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Billy Apple Life/Work. Christina Barton
Apple is a trailblazing pop and conceptual artist who spent the majority of his early career working in New York which partially explains why he is not as widely known in NZ. He returned to NZ in 1990 where he built up an oeuvre that functions as a wry commentary on the institutions of the art world, and how value is created within the system of dealer galleries and the art market. Barton’s book is a great survey of the work of this always entertaining and thought-provoking artist.
Black Hands : Inside the Bain Family Murders. Martin Van Beynen
Respected senior journalist Martin Van Beynen has been following the Bain family murder case for decades and has felt compelled to write a detailed overview of the case for some years now. He has finally finished that job and here is the result. The Bain case is likely to keep on provoking intense debate for many years to come but Van Beynen’s book may at least contribute to a better informed one.
The Dark is Light Enough : Ralph Hotere : a Biographical Portrait. Vincent O’Sullivan
Coinciding with Ātete (to resist), a major career survey exhibition at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, comes the publication of a long-awaited biography of Hotere by his old friend and respected novelist Vincent O’Sullivan. Hotere was famously reticent when it came to discussing his artwork so we are lucky to have the insights provided in this book.
Endless Sea : Stories Told Through the Taonga of the New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui te Ananui a Tangaroa.Frances Walsh and Jane Ussher
Explore the amazing variety of objects and documents in the possession of the New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui te Ananui a Tangaroa in this beautifully illustrated survey of the collection.
From Suffrage to a Seat in the House : the Path to Parliament for New Zealand Women. Jenny Coleman
Women in New Zealand gained the right to vote in 1893 but it took a further 26 years before women were allowed to stand as candidates and another 14 before the first woman – Elizabeth McCombs – was elected MP for Lyttelton in 1933. Jenny Coleman investigates why it took four decades for women to finally share in the governing of the country.
A Lifetime in Galápagos. Tui De Roy
Tui de Roy is a world-renowned conservationist and wildlife photographer who grew up in the Galápagos islands and now runs a nature photography business from New Zealand. Her images of birds and animals here in the amazing other-worldly landscapes they inhabit are truly spectacular.
The New, New Zealand : Facing Demographic Disruption. Paul Spoonley
Professor Spoonley analyses the significant demographic trends that will impact on New Zealand over the coming decades and flags the kinds of planning that the Government will need to do in order to respond to the challenges these will throw up. New Zealand’s population passed the 5 million mark in March last year with more and more people in Auckland while the regions continue to decline. Understanding and responding to these and other demographic pressures is an urgent task.