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The thinking man’s cartoonist, Dylan Horrocks

Brockie: A Memoir in Words, Cartoons and Sketches Bob Brockie New Zealand Cartoon Archive/Fraser Books, $39.50 ISBN 9780958232074 David Lange called Brockie “the thinking man’s cartoonist”. Which is pretty nice of Lange, considering that Brockie had drawn him on various…
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The courage of her convictions, Rebecca Rice

Grace Joel: An Impressionist Portrait Joel L Schiff Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781877578861 Miss Grace Joel displays the courage of her convictions. The work is obviously not a pot-boiler; obviously not the product of a lady “who does a…
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No country for old men, Megan Dunn 

Grahame Sydney Paintings 1974-2014  Grahame Sydney (essay by Vincent O’Sullivan) Craig Potton Publishing, $100.00, ISBN 9781927213254 Myself, Looking Back is Grahame Sydney’s extensive memoir of his childhood and formative artistic years up until his sell-out solo exhibition in 1975. Early…
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Those are pearls that were his eyes, Lindsay Missen

Fingers: Jewellery for Aotearoa New Zealand: 40 Years of Fingers Jewellery Gallery Damian Skinner and Finn McCahon-Jones David Bateman, $60.00, ISBN 9781869538620 Place and Adornment: A History of Contemporary Jewellery in Australia and New Zealand Damian Skinner and Kevin Murray…
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Beyond beige, John Newton

A Rainbow Reader Tessa Laird Clouds, $25.00, ISBN 9780987659378 Plato, I learned recently from the wonderful Maggie Nelson (Bluets, 2009), wanted to banish not just the poets from his republic but also the painters. They were “mixers and grinders of…
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The ocean within, David Eggleton

Art in Oceania: A New History Peter Brunt, Nicholas Thomas, Sean Mallon, Lissant Bolton, Deidre Brown, Damian Skinner and Susanne Küchler. Peter Brunt and Nicholas Thomas (eds), assisted by Stella Ramage Thames & Hudson, $130.00, ISBN 9780500239018 Art in Oceania:…
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The museum as a book, Tim Walker

Take These With You When You Leave: Treasures of the Archive Georgina White MTG Hawke’s Bay ISBN 9780992259600 Architecture of the Heart Lucy Hammonds and Douglas Lloyd Jenkins MTG Hawke’s Bay ISBN 9780992259624 Ūkaipō – ō tātou whakapapa: The Identity…
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An act of restoration, Stella Ramage

Moments in Time: Ralph Miller – Artist Brian Miller Lifelogs Ltd ISBN 9780992245702 Ralph Miller occupies a small, forgotten corner of our art history. A sign-writer and designer by trade, Miller nurtured a private artistic career that was sadly cut…
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Behind the footlights, Amanda Lafoy Brown

The Royal New Zealand Ballet at 60 Jennifer Shennan and Anne Rowse (eds) Victoria University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9780864738912 My parents first took me to see the New Zealand Ballet at the Opera House in Wellington in the late 1970s.…
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The best kept secret, Stuart Baker

From Earth’s End: The Best of New Zealand Comics Adrian Kinnaird Random House, $60.00, ISBN 9781869799953 I’ve read comics since I was very young. I travelled into history with Asterix and to the moon with Tintin. But it wasn’t until…
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