Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki presents Gordon Walters: New Vision, a major retrospective of one of New Zealand’s foremost modern artists, opening Saturday 7 July. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to experience the full spectrum of Walters’ sophisticated abstraction. It includes more than 130 artworks: from the early surrealist drawings of the mid-1940s and colourful gouache paintings of the 1950s, through to the visually complex koru series of the 1970s, and the later, refined geometric works. Gordon Walters: New Vision begins with the surviving paintings first seen in Walters’ milestone 1966 exhibition at Auckland’s New Vision Gallery, when Walters chose – after many years of working in isolation – to make his abstract artworks public. With unprecedented access to the private archives of the Walters Estate, this exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s complete body of work, including preparatory sketches and notebooks. Auckland Art Gallery Director Rhana Devenport says this is the most significant exhibition of Walters’ work to date.
(Photo: Gordon Walters, Genealogy 5, 1971, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Gift of Dame Jenny GIbbs in honour of Chris Saines, Gallery Director (1996–2013))