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Light on a left-wing cultural movement, Erik Olssen

A Popular Vision: The Arts and the Left in New Zealand 1930-1950 Rachel Barrowman, Victoria University Press, 1991, $34.95 Rachel Barrowman has written a well-crafted study of ‘a left-wing cultural movement which was contemporaneous with, and in important ways related…
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Three assured poets, Janet Wilson

Wakeful Nights: Poems Selected and New Fiona Kidman, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 New and Selected Poems Lauris Edmond, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Time Zones Fleur Adcock, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 In their range and assurance these…
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Eileen Mayo, Painter/ Designer, J M Thomson

Eileen Mayo, Painter/ Designer National Library of New Zealand, PO Box 1467, Wellington, $29.70 The inspiriting exhibition of Eileen Mayo’s work in the National Library Gallery is matched by this impeccably produced and stylish catalogue, which faithful to its subject…
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Issue 5 | June 1992

  Volume 2 | Number 1 | Issue 5 | June 1992 Editorial, June 1992  J M Thomson: “The longevity of books” Letters, issue 5 Bernard Kernot: Anne Salmond, Two Worlds: first meetings between Maori and Europeans 1642-1772. K R…
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Looking with new eyes: the Woollaston achievement, Tony Bellette

Toss Woollaston: A Retrospective Exhibition 1991/2 Toss Woollaston: An Illustrated Biography Gerald Barnett, National Art Gallery, Wellington/ Random Century, Auckland, 1991, $39.95 Viewing the Toss Woollaston retrospective is an occasion for gratification, and even wonder, that the language of painting…
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On the world’s opera stage: 19 New Zealand singers, Roger Flury

Southern Voices; international singers of New Zealand Adrienne Simpson and Peter Downes, Reed Books, Auckland, 1992, $45 The timing of Adrienne Simpson’s and Peter Downes’s admirable Southern Voices could hardly be more propitious. With opera in New Zealand once again…
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Chunuk Bair, directed by Leon Narbey, Phillip Mann

The events that occurred on and about Chunuk Bair, a remote hill on the Gallipoli peninsula, on 7 and 8 August 1915, have been widely celebrated, at least in Australia and New Zealand, where they have achieved something of the…
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New Zealand film: an overall view, John Roberts

The End of the Golden Weather  directed by Ian Mune This is not a film review. Movie buffs please note. It is a reflection on a key work in the corpus of New Zealand literature and the use which a…
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Edge of The Earth, Alison Glenny

Edge of The Earth; Stories and Images from the Antipodes Vincent Ward (with Alison Carter, Geoff Chapple and Louis Nowra), Reed, Auckland, 1990, $34.95 The appearance and title of this loosely strung together collection of prose pieces, photographs and film…
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Posted in Art, Māori, Memoir, Non-fiction, Photography, Review

Figures in history: the sculpture of Tony Stones, Vincent O’Sullivan

Visitors who arrive at Mangere airport see their first piece of New Zealand sculpture as they leave the main terminal building: the eight-foot-high bronze figure of a young lean Batten as she stretches on tip-toe, waving to the crowd, reaching…
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