Edith Collier

Early New Zealand modernist

Jill Trevelyan, Jennifer Taylor and Greg Donson

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Hard cover


Rediscovering a remarkable woman painter

Published to coincide with the reopening of the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui, this substantial and handsome book examines the continuing impact of Whanganui-born and British-trained Edith Collier and her artistic legacy. 

In an era of growing international interest in women artists, Collier’s work is finding a new audience via books, exhibitions, documentary films and other projects. 

Edith Collier was a dynamic modernist, and the story of her years in Europe and then her return to New Zealand and the near abandonment of her practice are compelling as both art history and an affecting human story. A century on, her remarkable body of work remains fresh and contemporary. 

Featuring over 150 artworks, this book’s major essay by award-winning art writer Jill Trevelyan and its collection of guest essays offer a deep and rich immersion in Collier’s craft. 

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  • CATEGORY: Art, design and architecture
  • ISBN: 9781991016768
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 12/09/2024
  • PAGE EXTENT: 256
  • FORMAT: Hard cover
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Jill Trevelyan is a writer and curator who first encountered the art of Edith Collier at the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui during the 1990s.

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Jennifer Taylor works closely with the Edith Collier Trust Collection on a daily basis as Curator of Collections at the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui.

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Greg Donson has been Curator and Programmes Manager at the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui since 2007, and is responsible for the development and implementation of the exhibition programme, including publications.