Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Here’s something that hasn’t turned up on the Auckland Art Gallery blog. For everyone who wondered about what Gallery staff got up to when they weren’t condition reporting John Reynolds’ Cloud canvases, now you know: they’re doing a spot of parody painting. The result, a McCahonesque I AM with matching waterfall. The signature is H Clark, but she would no doubt deny it was by her hand. The wall work can be viewed from Albert Park as walls are pulled down in preparation for rebuilding. In the meantime it looks like the demolition gang (either influenced by Popeye or subtly referencing McCahon’s kumura paintings) has tweaked the text to read: I YAM.