News Flash: Billy Apple at 2015 Festival

An exciting first partnership project was announced last night as part of the Auckland Art Gallery's Vision Launch.

Apple MPMA 1963 detail

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki Director Rhana Devenport announced highlights of the Gallery's exhibition programme for the next year, outlining a series of quality events featuring the best of art from around Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.

Included in the extensive programme, in partnership with the Auckland Arts Festival, is the largest-ever retrospective of celebrated Auckland artist, Billy Apple. Titled The artist has to live like everybody else, 14 March - 21 June 2015, the retrospective will open during the Auckland Arts Festival (4-22 March) and will mark the first substantial survey of Apple's work to be seen in New Zealand and the world.

Curated by Christina Barton, the exhibition profiles Apple's prolific career spanning more than 50 years. An active player in key art movements from the 1960's to the present, Apple is a key contemporary artist who has made significant contributions to the histories of Pop art, light art, Conceptual art, performance and installation art.

IMAGE credit: Billy Apple, Motion Picture Meets the Apple 1963. Courtesy of the Chartwell Collection (detail).