Angela Tiatia Shows at Massive Matisse Exhibition

In the accompanying exhibition to the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ new blockbuster exhibition Matisse: Life & Spirit, contemporary artists, including New Zealander Angela Tiatia, re-contextualise, challenge and complicate the modern master’s art and legacy, Kathleen Linn writes in a story for The Guardian.

As part of Matisse Alive, Tiatia presents, The Pearl (2021), a mesmerising video work the result of a recent research trip to Tahiti. Tiatia is a Sydney-based artist, born in New Zealand with Samoan heritage.

In The Pearl, bright candy pink plastic clam shells open and close while hyperreal, computer-generated water foams and flows over them to a crescendo of drums. Tiatia retells the classical myth of the birth of Venus, taking Matisse’s own Venus in a shell (1930) as her starting point.

“[Tiatia is] wanting to address the position of artists and others voyaging to the Pacific and looking at the female body in one way … She is speaking about it from a very contemporary position – the capacity to be sexual, vital … and inhabit the world without the constraints of the colonial view of the Pacific,” co-curator Jackie Dunn says.

Matisse: Life & Spirit Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris is on until 13 March 2022.

Original article by Kathleen Linn, The Guardian, November 26, 2021.

Photo by Diana Panuccio/AGNSW.

Tags: Angela Tiatia  Guardian (The)  

Gemma New a Highlight of 2021 Classical Calendar

Gemma New a Highlight of 2021 Classical Calendar

The year in classical music was marked by challenge and determination as the pandemic continued its cultural stranglehold for much of 2021. But for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), which Wellington-born…