Born in the Waikato in 1943, Barbara Tuck’s painterly expedition of five decades has been characterised by restlessness. Her engagement with painting has been driven by travel and wide-ranging reading across art, philosophy, poetry and science.
Eschewing the idea of a survey or retrospective, this exhibition and publication open the artist’s recent work to new varieties of scrutiny. The exhibition samples paintings made by the artist between 1999 and the present. This selection has been determined not by the artist nor a curator, but instead through a collaborative exchange with the publication’s writers.
Delirium Crossing features fifteen new texts from a multi-generational group of leading Aotearoa art writers, curators, artists, and art historians, who have responded to this invitation by offering their unique perspectives. These deepen our appreciation of Tuck’s work, but also tell us something about how painting is understood in our times.
This exhibition has been developed as a partnership between Anna Miles Gallery, Ramp Gallery and Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery. The publication has been generously supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.
Image Credit: Caterpillar Chemistry, 2012, oil on board, 800 x 800mm. Collection of Kate Small.