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Kaleidoscope - Attitudes Towards Landscape Television (Full Length) – 1987 Arts/Culture

Kaleidoscope - Attitudes Towards Landscape

Television (Full Length) – 1987 Arts/Culture

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This short documentary series looked at New Zealand's landscape art from the arrival of Pākehā up until the 1980s. The four episodes moved from the development of a local version of the European tradition (through artists such as John Gully and Petrus van der Velden) through to the homegrown modernism emerging in the 20th Century: the distinct hard-edged styles of Binney, White and Smither, the spiritual abstracts of McCahon and Woollaston, to the later impact of Māori artists like Hotere, Whiting and Kahukiwa.

I don't think that I ever approached a landscape from just a sort of total realism. The landscape had to be controlled and restructured, composed into pictorial space.
– Doris Lusk