New Zealand Arts Review

Reviews, News and Commentary by John Daly-Peoples

Film Review: The Painter and the Thief

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The Painter and the Thief Directed by Benjamin Ree Release date, December 26 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples “The Painter and the Thief “is an intriguing documentary partly because the film has evolved organically over several years with a vague initial objective which was reshaped by unforeseen events and unintended outcomes. In […]

Toi Tu Toi Ora – The vitality of contemporary Maori art

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoplwes Toi  Tu Toi Ora: Contemporary Maori Art Auckland Art Gallery Until May 9, 2021 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The Auckland Art Gallery’s latest blockbuster show “Toi  Tu Toi Ora” is not  just big with 300 works by 111 artists it is also important in providing an overview of Maori art of […]

A captivating Sleeping Beauty from the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Sleeping Beauty Royal New Zealand BalletKiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre, AucklandUntil November 6thThen Bruce Mason Theatre, Takapuna November 11 & 12 Reviewed by John DalyPeoples This week on the stage of the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Kate Kadow, in the role of Princess Aurora, […]

How the railways helped create New Zealand

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Railways Studios: How a Government Design Studio Helped Build New Zealand A definitive illustrated history of the graphic work of the railways studios. By Peter Alsop, Neill Atkinson, Katherine Milburn and Richard Wolfe  Te Papa Press RRP : $70.00 Reviewed by John Daly-Peopl;es In 1920 New Zealand Railways established its own […]

Ann Robinson and Terry Stringer exhibit new work

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Terry Stringer, Aspects Ann Robinson, Lightwell Artis Gallery Until November 29 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Both Ann Robinson and Terry Stringer have art practices that stretch back 50 years to their time at art school. Over that time they have continued to produce innovation work and have been at the forefront […]

APO’s Fairytale concert transports audience to new realms

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Fairytale Romance ICBC Great Classics Auckland Town Hall November 5 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The three works on  the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s  “Fairytale Romance” programme were examples of different styles of composition, from the carefully constructed. Mozart through the fanciful music of Mendelssohn to the expressive Brahms Serenade […]

Looking for the ghost of Robin Hyde

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples “Shining Land, Looking for Robin Hyde” by Paula Morris and Haru Sameshima Massey University Press RRP $45 Publication Date: November 12th Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The cover illustration for ”Shining Land” by Paula Morris and Haru Sameshima’s new book about Robin Hyde is rather puzzling. A group of trees in park […]

Installation at ACAG reflects on the Australian bush fires and other world crises

Reviewed by John Dasly-Peoples Alicia Frankovich: AQI2020 Auckland Art Gallery Until November 8, 11.30am–3.30pm daily Late night performance. Friday 6 November  from 5-9pm Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Alicia Frankovich’s work AQI2020 at the Auckland Art Gallery is a three dimensional installation /performance referencing the bush fires  which raged on Australia’s east Coast last summer. The […]

NZ Opera’s stunning interpretation of Handel’s Semele

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples “Semele” by George Frideric Handel New Zealand Opera Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell Until November 6 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples God arrived at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell this week in the form of Jupiter who disrupted  the wedding ceremony of Semele the  daughter of Cadmus, king of Thebes, to Athamas. […]


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