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Robin White Something is happening here


Main Details

Title Robin White Something is happening here
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Sarah Farrar
By (author) Nina Tonga
By (author) Jill Trevelyan
Physical Properties
Category/GenreMay Titles for Young Adult Readers
May Non Fiction for Young Adult Readers
Art of indigenous peoples
Individual artists and art monographs
Exhibition catalogues and specific collections
ISBN/Barcode 9780995138438

Publishing Details

Publisher Te Papa Press
Imprint Te Papa Press
NZ Release Date 12 May 2022
Publication Country New Zealand


Robin White: Something is happening Here is the first book to be devoted to Robin Whites art in 40 years. Its assessment of her remarkable 50 years as an artist includes fresh perspectives by 24 writers and interviewees from Australia, the Pacific and Aotearoa New Zealand and celebrates her status as one of our most important artists. Including more than 150 of her artworks, from early watercolour and drawings through to the exquisite recent collaborations with Pasifika artists, as well as photographs from throughout Robin Whites career, this book captures the life of a driven, bold, much-loved artist whose practice engages with the world and wrestles with its complexities.

Author Biography

Dr Sarah Farrar is the Head of Curatorial and Learning at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. She is the former Senior Curator Art at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, held curatorial positions at City Gallery Wellington and is a graduate of the prestigious De Appel Curatorial Programme in the Netherlands. Sarah has been a member of Creative New Zealands New Zealand at Venice project team andWellington City Councils Public Art Panel, and has contributed essays and articles to peer-reviewed journals, international art magazines and museum publications. Dr Nina Tonga is Curator Contemporary Art at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She is from the villages of Vaini and Kolofoou in the Kingdom of Tonga and was born and raised in New Zealand. Nina has been involved in a number of writing and curatorial projects in New Zealand and the wider Pacific and was Curator of the Honolulu Biennial 2019. Her exhibitions include Home AKL (2012) at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Tonga i Onopooni (2014) at Pataka Art + Museum, Tivaevae: Out of the Glory Box (2015) and Pacific Sisters: Fashion Activists (2018-2019) at Te Papa. Jill Trevelyan is a Wellington art historian and curator. She is the editor of Toss Woollaston: A Life in Letters (Te Papa Press, 2004) and the co-author of Rita Angus: Live to Paint & Paint to Live (Random House, 2001). Her biography of Peter McLeavey won the book of the year award at the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards.