Bill Culbert represents NZ at Venice - Art Collector

Bill Culbert, HUT, made in Christchurch, 2012. Installation view, Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland, 2012. Courtesy: the artist and Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland

4 June 2012 | Sculptor and installation artist Bill Culbert is the New Zealand representative to the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.

Culbert was selected by commissioner Jenny Harper, the director of the Christchurch Art Gallery.

The 77-year-old is known for his use of electric light and found materials. "Bill makes marvellous work, constantly re-investigating how light works and revitalising how we think of it," says Harper. "Venice is a wonderful platform for us to celebrate his individual achievements and to continue to present the richness of this country's visual arts practice. It will be fascinating to see how he responds to a venue that is both spatially and historically rich."

The NZ pavilion will be at the Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà (La Pietà) on the Riva degli Schiavoni. It includes an outdoor courtyard and Culbert will be able to extend his presentation down to the edges of the Grand Canal.

The curator of the exhibition is Justin Paton, senior curator at the Christchurch Art Gallery and author of the well-received art title
How to look at a painting.

Previous NZ representatives include Michael Parekowhai, Peter Robinson and Francis Upritchard.

Jane O'Sullivan

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