Gretchen Albrecht

between gesture and geometry

Luke Smythe

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Hard cover


A glorious survey of the career of one of New Zealand’s best-regarded contemporary artists

Gretchen Albrecht CNZM is one of New Zealand’s most influential painters. Over the course of her long career, her work has continued to surprise and delight, and her paintings feature in many important collections both in New Zealand and overseas. This comprehensive survey of her much-admired work reveals a painter steeped in art history, drawing freely from a range of sources to create vivid, intellectually persuasive and deeply affecting work, and determined to push her work in new directions. With a text by leading art writer Luke Smythe, plus a preface by art curator Mary Kisler, this magnificent book both interrogates Albrecht’s work and celebrates her accomplishments.

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‘It’s a marvellous book, lushly illustrated, and Smythe’s text is lucid and informative ... This is a standout book showcasing the career of a standout artist.’ — Andrew Paul Wood, EyeContact

‘Everyone knows what they think an Albrecht is, usually, a variation on the theme of a hemisphere in two differently coloured halves, or “ovals with bars”. A book such as this allows us not only to see the other paths she has pursued, but also to marvel at the creativity that has managed to find such variety of expression within the confines she has set for herself.’ — Paul Little, North & South

  • CATEGORY: Creative arts, History
  • ISBN: 978-0-9951095-1-3
  • ESBN: N/A
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 11/04/2019
  • PAGE EXTENT: 304
  • FORMAT: Hard cover
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Dr Luke Smythe is a lecturer in art history, art theory and curatorship in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University, Melbourne.