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Speaker: Marcus King: A cocktail of art and industry

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  • Graham Dunster,

    Hi Peter

    Thanks for the information on the breadth of Marcus King's talent and output, looking forward to getting this latest book for my next significant date!

    As we have touched on briefly outside this forum, and having seen the wonderful exhibition of travel posters in Rotorua recently, wouldn't it be wonderful if it were possible to buy full size (or even just large) reprints of the posters? The existing books are wonderful but not able to be hung on the wall.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2009 • 184 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Alsop,

    Hi Graham. Thx for your comment. Try NZ fine Prints, they may have a size suitable and have been good supporters of my publishing endeavours.
    http://www.prints.co.nz/page/fine-art/CTGY/Vintage_Posters
    Peter

    Wellington • Since Aug 2012 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Peter Alsop,

    Hi Graham. Thx for your comment. Try NZ fine Prints, they may have a size suitable and have been good supporters of my publishing endeavours.

    Ah, thanks for that. There are a few people around selling crappy colour laser prints off the back of your work, so its nice to be directed to somewhere reputable.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22749 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac,

    Wonderful study of a career, and how nice to know more about this iconic artist.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to TracyMac,

    Wonderful study of a career, and how nice to know more about this iconic artist.

    Indeed, especially having admired some of those images from Peter's previous books.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22749 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    He puts me in mind of Maxfield Parrish and Dali…

    Great to see Warren Feeney helping to bring these cultural gems to light in this the International Year of Light!

    There are a few people around selling crappy colour laser prints off the back of your work

    There’s lot of it about, I was disappointed to find all those little stalls selling books and prints along the Seine in Paris are mostly colour lasers or dodgy reprints.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Alsop,

    We thought of mentioning Parrish but didnt in the end. When I first told Paul Hartigan about the book in 2013 he said to me "ahhh, NZ's Maxfield Parrish". I think Parrish was probably a few more notches along the fantasy spectrum?

    Wellington • Since Aug 2012 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Peter Alsop,

    I think Parrish was probably a few more notches along the fantasy spectrum?

    NZ probably wasn't ready for androgyny back then either :- )
    - but Parrish did other stuff too.
    It's more the colours, compositions and I guess the print processes of the time (rotogravure, lithography, silk screen, etc) were sympathetic to his vision - modern print just can't seem to lay colour down the same way and the most of the inks are no longer made or used.
    We live in a murky watered down world nowadays by comparison...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Parrish did other stuff too.

    Some of his early black & white stuff was stunning.
    Maxfield Parrish's illustration for A Hill Prayer by Mirian Warner Wildman
    Century Magazine, December, 1899.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Alsop,

    Was on the tip of my tounge earlier re the different aesthetic of digital prints versus the lithographs and screenprints of the day. Chalk and cheese, though different strokes for different folks. The touring exhibition 'Selling the Dream' is a great chance over the next 18 months or so (various venues) to see how good the originals look. Separately, I hope a King specific exhibit can emerge to showcase some of his murals and Impressionism.

    Wellington • Since Aug 2012 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    L’age d’or…

    Maxfield Parrish’s illustration for A Hill Prayer

    Now the whole granulated silver gelatin otherworldliness of that puts me in mind of the fine work of Hannes Bok and Virgil Finlay a coupla decades on in the ‘pulps’…
    … a Golden era indeed, we have transmuted through the Iron age and I fear the Leaden age is upon us – though not without some gems on view…

    …which reminds me (a memo from the front brain) :

    Artists Maryrose Crook and Wilhelmus Ruifrok join forces in an exhibition that explores themes of memory, nostalgia and references history and the environment at a newly established art gallery in Lyttelton.
    50 Works Gallery will open with its first exhibition on 28 November 2015 at 50 London Street, Lyttelton, Chchch.

    http://neatplaces.co.nz/events/new-zealand/canterbury/christchurch/art-exhibition-public-art/exhibition-maryrose-crook-wilhelmus-ruifrok-50-works-gallery/

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Peter Alsop,

    Was on the tip of my tounge earlier re the different aesthetic of digital prints versus the lithographs and screenprints of the day. Chalk and cheese, though different strokes for different folks.

    I spent a bit of time thinking through this problem. I made a series of silk screened prints on stretched canvas. These where four colour prints – CNYK – using acrylic paint rather than ink. The original image was created from a digital photograph, then colour separated in Photoshop and printed as stencils on acetate. The results where predictably weird.

    Peter, during your research into the influence these tourism artists have had on our cultural development – have you had much feedback from Maori arts academics?

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4310 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Alsop, in reply to steven crawford,

    Sounds like an interesting print experiment. In regards Maori academic feedback, not much (reflecting my effort, not theirs!). Mark Derby, who is well-respected in matters-Maori, wrote a nice piece on the role of Maori in early tourism publicity in 'Selling the Dream'. Warren and I also studied the new book by Dr Rangihiroa Panohoa as part of the King book. I think there is a good book on the role of Maori in early advertising of NZ (beyond posters into glass slides and other things) - any keen co-authors of that, let me know.

    Wellington • Since Aug 2012 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Graham Dunster, in reply to Peter Alsop,

    Thanks, Peter, looks like there's enough available at NZ Fine Prints to keep me quiet for a while.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2009 • 184 posts Report Reply

  • B Jones,

    I fell down the rabbit hole at Fine Prints a couple of weeks ago while trying to explain From Mickey to Tiki to my kids, who think it's awesome. I may not emerge with my mortgage balance intact.

    I can't believe I had no idea who painted the signing of the Treaty - for some reason I assumed it was from the 19th rather than 20th century, despite the style. I think I might have pinched it for a slideshow once. Always nice to understand a bit more about these things, thank you for that.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 976 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Alsop, in reply to B Jones,

    I can’t believe I had no idea who painted the signing of the Treaty

    Don’t worry, when it comes to ignoring the artist, you’re in the great company of Gareth Morgan (https://garethsworld.com/treaty/treaty-justice-triumph-commonsense/ ), The Listener and many more!

    Wellington • Since Aug 2012 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Glenn Pearce,

    Is there any information on when/where the Selling the Dream exhibition is coming to Auckland?

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 499 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Alsop,

    Re prints, I should have also thought to mention that the Alexander Turnbull Library is a great source for ordering image prints.

    Wellington • Since Aug 2012 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Alsop,

    Is there any information on when/where the Selling the Dream exhibition is coming to Auckland?

    Sadly no Auckland venue yet but Canterbury Museum are still exploring it. Be great show for Auckland Museum. Is at Hastings now or soon, will also go to Hamilton, few mins down the motorway.

    Wellington • Since Aug 2012 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Glenn Pearce, in reply to Peter Alsop,

    Thanks, hope a venue is found in Auckland at some stage. Smyth Galleries in Herne Bay had an exhibition of collection of the posters a few years ago that was fantastic.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 499 posts Report Reply

  • B Jones, in reply to Peter Alsop,

    I should have also thought to mention that the Alexander Turnbull Library is a great source for ordering image prints.

    Whoops, another rabbit hole to fall down. That has some cool stuff.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 976 posts Report Reply

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