New Zealand ~ Art History ~ 211 Slides ~ Kiwi ~ Maori ~ Art

The author is a retired attorney and still producing artist.

MANY ACTUAL SLIDES ARE SHOWN ON THIS PAGE. THEY ARE THE BEST INDICATION OF THE QUALITY OF THE PRODUCT.

ART OF NEW ZEALAND, A PRESENTATION.

EXCERPT:
The art in New Zealand is primarily of historical interest to the rest of the world until the twentieth century. The whites were settling the land in the 1800s and the art work records all of this in the white European way. The most usual way such an artist got to New Zealand was that the ship’s company hired him to record the journey. They were not looking for great creativity but rather faithful reproductions.

The Māori continued to do their art works in the 1800s but the two groups had no common art interest. The Māori idea of art was very practical as the whites colonized. The art had to be usable. They used it as soon as they created it. This did not make for Māori collections and museums in the 1800s or thereafter. Plus they worked in materials which perished, like wood carvings and weavings. (Their works done on rock, however, are still there.) It was gradual in the 20th century, the two groups taking notice of one another’s art.

There are three groups influencing the art in the country. They are the Māori, the Samoans and the whites derived from Europe. The Māori were in the country first whereas the Samoans are recent additions. They are all able to speak English to one another and are even trying to speak Māori to one another. They go to the same fine arts schools although native arts centers also remain.

This cultural hodge podge has been very invigorating in the arts. The hybrid art works are very inventive and creative and unlike other work.

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