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2021 Selection Committee Bios

CHRISTINA BARTON

Christina Barton is Director of Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi at Victoria University of Wellington. She is a respected art historian and curator with a particular interest in contemporary art as it has evolved in New Zealand and the history of conceptual art.

She leads the programme at the Adam and has been responsible for several important exhibitions there, including major solo shows by Joseph Kosuth, Vivian Lynn, Kim Pieters, Anthony McCall, Simon Denny, Ruth Buchanan and Luke Willis Thompson; and curated projects bringing international and local artists together such as John Panting with Peter Robinson; Patrick Pound and Sherrie Levine with Walker Evans; Lieko Shiga with Francis Alÿs and Paul Johns; and Jacqueline Fraser with Jack Smith and Bill Henson.

She curated Billy Apple’s substantial retrospective: Billy Apple®: The Artist Has to Live Like Everybody Else at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in 2015 and has completed a monograph on the artist to be published in 2020.

 

RYAN MOORE

Ryan Moore is Director of Fine Arts, Sydney, which he opened in 2017. Moore was previously a Director at Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, United Kingdom, where he was based from 2008.

 

JUSTIN PATON

Justin Paton has been Head Curator of International Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia since 2014. He was previously Senior Curator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.

An acclaimed art writer whose 2005 book How to Look at a Painting was a category winner in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, he was also the Katherine Mansfield Fellow in Menton, France in 2012. In addition to his regular column A longer look for Art News New Zealand, Justin is the author of recent catalogue essays on Adrián Villar Rojas, Ben Quilty, Ronnie van Hout, Tom Polo and Kushana Bush, among others.

Justin took part in the Museum of Modern Art/Center for Curatorial Leadership International Curatorial Institute at MoMA in 2018. His book on Colin McCahon will be published by Penguin Random House New Zealand and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in late 2019. He Instagram posts on ‘pieces of painting’ @justin.m.paton.

 

MICHAEL LETT

Michael Lett is a Director of Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland. Lett opened the gallery in 2003 and since then has represented some of New Zealand’s most significant artists including Michael Parekowhai, Shane Cotton, Jacqueline Fraser, Simon Denny and Zac Langdon- Pole. The gallery presents projects by international and emerging artists, and regularly exhibits at international arts fairs.