This exhibition is the latest instalment in the Collection Focus series. Ralph Hotere ONZ (Te Aupōuri b.1931, d.2013) is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most significant late twentieth century artists. A New Zealand artist of Māori descent, Hotere produced works in a variety of innovative and industrial materials, often with themes of protest. Hotere regularly worked with other artists and, over a twenty year period, produced lithographic prints in collaboration with master printmaker Marian Maguire.
One of his most impressive lithographic projects, the ‘Round Midnight’ suite, is shown in this exhibition. It comprises of thirteen prints, one for each month of the year, with a final image. The title is taken from a jazz composition by Thelonious Monk. Hotere had already produced several paintings titled ‘Round Midnight’ on black lacquered corrugated iron and aluminium, and the lithography process allowed him to explore further possibilities with the same subject.
Jennifer Taylor Moore, Curator of Collections