Greatest Hits: The 1990s

A DigitalNZ Story by Courtney Johnston

I've been thinking about the 1990s a lot lately. It's the decade I came of age - I studied art history at the turn of the century, and although I wasn't there physically, Headlands, Cultural Safety, Toi Toi Toi - these are my art historical touchstones. A quickish sift through Digital New Zealand was revealing for what "felt" like the 1990s and what did not - this is a very personal selection, based on what I saw in the flesh and on the lecture theatre projection screen. Looking back, the decade seems characterised by a new consciousness or self-consciousness: of our art history, of New Zealand's (and New Zealand artist's) place in the world, of sexuality and the body, ethnicity and identity, language and communication, of how art is made, framed and disseminated. I wonder what I would pull together in a few years time to stand for the 2000s?

Boy Am I Scared Eh!

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Stop Thief!

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Painting 1993

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Untitled

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Whakapiri atu te whenua

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Faith

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Kenehi (Northern Light I)

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Picture Painting

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

They Comfort Me

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Kiss The Baby Goodbye

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The Indefinite Article

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Poorman, Beggarman, Thief (Beggarman)

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Tua Whitu

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Roebuck Jones and the Cuniculus Kid

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Speak

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Coupling

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Tour of New Zealand

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Lingua Geographica

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Graft

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Untitled (Red masks)

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Send off

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Lookout 1

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Portrait of Julian Dashper

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The house of parmesan

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

King for a day

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Chain Frame

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The Drivers

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The Hoteres

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Untitled (1991)

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Who Watched as the Leopard changed its Spots

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Untitled

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

An Excellent Fetish #2

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Untitled

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

365 days

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Valley of the Fruitcakes

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

State Highway I

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Day Care Walkabouts

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Sub

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Pathology

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Virgin

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

There's no accounting for taste

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Retroflex

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Rock On

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Double Negative

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Taranaki

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Untitled (Male Rock/Pop Singer)

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Four days and nights...

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Dragged Mass

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

I Hate Provincialism

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Slave Pianos (of the Art Cult)

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The Free Exchange of Ideas No.2

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The Free Exchange of Ideas No.6

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Christchurch (Mask). From the series: The Homely

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Dunedin (Landscape). From the series: The Homely

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Wellington (Museum) 1998. From the series: The Homely

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Wairoa (Falls). From the series: The Homely

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Ava at Stella in Ponsonby Road

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Slimline

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

0900 #1

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

0900 #2

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Untitled (Studded Suit)

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

I can't forgive Descartes

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

the story of

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

View

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Tiara

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Choker

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Seaweed: Revelation

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Ndebele

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

There's no place like home

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Tangaroa

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Native Portraits n.19897

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Black carnival #1

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

The Genius Of The Heart

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Tristes Tropiques

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Eureka School

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Nietzsche on Whites Beach

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Serial Set

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Tu Pasifika

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Camowhaiwhai

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Untitled

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Systematic, Towards the Theory of Everything

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki