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Contemporary Art Museum

RECENT ACQUISITIONS

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery holds a small but significant collection of contemporary visual art works. The Govett-Brewster's long-held policy is to acquire works that represent current ideas and are significant in the development of the contemporary visual arts in the Pacific. The collection is intended to provide a usable resource for the Govett-Brewster's exhibition and education programmes rather than a repository for art historical artefacts.
 
In practice, the Govett-Brewster focuses on collecting work by emerging and mid-career New Zealand artists and artists from the Pacific. It acquires works that, while characteristic of the artists' output, are distinctive, are of exceptional quality or have some special relevance to the Govett-Brewster or the Pacific region. The resulting works from the Govett-Brewster's collection are in frequent demand for exhibitions throughout New Zealand and overseas.
 
Acquisitions are funded from income generated by bequests, principally the Monica Brewster bequest. Gifts of art works are from artists and other donors. Approval for all acquisitions is sought from the New Plymouth District Council. In the case of a disagreement between the Council and the Govett-Brewster Director, an advisory committee consisting of Directors of the four metropolitan New Zealand art museums may be asked to make a final decision.
 
The Govett-Brewster has an active de-accessioning policy, which is designed to keep the collection current and of a high standard. The de-accessioning process is subject to strict controls that are monitored by representatives from the art museum sector and the New Plymouth District Council.

 

RECENT ADDITIONS TO THE COLLECTION

Octavia Cook
Monica R. Brewster Cameo Brooch - 40th Anniversary Commission 2010
Acrylic, sterling silver, fine silver, 18ct gold, stainless steel

Max Gimblett
Cauldron of Faith 2004-2006
Palladium and copper leaf, acrylic, ink and pencil on French paper
Gift of the artist
 
Max Gimblett
Ghost Dog 2004
Sumi ink on paper
Gift of the artist
 
Lee Mingwei
Stone Journey 2009
Stone, cast bronze, timber, stainless steel, silk
Gift of the artist
 
Mark Adams                           
2001. Interior, Te Tiki-a-Tamamutu, Spa Hotel, Taupo, New Zealand. Nga Tohunga: Wero Taroi, Tene Waitere.  Printed 2009
C
-type prints from 10 x 8 inch C-41 negatives, each print 1320 x 1045 mm
 
Max Gimblett               
Rising, The Frozen North 2008
Unique print, metallic foils and silk screen inks on paper
 
Laurence Aberhart                             
Taranaki, Wanganui, 12 May 2008/2008/1 2008  DVD 20 minutes
Gold and selenium toned gelatin silver print on EMAKS paper
Printed by, titled, dated, numbered and signed by the artist 
 
Peter Peryer     
European hare 2008
C-type photograph, 9 in edition of 10
 
Mieke Gerritzen                      
Beautiful World 2006
DVD, 20 minutes
 
Bill Culbert 
View West Taranaki 2008
Installation comprising suitcases, acrylic sheet, fluorescent lights, theatrical gels, paint, electrical cabling
Dimensions variable 
 
Reuben Paterson
Time and Place 2007
1st of an ongoing edition, each sculpture is unique (red, blue, green, silver, gold)
sequins, pins, polyurethane foam
310 x 210mm each 
 
Peter Peryer 
Tecomanthe  2006  13/15
Selenium toned gelatin silver print
160 x 120mm 
 
Ann Shelton
Opus, The Norian (No right angles) Wall, Frankley Road, New Plymouth, Part of the Edgar Roy Brewster House originally at Sanders Ave 2004 2/5
C-type print (diptych)
Edition of 5 plus 2 artist’s proofs
710 x 900mm each
 
Francis Upritchard 
Horseman 2008
Modelling material, steel, synthetic polymer paint
545 x 160 x 410mm
 
Francis Upritchard
Rainwob Tree 2008
Macrocarpa, modelling material, synthetic polymer paint
1000 x 1700 x 1400mm
 
Fiona Pardington 
Ka Koriki Te Manu/ The Chorus of Birds, ‘Hinemokomoki’ Whekau Laughing Owl AV5736 Otago Museum 2004
From an edition of 5
Gold tone gelatin silver photograph
Framed 1070 x 880mm
 
Paul Hartigan  
Vics Galactica Bar & Sluice Club  2005 
Gift
C-type print
Framed 1850 x 2500mm (diptych)
 
Gabriel Kuri
Five views of something hidden 1 2006
printed nylon banner 180 x 240cm, wall 3360 x 3000mm  
 
Lisa Reihana
Digital Marae: Hinepukohurangi 2001
colour digital print mounted on aluminium
2000 x 1000mm, edition 5 of 5
 
Lisa Reihana  
Digital Marae: Marakihau 2001
colour digital print mounted on aluminium
2000 x 1000mm, edition 5 of 5
 
Lisa Reihana
Digital Marae: Dandy 2007
colour digital print mounted on aluminium
2000 x 1200mm, edition 1 of 5
 
Lisa Reihana 
Digital Marae: Maui 2007
colour digital print mounted on aluminium
2000 x 1200mm, edition 1 of 5
 
Yvonne Todd
Female Study (Gold) 2007
diptych, 2 lightjet prints
1400 x 1168mm each, edition 3 of 3
 
Octavia Cook
The Tsarina c.1905 Ceremonial Hand Mirror Pendant 2007
acrylic, plastic mirror and stg. silver with ‘emerald-cut’ bevelled glass mirror
360 x 600mm
 
Octavia Cook

Mr and Mrs Cook 2005
acrylic, stg. silver and 18ct gold
850x 710mm edition 2 of 3
 
Fiona Pardington
Taranaki Heitiki White Mussel Shell Eyes, Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum 2002
toned silver bromide fibre-based print
550 x 420mm edition 3 of 5
 
Fiona Pardington
Inanga, Heitiki, North Island (Toru Tekau ma Rua) Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum 2002
 toned silver bromide fibre-based print
550x 420mm edition 5 of 5   
 
Joe Sheehan
Spending Time 2006
South Australian black jade in marine plywood case, brass hinge
240 x 240 x 35mm    
 
Edith Amituanai 
The Sagapolu Lounge 
From the series ‘Miss Amituanai‘ 2005
C-type print
600 x 520mm
 
Edith Amituanai 
Miss Amituanai
From the series ‘Mrs Amituanai’ 2005
C-type print
700 x 670mm
  
Edith Amituanai 
Line and Shiloh playing cards
From the series ‘Mrs Amituanai‘ 2005
C-type print
700 x 670mm
  
Edith Amituanai 
Mr Manu 2006
C-type print
750 x 670mm         
 
Lisa Reihana   
A Maori Dragon Story 1995   - Gift
16mm animation transferred to DVD
15 mins
 
Ben Cauchi
The Hermetic Seal (small) 2006
photograph 10 x 8” tintype    
  
Ben Cauchi
White Shroud 2006
photograph 10 x 8” tintype   
 
Anne Noble
Antarctica, Discovery Museum, Dundee, 2003/2007
from the White Lantern series
pigment print on paper
1000mm x 750mm, edition of 10  
  
Anne Noble
Deception Island, Antarctica, 2005/2007
from the White Lantern series
pigment print on paper
1000mm x 750mm, edition of 10 
  
Lin Tianmiao
Growing 2003
Silver gelatin photograph
500 x 7000mm
 
Ngahina Hohaia
Roimata Toroa 2006
woollen blanket, embroidery silk, ribbon  
 
Tony Nicholls
Towers 2006
computer-generated and recorded sound, audio equipment, string and mixed media   
Dimensions variable
 
Rohan Wealleans
Disciple of the Pearl 2006
paint, fibreglass, polystyrene and metal stand
 
Michael Smither
Sand 1987
limited edition artist’s book 97/400
14 pages black & white
302 x 435mm