Author(s): Huhana Smith et alo.
Taiawhio: Conversations with Contemporary Maori artists, now in its third reprint, has proven invaluable to art lovers, students, teachers and those with a passion for New Zealand art. This new volume profiles a fresh range of contemporary Maori artists. Each profile contains pages of information and quotes from the artists so readers can learn, in the artists' own words, about their influences and inspirations, work methods and practice, while numerous full-colour photographs accompany each chapter, depicting the artists at work and showing the range of their work and the environment in which they create it. Short biographies are given for each artist profiled and a general introduction by Huhana Smith provides context for the interviews and background information about contemporary Maori art. These artists work across a wide range of media and forms of expression including weaving, painting, claywork, sculpture, carving, ta moko, Kaihanga Uku, multimedia, jewellery and dance, making this book an excellent introduction to the dynamic world of contemporary visual culture in Aotearoa New Zealand today.
The editors are all curators at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. General Editor Huhana Smith is Senior Curator Mätauranga Mäori and a practising artist. Other editors include Megan Tamati-Quennell, Curator Art (on secondment to Ngäi Tahu Development Corporation, Christchurch), Oriwa Solomon and Awhina Tamarapa, both Curators Mätauranga Mäori at Te Papa.