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Curator’s Talk | Leo Bensemann & Friends: Portraiture and The Group
April 12, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Leo Bensemann, Caroline Oliver (1940), oil on board.
Join Curator Peter Simpson for a discussion of his exhibition Leo Bensemann & Friends: Portraiture and The Group.
Curated by Simpson for the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington, this intriguing exhibition showcasing the portrait paintings by The Group, a collective of outstanding 20th century New Zealand artists.
Portraits by and of Leo Bensemann are foremost among 50 outstanding examples created by the Christchurch-based artists known as The Group, in the middle decades of last century. Drawn from private and public collections, names such as Evelyn Page, Olivia Spencer Bower, Rita Angus, Toss Woollaston, Doris Lusk and Colin McCahon come to life as both subjects and artists.
Collectively, says Peter Simpson, they re-invented the art of portraiture for their time and place, and provided images of their contemporaries which are vividly alive and still speak eloquently to us living in another century.