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Len Lye Paved the Way for British Animators

Len Lye Paved the Way for British Animators

Animation pioneer New Zealand-born Len Lye features in the television documentary, Secrets of British Animation. Made in conjunction with the British Film Institute, the programme “lifts the lid on an eccentric world where infinite pains…

New Plymouth Firmly on the Cultural Map

New Plymouth Firmly on the Cultural Map

“ Lye’s story might well have slipped into obscurity had his 18,000-item archive not ended up in a small seaside city on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island,” Nigel Tisdall writes for…

Len Lye’s Film A Colour Box is Jazz Visualised

Len Lye’s Film A Colour Box is Jazz Visualised

Christchurch-born artist Len Lye’s “revolutionary” 1935 film A Colour Box is an example of visually-depicted jazz and is discussed in a book by British scholar Nicolas Pillai called, Jazz as Visual Language: Film, Television and…

Taranaki One of Lonely Planet’s Top Regions 2017

Taranaki One of Lonely Planet’s Top Regions 2017

Taranaki has been named as one of the Top Regions to visit in 2017 in Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel ranking. “The joke goes that most travellers who reach Taranaki have just…

New Zealand Opens First Single-Artist Museum

New Zealand Opens First Single-Artist Museum

“If Len Lye didn’t exist, you couldn’t have invented him,” writes the New Zealand Herald’s Adam Gifford about the pioneering experimental filmmaker and kinetic sculptor on the eve of the opening of…

Banking on Dancing Colours

Banking on Dancing Colours

Christchurch-born Len Lye’s “deliriously jazzy 1930s animation for the Post Office Savings Bank shows public information films needn’t be dull,” Judith Mackrell writes for the Guardian. “The colours might look late-60s-psychedelic; some of the…

Lye’s primitive symptoms

Lye’s primitive symptoms

Animation film Tuslava (1929), created by Christchurch-born artist Len Lye, is part of a an exhibition entitled ‘Animism’ on from 26 April through 28 July at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The exhibition examines the…

Rhythm – Len Lye

Rhythm – Len Lye

One of Len Lye’s fascinating film works – Rhythm.

Swinging the Lambeth Walk – Len Lye

Swinging the Lambeth Walk – Len Lye

One of Len Lye’s fascinating film works – Swinging the Lambeth Walk.

Films advancing art

Films advancing art

“The most exhilarating show of 2th-century art to be seen in this country right now is by the New Zealand artist Len Lye,” Laura Cummings writes in a Guardian review of the retrospective exhibition…

“Crazy guy” gets his dues

“Crazy guy” gets his dues

Kinetic artist and New Zealander Len Lye, who “waltzed through several art movements, genres and countries” and who is becoming widely recognised as a major contributor to the story of 20th Century art, is bio-ed by…

A Colour Box – Len Lye

A Colour Box – Len Lye

One of Len Lye’s fascinating film works – A Colour Box.

Practice makes perfection

Practice makes perfection

Painter Max Gimblett is the subject of a lengthy article in premiere US art magazine, Art in America. Gimblett’s latest works were recently shown at the Haines Gallery in San Francisco. Critic…

KTV: Kinetic Television

KTV: Kinetic Television

Work by pioneering NZ filmmaker, artist, kinetic sculpter and general ‘crazy guy’, Len Lye, is featured in the exhibition ‘A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain’ at the Tate Britain. Lye’s 1930s work is…

Ed MTV: Frontrunning Len Lye Revisited

Ed MTV: Frontrunning Len Lye Revisited

Aussie indie music treasure, ex-punk and co-founder of the Saints, Ed Kuepper, has written music for six short films made by legendary NZ conceptual artist Len Lye over 50 years ago. Lye was setting…

Wind Wand Blows Over Hurricanes as Talk of the Town in New Plymouth

Wind Wand Blows Over Hurricanes as Talk of the Town in New Plymouth

In the rural New Zealand town of New Plymouth rugby-loving citizens are normally attuned to talking about the local rugby team, the Hurricanes, but a 45 metre tall wand erected for the millennium has…

Pompidou lyes down to get kinetic

Pompidou lyes down to get kinetic

Renowned New Zealand film-maker, kinetic sculptor and animator Len Lye is honoured with a show at the Pompidou Centre, Paris, France.