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Dividing space, Hamish Clayton

Art Icons of New Zealand: Lines in the Sand  Oliver Stead David Bateman, $49.99, ISBN 9781869536374 Whenever a new book offering another survey of local art appears a number of logical questions present themselves. Will any previously overlooked artists be…
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The rain on her face, John B Turner

Monsoon Brian Brake David Bateman, $59.99, ISBN 13978186953608 For those familiar with Brian Brake’s “Monsoon” essay from Life and other magazines in the early 1960s, or those who more recently enjoyed the large-print exhibition at the Museum of New Zealand…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Photography, Review

Renavigating the past, Bernie Kernot

Maori Peoples of New Zealand: Nga Iwi O Aotearoa Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand David Bateman, $49.99, ISBN 9781869536220 National encyclopedias bear some resemblance to national exhibitions in the way they sum up and present knowledge relevant to…
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Computer Cartography, Miles Fairburn

New Zealand Historical Atlas: Visualising New Zealand Malcolm McKinnon (ed) David Bateman, $99.00 ISBN 1 86953335 6 The New Zealand Historical Atlas is a large and prestigious publication made up of 100 double pages (“plates”) of illustrative material and text.…
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An assiduous industry Les Cleveland

Scars on the Heart: Two Centuries of New Zealand at War Chris Pugsley with Laurie Barber, Buddy Mikaere, Nigel Prickett, Rose Young David Bateman in association with the Auckland Museum, $69.95, ISBN 1 86953 301 1 New Zealand and the…
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Cliché summitry, Nigel Roberts

To Everest via Antarctica Robert Mads Anderson Penguin, $29.95 ISBN 0140254005 7 Summits Solo Robert Mads Anderson David Bateman, $125.00 ISBN 1869532074 On 30 April 1985 Dick Bass ‑ an American entrepreneur who developed the Snowbird ski resort in Utah…
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Something highly individualistic to say, Tony Bellette

By the Waters of Babylon: the Art of A Lois White Nicola Green David Bateman, in association with the Auckland City Art Gallery, $39.95 No Road to Follow: Autobiography of a New Zealand Artist Eric Lee‑Johnson Godwit Press, $49.95 WA…
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An admirable thematic approach, Mark Stocker

A Concise History of New Zealand Painting  Michael Dunn, David Bateman, Auckland, 1991, $89.95 A history of New Zealand painting written by a scholar is well overdue. Michael Dunn, longtime Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of Auckland,…
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