Anthony Byrt

Luke Willis Thompson

May 2016

The colonial period in the South Pacific may notionally be over, but its legacies are ever present, particularly in the way island nations struggle to survive in the global economy. Market forces well beyond the people’s control shape the… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2016 [TOC]

Opening Belle

The reopening of the Christchurch Art Gallery in New Zealand


BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2010 and February 2011, Christchurch—New Zealand’s second-largest city—was hit by a series of earthquakes. The first, in the early hours of September 4, registered at 7.1, and caused plenty of infrastructural and … READ ON


Matthew Barney

May 2015

Matthew Barney’s vastly ambitious “Cremaster” cycle, 1994–2002, was finished and presented in that window between 9/11 and the financial collapse of 2008. Not surprisingly, several critics saw it as a bloated corollary to American … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2015 [TOC]

“Billy AppleŽ: 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