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Neil Pardington and Lara Strongman | Behind Closed Doors | Edited by Christina Barton | ...a compelling glimpse into the private world of collecting...

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Neil Pardington and Lara Strongman | Behind Closed Doors | Edited by Christina Barton | ...a compelling glimpse into the private world of collecting...

50.00

Published 2011

Hardback with dustjacket, 280 x 230 mm 

96 pages, 24 duotone reproductions

Designed by Neil Pardington

ISBN: 978 0 473 19144 3 

Awards:

Asian Print Awards Gold, 2012

Associated publishers:

Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi

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Behind Closed Doors is a compelling glimpse into the private world of collecting. 'These views are provided by photographer Neil Pardington and writer Lara Strongman . . . readers will see how art is lived with and loved in ways that are strikingly different to how we experience and appreciate art when we see it in a musuem or gallery. Stacked cheek by jowl; muddled together with ornaments, books, and furniture; surrounded by signs of everyday life, these artworks are integrated into the rituals of daily existence. Even when objects are not on display, and have been brought out for the camera, one senses they are still part of the mess of ordinary life. And yet, in every image there are clues to how much more these precious objects mean. There are signs that attention has been paid to placement and illumination; other objects cluster around them like votive offerings; and more often than not a chair or sofa is positioned in just the right place for a work to be contemplated.' Christina Barton, Director, Adam Art Gallery

This book was published to accompany the exhibition Behind Closed Doors: New Zealand Art from Private Collections in Wellington at the Adam Art Gallery in 2011.