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READ: 67 letters to Colin McCahon

Gain insight into 67 New Zealander’s opinions on the legacy of one of our greatest artists, Colin McCahon.

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Widely regarded as one New Zealand’s greatest artists, Colin McCahon’s career spanned over 40 years. The modernist painter’s work impacted the work and lives of many New Zealanders and continues to be of huge significance in the art world some 30 years after his passing.

To celebrate, a new book, McCahon 100, invites 67 New Zealanders of different backgrounds, ages and roles to write responses to the artistic legacy of Colin McCahon. It includes opinions and stories from Bettina Bradbury and Kararaina Rangihau, Lisa Reihana, Linda Tyler, Shannon Te Ao, Megan Tamati-Quennell, Brian Sweeney, Seraphine Pick, Cora-Allan Wickliffe, Rex Butler, Salome Tanuvasa, Rudi Fuchs, Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern, Nick Mitzevich, The Governor-General, The Rt. Hon. Dame Patsy Reddy, Helen Beaglehole, Christina Barton, Naomi McCleary, Zoe Black, Hamish Coney, Young Old Girls (Christchurch Girl’s High), Hon. Grant Robertson, Ayesha Green, Al Keating, Judy Darragh, Sophie Bannan, Philip Clarke, Grant Banbury, Harold Jones, Robert Gardiner, C. K. Stead, Ruth Watson, Gretchen Albrecht, Rosanna Raymond, Emily Karaka, Sue Gardiner, Peter Simpson, Kate Sylvester, Nell, Martin Edmond, Judy Millar, Matthew O’Reilly, Jane Macknight, Tessa Laird, Rufus Knight, Bob Harvey, Karen Walker, Stephen Wainwright, Wystan Curnow, John Coley, Yona Lee, David Kirk, Cushla Dillon, Donna McDonald, Areez Katki, Brent Harris, Priscilla Pitts, Fiona Pardington, Thomas Crow, Dame Jenny Gibbs, Jude Rae, Ted Spring, Nicola Farquhar, Mary Kisler, Robert Leonard, Jim Barr and Mary Barr, Ralph Paine and Bridget Riggir-Cuddy.

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