Author(s): Justin Paton
The De-Building handbook accompanies Christchurch Art Gallery's De-Building exhibition (5 February - 15 May 2011), judged by Warren Feeny to be 'easily the Christchurch Art Gallery's finest group show since it opened in 2003'. (EyeContact review, 9th Feb2011). Curated by Justin Paton, with works by Billy Apple, Monica Bonvicini, Eddie Clemens, Susan Collis, Fiona Connor, Glen Hayward, Pierre Huyghe, Liz Larner. Gordon Matta-Clark, Callum Morton, Peter Robinson, Kay Rosen, Santiago Sierra and Rachel Whiteread.
'De-Building effortlessly rises above the specifics of its curatorial brief to take the gallery visitor 'behind the scenes,' instead addressing far more engaging speculation about the frailties of human behaviour and the tenuous values we assign to art. De-Building brings together an impressive line up of 14 artists from New Zealand, Germany, Great Britain, France, the United States and Spain across four generations of arts practice for all the right reasons. It confidently shifts from an art historical treatise on conceptual art to a survey show of international practice to a showcase of recent acquisitions by the Christchurch Art Gallery.' - Warren Feeney.
Shortlisted for PANZ Book Design Awards: Best Typography 2012 and PANZ Book Design Awards: Best Illustrated Book 2012.