Te Papa's purchases of works from new and emerging artists are based on the artist's individual practice, and the work's wider significance.
Often these artists, although at the beginning of their careers, have in a short period of time developed a considerable exhibition history and a profile nationally and sometimes internationally.
The work's significance may lie in the content, which might provide an important commentary about current issues in art, or reflect current art practice and ideas. It might expand those ideas, or provide an alternative approach to them. Equally, the work might be valued for its production methods, or for its investigation of the medium used in the work, or for innovative work in that medium.
Works that are acquired by Te Papa from new or emerging artists highlight the continually changing and developing nature of contemporary art, and the Museum's ongoing engagement with contemporary art practice, ideas, and trends.
This text was prepared for the Collecting Contemporary exhibition, June 2011.
Aquarium (with sunglasses), 2009
Aquarium (with bottles), 2011
Interior, early hours, 2007
The photographer's shirt, 09 September 2003
Cook & Co Smouldering Souvenir [pendant], 2009
Ancestral Home & Garage (Pakuranga) [earring 'O'], 2009
An Inheritance of Monumental Sentiment [brooch], 2009
The Cook & Co Dynasty (An Amalgamation of Pedigree), Ivory [brooch], 2009
The Thomas farm at Mercer, 2007
Same shit different country - memories of Montana, 2007-8
Study for Strip, 2007-2009
Ice rink at museum, June 28 2002
Advertising poster for Waikato Times newspaper, New Zealand, 2002
Gallery Six: The Ice Rink & The Lilac Ship, 2002
The Lilac Ship, 2002
My name in lights, 2006
Costume for a Mourner, 2010
ZenDV; Bluescreen and Bars and Tone, 2002
Starting from behind, 2008