Art at Te Papa

Editor: William McAloon

Publication date: April 2009
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $99.99
Extent: 440 pp
Illustrations: 400+ full-colour plates
Format: 315mm x 250mm
Binding: Flexibind
ISBN: 978-1-877385-38-4

Out of print.

The evolution of our 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 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.

As well as the beautifully produced standard edition, which includes over 400 full-colour plates, Te Papa Press is pleased to confirm that Art at Te Papa is also available in a special limited edition of 300 hand-numbered hardback copies. This deluxe publication is cloth-covered, foil-embossed, and boxed, and features a printed inset matching the standard edition.

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‘This book dusts off 400 [artworks] … and says "Feast your eyes on these!" Art at Te Papa is an artwork in itself.’
– Martin Doyle, Capital Times, July 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, 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