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Trish Clark Gallery

  • 1 Bowen Avenue
  • New Zealand

Taking our cue from the Guerilla Girls (now on at Auckland Art Gallery), our presentation at Auckland Art Fair 2019 is 100% women plus a sampling from the Guerilla Girls themselves. We draw together works from five New Zealand artists noted for their feminist stances and readings in their works: Alexis Hunter (deceased), Marie Shannon, Heather Straka, Christine Webster and Jennifer French. Sex, identity, consciousness, life, death, love and the domestic are explored through photography and painting by these five artists, all having produced strong bodies of work over solid decades of practice. Trish Clark Gallery’s AAF19 presentation of these five artists is timely and lively, drawing out large themes and inter-relationships through a tight grouping of works.

Hunter is the only New Zealand artist included in Vienna’s highly prestigious Verbund Collection of Feminist Avant-Garde; Shannon’s work is currently the subject of a touring survey exhibition; Straka continues to explore through diverse subject matter the singular question of identity that underpins all her work; Jennifer French explores consciousness, social and personal, in consistently enigmatic imagery; and Webster’s work from the 80’s and 90’s is stunningly prescient of contemporary gender issues.

37 years of high-level art world engagement underpins Trish Clark representing 21 artists across media and generations, including introducing renowned international artists Anthony McCall, Alfredo Jaar and Kimsoojato the Australasian region. Trish Clark Gallery opened its central Auckland location at 1 Bowen Avenue in 2014, 30 years after owner Trish Clark began her original gallery in Auckland’s High Street then representing such artists as Gordon Walters, Milan Mrkusich, Billy Apple, Stephen Bambury and Julia Morison. Undertaking freelance consultancy for 25 years to allow flexibility for raising her 3 children, in 1988 Trish established the New Zealand Moet & Chandon Art Foundation and directed it for 9 years; she consulted to and grew significant private and corporate collections; chaired Auckland Council’s Advisory Panel for Public Art 2009-2013; and continues to offer full-service expert independent consultancy.