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City Gallery Post-Lockdown Pub Quiz

How much do you know about New Zealand art? Try our quiz. Challenge another bubble.

Which New Zealand artist painted herself as a smoking modern woman in 1937?

Who joined her on a painting trip to remote Cass the previous year?

In 1941, who wrote the manifesto ‘Individual Happiness Now’ with British writer Robert Graves?

In 1947, who wrote ‘New Zealand’s Oldest Art Galleries’ and what were they?

What is New Zealand’s oldest (conventional) public art gallery?

In 1948, who said McCahon’s work ‘might pass as graffiti on the walls of some celestial lavatory’? 

When did McCahon move to Auckland to work at Auckland City Art Gallery?

Who was Director of the Gallery back then?

When did Bill Culbert leave New Zealand?

Who was born Barrie Bates?

When did he go blond?

When did Peter McLeavey open his Wellington gallery?

Who curated New Zealand Māori Culture and the Contemporary Scene in 1966?

Who said: ‘My work is an investigation of positive/negative relationships within a deliberately limited range of forms.’

Where and when did he first show his koru paintings?

Who was Otago University’s first Hodgkins Fellow?

When was Gordon Brown and Hamish Keith’s book New Zealand Painting: An Introduction first published?

Of whose work was it said: ‘When you offer only three vertical lines precisely drawn and set into a dark pool of lacquer it is a visual kind of starvation’.

Who wrote that?

What was the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s opening show?

Who was its Director?

When was Ngā Puna Waihanga formed?

What was it?

When was the first issue of Art New Zealand published?

Whose work was on the cover?

Who painted Drinking Couple: Fraser Analysing My Words? And who was Fraser?

Where did Jeffrey Harris go to art school?

When did Richard Killeen make his first cutout?

Who was crucified in Christchurch the same year?

When did Wellington City Art Gallery open and who was the Director?

What was his last job?

What was ANZART?

Has Marina Abramovic ever performed publicly in New Zealand?

When did Wellington’s Women’s Gallery open?

That year, to where did Robin White and her family relocate?

What’s White’s religion?

And what’s her tribal affiliation?

Auckland art dealer Gary Langsford played guitar in which famous New Zealand band?

When and where did Te Māori open?

At Art in Dunedin in 1984, who made music using his own dripping urine?

Who made Gates of the Goddess: A Southern Crossing Attended by the Goddess and when?

What was it made of?

Cass Altarpiece has been described as ‘expressionism with nothing to express’. Who painted it?

What Christchurch artist based much of her work on alchemy and kabbalah?

Who depicted herself as a rat and a tiger?

When did Auckland’s Artspace open?

How many buildings has it occupied? 

What New Zealand artist featured in the show Magiciennes de la Terre in Paris in 1989.

What do Marlene Cubewell and Merit Gröting have in common?

Which Lyttelton artist had a game-changing experience in the subantarctic?

What did The Active Eye, Views/Exposures, and Imposing Narratives have in common?

In Views/Exposures, who presented five identical images of his own naked torso?

Who dressed-up her Uncle Hugh (then suffering from dementia) to restage a series of iconic historical photos? 

Which artist died at Waitangi aged 50, the day after the 1990 Waitangi Day celebrations?

Who did his pe’a?

Who photographed him getting it?

With him, which two other painters comprised the Militant Artists Union?

How old were both Clairmont and Giovanni Intra when they died?

In 1992, who based the design of his exhibition catalogue cover after the one for the Nazis’ 1937 Degenerate Art show?

In 1994, Hamilton city councillor Russ Rimmington was reported in the media saying: ‘I’ve got a mind as broad as a Roman sewer, but this is just sleaze.’ What was he describing?

In 1997, who ‘stole’ McCahon’s Urewera Triptych and why?

How did they hide it?

Where did they steal it from?

Who designed that building?

What photobook was described as ‘a charismatic exposé of the hideous truths and self-conscious mythologies of unemployed psychopaths who frequent Verona cafe and actually believe in drag’.

Who said it?

When did New Zealand start going to the Venice Biennale?

Who did we send?

What was the Bart Wells Institute?

Yvonne Todd won the inaugural Walters Prize in 2002. Who was the judge and what was the name of her winning photographic series?

Who was in the hot seat longest: Paula Savage as Director of City Gallery Wellington or Chris Saines as Director of Auckland Art Gallery? 

When did Bill Culbert represent New Zealand in the Venice Biennale?

In recent years, Christchurch Art Gallery acquired five ‘significant’ works by Martin Creed, Antony Gormley, Ron Mueck, Michael Parekōwhai, and Bridget Riley. Why five?

Who won the Walters Prize in 2016 for a video where he spoke to animals?

Who has been the Herald’s art critic for over fifty years and is known for wearing a cape?

What group protested Luke Willis Thompson’s inclusion in the 2018 Turner Prize?

Answers here.