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Christie's Paris presents 'OCEANIA NOW: Contemporary Art from the Pacific'

John Pule, We stayed all day, 2021. Oil, varnish, ink, pastel and enamel paint on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Kelcy Taratoa, Te Toi-o-nga-rangi, 2021. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Cora-Allan Wickcliffe, The Caves of Kings, 2021. Vegetable-based inks (Togo and Kāpia) and paint (Whenua) on Hiapo (barkcloth). Courtesy of the artist.
Dame Robin White, Oneraki, 2012. Earth pigment and natural dye on barkcloth. Courtesy of the artist.
Roger Mortimer, Whitianga, 2021. Watercolour, gold dust, pencil and acrylic lacquer on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
A new physical exhibition and online sale featuring 36 works from 14 Pacific artists.


Organised by Christie’s African and Oceanic Art and Post-War & Contemporary Art departments in Paris, 'OCEANIA NOW: Contemporary Art from the Pacific' is the first dedicated auction of works by contemporary artists from the Pacific hosted by this prestigious institution. It also represents a unique opportunity for the French and international market to engage with some of the most important emerging and established artists from the Pacific today. 

Working in collaboration with Alison Bartley and John Gow, two of the most influential and established gallerists in New Zealand, Christie’s has selected 36 works from 14 contemporary artists from Māori and Pākehā whakapapa as well as hailing from the Cook Islands, Rarotonga, Sāmoa, Niue and other nations within the Pacific. 

Participating artists include: Shane Cotton, Brett Graham, Lyonel Grant, Nikau Hindin, Yuki Kihara, Roger Mortimer, Fiona Pardington, John Pule, Lisa Reihana, Mahiriki Tangaroa, Kelcy Taratoa, John Walsh, Dame Robin White, and Cora-Allan Wickcliffe.

The exhibition is free and open to the public from 11 - 26 February, while the online auction runs from 11 February - 01 March 2022.

Contemporary HUM is proud to be a media partner for this unprecedented event. 

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Contemporary HUM

15 Feb 2022

Launched in 2016, Contemporary HUM is a forum generating critical discussion of Aotearoa New Zealand visual arts presented overseas. HUM is the only platform dedicated to the international activity of creative practitioners from New Zealand who are working or living abroad.