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12:21 pm, December 31st, 2011 - 9 comments
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Ralph Hotere has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Given his contribution to art and to the political discourse, this is well deserved.
Congratulations Ralph, from all of us here at the Standard.
My partner who takes an active interest in NZ art is very impressed. She points out that the award should be seen not only in the context of his art. Like many people, she doesn’t ‘get’ his works; not everyone likes it at all.
But then again she says she can respect that it’s not safe and that he’s consistently pursued his vision over a lifetime. And she can see why it has had such a landmark impact.
More importantly, he’s been very good with other artists and been passionately committed to helping progress the arts community.
I’ve always enjoyed “This Might Be A Double Cross Jack” which has always seemed to me both stunning in look and commentary.
It’s a timely award – but not entirely unexpected. He is, by art word consensus, one of the most important living artists in New Zealand, nearing the end of his life and deserving of a gong. I’ve never found his work terribly challenging in that it sits comfortably within modernism and expressionism, but what really makes him significant is the way he speaks of certain aspects of New Zealandness through his collaborations with poets, and his environmental stands – and of course his witty “This Might Be A Double Cross Jack” and variations thereon…
Kia Ora Ralph!
and NZ on Screen- some great watching here…including Hone Tuwhare reading his poem…
I’m euchred I’m eclipsed
Happy New Year All!
also an incredibly young Bill Manhire as well!
Well deserved. Every time I return to the mother country I visit the Goreggenheim to view his work which I consider a privilege.
Yes very deserved and about time too.
His use of stainless steel and his baby iron works have always been favourites of mine.
Just a quick note – Hotere has been named a member of the Order of New Zealand, not the New Zealand Order of Merit. Two different orders. The ONZ is our highest honour and is limited to twenty members at any one time, while the NZM is given out fairly indiscriminately and has no membership cap.
Good reason to get rid of these so called “honours”. Look at the whole list objectively.