The 80s Show

Reacquainting younger generations with a decade synonymous with pop classics and tumultuous events

Presented by Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga
with support from Craigs Investment Partners

Curator’s Statement

The 1980s represented a global boom in pop culture and conspicuous consumption. It was a decade known for neon lycra, leg warmers, pop art and the Rubik’s cube. During this time New Zealand made international headlines for its anti-nuclear stance and protests against apartheid. The art world experienced a peak not seen in the decades prior and the Treaty of Waitangi and Maori land rights took centre stage alongside major economic and social reforms.

The centrepiece of the 80s show is a selection of artworks that chart some of the high points in our cultural history contrasted against a backdrop of highly charged social and political events. Utilising the impressive Fletcher Trust Collection this exhibition explores a decade which was known for its extremes.

The 80s Show

Installation views at Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga
Images courtesy of the gallery

MADDOX, Allen;

Untitled

1984, 1725 x 2005mm, Oil on canvas

POND-EYLEY, Claudia;

Micronesian Window

1984, 1200 x 900mm, Acrylic on board

FRIZZELL, Dick;

Woodchopper

1983, 1200 x 1500mm, Enamel on board

CLAIRMONT, Philip;

Large Window Painting

1982, 1900 x 1820mm, Oil and acrylic on canvas

BLAIR, Philippa;

Heart Book

1985, 1000 x 1820mm, Acrylic on canvas

STEVENSON, Michael;

At the Showgrounds, Setting Up

1989, 700 x 900mm, Oil on canvas on board

WALTERS, Gordon;

Karaka II

c.1980, 1524 x 1142mm, Acrylic on canvas

DASHPER, Julian;

Sheraton

1984, 1800 x 1500mm, Oil on canvas

HARRIS, Jeffrey;

Re-Negotiating a Loan

1984, 2140 x 1525mm, Oil on canvas

GIMBLETT, Max;

Blue/Red to Len Lye

1980, 2030 x 2030mm, Oil on canvas

GARCÍA-ÁLVAREZ, Alberto;

Untitled (Red, Yellow, White)

1981, 1640 x 1340mm, Acrylic on canvas

SCOTT, Ian;

Lattice No. 68, 11th Version

1980, 1728 x 1728mm, Acrylic on canvas

WONG, Brent;

Road, Building, Clouds

1982, 640 x 740mm, Acrylic on board

NIGRO, Jan;

Pacific Festival

1983, 915 x 760mm, Oil on canvas

CHILCOTT, Gavin;

Dead Kings 4: The Attendants

1983, 1380 x 1395mm, Acrylic on canvas

THORNLEY, Geoff;

Construction No. 6

1982, 1200 x 1200mm, Oil on canvas on board

WILLIAMS, Mervyn;

Blue Dawning

1981, 1675 x 1675mm, Oil on canvas

LEFT, Ron;

Centripetal Edges No. 3

1980, 1800 x 1200mm, Acrylic on board

The Fletcher Trust Collection is one of the largest curated private collections of Aotearoa New Zealand art. The Trust makes works available to the public online as well as via exhibitions initiated by public art institutions and by the Trust itself.

The Fletcher Trust
Private Bag 92114
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

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