HOTERE, Ralph;

Black Painting

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Oil on board
910 x 910mm

From 1968, Ralph Hotere was concerned with black paintings in which he embraced reduction and took on a minimalist approach. As he acknowledged, he was much influenced by the work of American painter Ad Reinhardt. In his works of the period, thin lines in cruciform shape or in circles float above highly finished lacquered surfaces. These Hotere buffed to such an extent that they seem to shimmer as the viewer moves across the field of vision.

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Exhibition History

Representation and Reaction: Modernism and the New Zealand Landscape Tradition 1956–1977, Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua, Whanganui, 31 August to 27 October 2002 (toured)


Challenge Collection (later Fletcher Trust Collection), purchased from John Leech Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, 18 February 1985