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A Way Through - Colin McCahon's Gate III

A Way Through - Colin McCahon's Gate III

When:

  • Sat 24 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 25 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 26 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 27 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 28 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 29 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 30 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 31 Aug, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 1 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 2 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 3 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 4 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 5 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 6 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 7 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 8 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 9 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 10 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 11 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 12 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 13 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 14 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 15 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 16 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 17 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 18 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 19 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 20 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 21 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 22 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 23 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 24 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 25 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 26 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 27 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 28 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 29 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 30 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 1 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 2 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 3 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 4 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 5 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 6 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 7 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 8 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 9 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 10 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 11 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 12 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 13 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 14 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 15 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 16 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 17 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 18 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 19 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 20 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
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Where:

Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

As part of the Colin McCahon centenary year, McCahon’s epic 1970 mural, Gate III, makes its first appearance in Auckland since it was originally commissioned for Auckland City Art Gallery’s Ten Big Paintings exhibition in 1971.

Gate III was painted in Auckland, drawing on a combination of west-coast views, rural landscapes and religious texts. It returns to the ‘I Am’ motif that he first painted while living in Titirangi in the 1950s and anticipates the grand works he would paint from his new studio in Muriwai. The painting is atypically large for art in 1970s’ Aotearoa, made possible through the Auckland City Art Gallery’s patronage. It is an urgent address to McCahon’s public.

Implicit in the painting is McCahon’s acknowledged ambition to make a statement against the nuclear threat, a statement that would reach even the most sceptical viewer of modern art. Given humanity’s indefatigable and self-centred quest for power, this message still resonates today.

Immediately following the nationwide tour of Ten Big Paintings, Gate III was purchased for the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection. Since 1972 it has been on permanent public display at the University.

Literally a ‘one painting’ exhibition, ‘A way through’ offers three thematic entry points into McCahon’s work: addressing its material history as a commissioned artwork destined for a university collection; locating it within McCahon’s artistic output; and as a lens on the fraught socio-political times in which it was painted. These themes are drawn out in the accompanying archival material especially gathered for the occasion.

Developed and toured by Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi. Supported by Dame Jenny Gibbs.

24 August – 20 October 2019
Opening Saturday 24 August, 4pm

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