Catherine Asquith Art Advisory
A highlight of my recent visit to Auckland, where I took in the Auckland Art Fair, and a stunning exhibition by Fiona Pardington, “A Beautiful Hesitation” at the Auckland Art Gallery (a marvellous example of 21st century design complementing late 19th century French Château style), was my visit to Gibbs Farm.
This stunning property, replete with manicured pastures, undulating hills and an unusual coterie of animals (we saw a giraffe, a trio of zebras, a lone emu, llamas, and not forgetting, some very healthy looking sheep), is home to an extraordinary collection, of large scale and invariably, commissioned, sculpture.
Major works by the likes of Graham Bennett, Chris Booth, Daniel Buren, Bill Culbert, Neil Dawson, Marijke de Goey, Andy Goldsworthy, Ralph Hotere, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Len Lye, Russell Moses, Peter Nicholls, Eric Orr, Tony Oursler, George Rickey, Peter Roche, Richard Serra, Kenneth Snelson, Richard Thompson, Leon van den Eijkel and Zhan Wangmajor inhabit this immensely picturesque landscape.
This is collecting on a grand scale, and Alan Gibbs et al are to be congratulated on their commitment to contemporary art.
Gibbs Farm is located in Kaipara Harbour, 47 kilometres north of Auckland, New Zealand.