Galleries of Maoriland : Artists, Collectors and the Maori World, 1880-1910
About the book
Galleries of Maoriland introduces us to the many ways in which Pakeha discovered, created, propagated and romanticised the Maori world at the turn of the century - in the paintings of Lindauer and Goldie, among artists, patrons, collectors and audiences; inside the Polynesian Society and the Dominion Museum; among stolen artefacts and fantastical accounts of the Maori past. The culture of Maoriland was a Pakeha creation. But Galleries of Maoriland shows that Maori were not merely passive victims: they too had a stake in this process of romanticisation. What, this book asks, were some of the Maori purposes that were served by curio displays, portrait collections, and the wider ethnological culture? Why did the idealisation of an ancient Maori world, which obsessed ethnological inquirers and artists alike, appeal also to Maori? Who precisely were the Maori participants in this culture, and what were their motives? Galleries of Maoriland looks at Maori prehistory in Pakeha art; the enthusiasm of Pakeha and Maori for portraiture and recreations of ancient life; the trade in Maori curios; and the international exhibition of this colonial culture. By illuminating New Zealand's artistic and ethnographic economy at the turn of the twentieth century, this book provides a new understanding of our art and our culture.
Roger Blackley Biography
Roger Allan Blackley (29 July 1953 – 15 May 2019) was a New Zealand art historian, author, and curator. He was a noted authority on the work of artist C. F. Goldie.
Early life and educationBlackley was born in Masterton in 1953. He studied art history at the University of Auckland, graduating Master of Arts with first-class honours. His 1978 master's thesis Writing Alfred Sharpe was a study of the painting and writing of the 19th-century landscape artist Alfred Sharpe.
CareerFrom 1983 to 1998, Blackley was the curator of historical New Zealand art at Auckland Art Gallery, and in 1992, his MA thesis was published as the exhibition catalogue to accompany the exhibition The Art of Alfred Sharpe at that gallery. Other exhibitions curated by Blackley include Two Centuries of New Zealand Landscape Art in 1990, as part of the 150th anniversary commemorations of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi; and an exhibition of the work of Albin Martin in 1988, which toured nationally.Blackley wrote a number of books, including the bestselling Goldie (1997). In that book, he challenged the prevailing view of art historians at the time that C. F. Goldie's portraits of Māori were racist and patronising, instead arguing that Māori held Goldie and his artistic skills in high regard and that his subjects had control over how they were portrayed by Goldie. Blackley became an expert on the works of Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer, and advised on the authenticity of those artists' works.In 1998, Blackley was appointed as a lecturer in art history at Victoria University of Wellington, and rose to the academic rank of associate professor. He continued his curatorial activities, producing two exhibitions and accompanying catalogues for the Adam Art Gallery. His research at Victoria focused on the Victorian and Edwardian cultures of collecting, culminating in his 2016 PhD thesis and the subsequent book, Galleries of Maoriland: Artists, Collectors and the Māori World, 1880–1910, published by Auckland University Press in 2018. The book was shortlisted for the 2019 Ernest Scott Prize.Blackley died in Wellington on 15 May 2019.
Published worksPublished works by Blackley include: Goldie (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1997). Galleries of Maoriland: Artists, Collectors and the Maori World, 1880–1910 (Auckland University Press, 2018). Stray Leaves: Colonial Trompe L'Oeil Drawings (Victoria University Press, 2001). Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki: The Guide (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in association with Scala Publishers, London, 2001). Te Mata: The Ethnological Portrait (Adam Art Gallery and Victoria University Press, 2010). The Art of Alfred Sharpe (Auckland City Art Gallery and David Bateman, 1992).
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|Publisher:||Auckland University Press|
|Languages:||| English ||
|Publication date:||March 21, 2019|
|First Publication Date:||None|
|Publication City/Country:||Auckland, New Zealand|