Contemporary encounters

New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana is one of three New Zealand artists participating in an exhibition called Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years on at an “unprecedented number” of venues throughout Winnipeg until May 8. Reihana is joined by Brett Graham, regarded as a leading authority on contemporary Maori sculpture and Reuben Paterson, recipient of the prestigious Moet et Chandon Award. The exhibition website explains the premise of Close Encounters as “indigenous artists imagin[ing] the future within the context of present experiences and past histories.” “This exhibition is so important, it almost takes on the quality of a biennale,” says lead curator Lee-Ann Martin, a Mohawk who is director of the Indian and Inuit Art Centre in Gatineau, Ontario.


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Artist Gill Gatfield Smashes the Glass Ceiling

Artist Gill Gatfield Smashes the Glass Ceiling

New Zealand artist Gill Gatfield is profiled in the latest World Sculpture News magazine, with particular focus on her latest work created in glass, which was exhibited in February this year…