora and… READ ON


Ruth Buchanan

May 2013

In almost all of her recent work, Ruth Buchanan has examined the physical spaces of language: books and the buildings that house them. In her book The weather, a building, 2012, for example, she traced the movement of Berlin’s Staatsbibliothek—from… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2013 [TOC]

18th Biennale of Sydney

November 2012

Globalization and its consequences are standard biennial fare. What made the “18th Sydney Biennale: all our relations” different was its sheer optimism. Artistic directors Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster clearly wanted to give … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2012 [TOC]

“Prospect: New Zealand Art Now”

May 2012

Every few years, Wellington’s City Gallery stages “Prospect” in an attempt to take the pulse of contemporary New Zealand art. For the survey’s fourth incarnation, curator Kate Montgomery made a small but significant change was made … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2012 [TOC]