Art at Te Papa

Price $99.99

Editor: William McAloon
Publication Date: April 2009.

The evolution of the national art collection is closely linked with the story of Aotearoa New Zealand itself – its places, its people and their passions, and its developing sense of identity.

Art at Te Papa, a major new book from Te Papa Press, spans the Museum’s collection – from superb early European prints to exciting contemporary acquisitions. Te Papa’s curators have selected more than 400 artworks, each one beautifully reproduced, and accompanied by an engaging mini essay.

Works by international artists – from Rembrandt to Mapplethorpe – feature alongside iconic New Zealand art by Charles Goldie, Rita Angus, Bill Hammond, and many more. Lesser-known artworks will also surprise and delight.

Art at Te Papa is a treasure to inform, inspire, and delight all New Zealanders and lovers of art.

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This book dusts off 400 [artworks] … and says “Feast your eyes on these!” Art at Te Papais an artwork in itself.

— Martin Doyle, Capital Times (15/07/2009)

 This bold and beautiful book is a delicious invitation for any reader…

The glory is in the diversity of the collection; the genius is in how the reader can dip and choose…

Andria Brice, Bravado No. 16 (Online magazine) August 2009

A rich and accessibly written account of collections of surprising depth – in both international and New Zealand Art.

Hamish Keith, Metro (May 2009)

Extent: 440  pp
Illustration: over 400 full-colour plates
Format: Flexibind, 315 x 250 mm