Friday, 31 December 2010

Downtown Auckland

What a way to start a holiday, a 12 hour sleep in a marshmallow bed at a swanky hotel right in the middle of town.

Dig the spiral staircase.

The city was slow to wake up and we had it to ourselves first thing in the morning. Sky tower the obligatory 1st stop.

Of course the guys in the orange 'jump suits' are about 20, who else leaps of off tall buildings?!**

Well apart from superwoman here!

If you look hard you can just make out the toes of my shoes.

I don't know how, but I managed to persuade C into the Auckland City Library for the Shades of Grey exhibition, about the life of Sir George Grey, explorer, politician AND Book lover.

For an army officer he had some very fine sketch books.

He was also a collector of books, this Rossdhu Book of Hours from the 1460's

A copy of Blake's Europe and America, and extremely rarely bound together in one volume, plates etched and printed by William Blake.

An 18th century Ethiopian manuscript, handwritten on paper and illustrated with small water colours.

And a great little exhibition of local photographs and postcards from 1890's to about the 1980's

And then into Auckland Art Gallery. Some really powerful portraits, late 19th and early 20th century by Charles Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer.

Plus an exhibition of work by contemporary New Zealand artists.

I now feel I should have looked harder, but my impression at the time was that contemporary art (from most western countries) shares common sensibilities, so apart from a personal preference for individual pieces, the work could have been form anywhere and I could be in any one of many fine national galleries.

Window displays . . . .

The ugly sisters

Cinderella and her prince

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