Peter McLeavey: The life and times of a New Zealand art dealer
"This is a biography of the Wellington art dealer, Peter McLeavey. It charts the development of contemporary art in New Zealand. The research is based on McLeavey's extensive archive, exhibition files and letters to and from artists around New Zealand, including Colin McCahon, To... read full description below.
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||18 October 2013 by Te Papa Press
||By Trevelyan, Jill
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||Art, New Zealand, Art dealers - Biography - New Zealand, McLeavey, Peter Joseph
||Biography: The Arts
Description of this Book
From Montana award-winning author Jill Trevelyan comes the first biography of Peter McLeavey, the charismatic, pioneering art dealer who since the 1950s has shaped - even transformed - New Zealand art. McLeavey's personal story is remarkable but in it, his contemporaries will recognise common themes: the religious upbringing; the struggle to be bohemian in a repressive mid-century small town; the quiet agonies of marriage and children, the need to make a mark. Through exclusive access to McLeavey's extensive and hitherto untapped archive of letters, diaries, exhibition files and more, this book offers insights into the artists McLeavey has represented across half a century. Here, in their own words - lively, salty, and often heart-breaking - are Colin McCahon, Toss Woollaston, Len Lye, Milan Mrkusich, Michael Smither, Gordon Walters, Michael Illingworth, Don Driver, Robin White, John Reynolds, Yvonne Todd and many, many more. Far more than a simple biography, this is the big story of contemporary New Zealand art itself, in a period of massive change and growth, and Trevelyan offers an utterly fresh and compelling historical account of the birth of the modern art market and the status of art today. A must-read for anyone interested in New Zealand's art, culture or recent history.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Winner of New Zealand Post Book Awards General Non Fiction 2014 (New Zealand)
Winner of New Zealand Post Book Awards Book of the Year 2014 (New Zealand)
Winner of New Zealand Post Book Awards: General Non-Fiction 2014
Short-listed for PANZ Book Design Awards: Best Illustrated Book 2014
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Jill Trevelyan is a curator and writer specialising in twentieth-century New Zealand art. She was the editor of Toss Woollaston: A life in letters (Te Papa Press, 2004); co-curator of Te Papa's exhibition Rita Angus: Life & vision, 2008, and co-editor of the accompanying catalogue; and author of Rita Angus: An artist's life (Te Papa Press, 2008). She lives in Wellington.