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New Zealand Art A Modern Perspective
by Elva Bett

Hardback, 1986, 222pages, good condition, water stains on jacket top, front end page removed

This book describes the work of both well-established contemporary New Zealand artists and rising younger painters whose talent Elva Bett recognises. Elva Bett?s survey is unique in its personal perspective; she has understood, helped and befriended many of her subjects.

Elva Bett also looks at the work of the many artists whose abstract approach finds expression informally, in a challenging variety of ways, and her descriptions of the neo-figural painters and those whose work she aptly christens ?hyperbolic art? are penetrating and trenchant. Chapters follow on the almost photographic art of the new realists, on artists with a social message and on the work of Maori artists. Also covered before this lively book reachesits conclusion are the New Zealand painters working in the primitivist tradition and those involved in installation and post-objective art.

From the huge power of Cohn McCahon to the dazzling inventiveness of Debra Bustin, from the spectacular slashing colours of Philip Clairmont to the painstaking detail of Sydney, Elva Bett brings to life the kaleidoscope of contemporary New Zealand art. Refreshingly straightforward, her approach is always intelligent, perceptive and sound. Sumptuously and thoughtfully illustrated in colour and black and white, New Zealand Art: A Modern Perspective will be indispensable to the growing numbers of New Zealanders interested in the art of their own country.
Cover pantng: Steppe by Gretchen Albrecht
New Zealand art scene chapters which consider those older artists with an academic bias, the rising abstract painters of the mid-1970s, the subjective abstractionists whose work has a personal basis for its of reality, the pivotal painters of the 1970s and the formal abstractionists. Please click here to ask a question
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