McCahon House hosted two live stream launches to celebrate the publication of ‘Endless Yet Never’ by Martin Edmond.
On Tuesday 3rd November, Martin Edmond in conversation with Courtney Johnston (Tumu Whakarae/Chief Executive of Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand).
On Sunday 8th November, Martin Edmond in conversation with Rex Butler (Art historian, writer and Professor of Art History & Theory at Monash University).
Watch recordings of these conversations below.
Endless Yet Never can be purchased via our webstore here.
Martin Edmond was born in Ohakune, New Zealand and lives in Sydney, Australia. He has a BA in English and Anthropology from Auckland University (1975), an MA (Hons) in English Literature and Language from Victoria University of Wellington (1977) and a Doctorate of Creative Arts from Western Sydney University (2013). He has written a number of books on art and artists, including The Resurrection of Philip Clairmont (1999), The Supply Party - Ludwig Becker on the Burke and Wills Expedition (2009), Dark Night: walking with McCahon (2011) and Battarbee and Namatjira (2014). A biography of convict artist Joseph Lycett remains unpublished. He was given the Prime Minister’s Award for achievement in non-fiction in 2013.
Courtney Johnston took up the role of Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive at Te Papa in December 2019, after join the museum in September 2018 as Director Audience & Insight. Courtney has lived and worked in Wellington since 2000. She holds a Masters in Art History from Victoria University of Wellington, and was the 2015 recipient of a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Scholarship to research contemporary museum practice in the United States. From 2012 to 2018, Courtney was Director of The Dowse Art Museum, a highlight from this role was curating Gavin Hipkins: The Domain, an expansive survey of this New Zealand photographer's work, and editing the accompanying publication. She was also the visual arts correspondent for RNZ’s ‘Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan’ from 2010 to 2019.
Rex Butler is Professor of Art History at Monash University, Melbourne. He is a great fan of Colin McCahon ever since seeing his 1984 exhibition at the Biennale of Sydney as a university student. He has written on McCahon’s work several times, both by himself and with Laurence Simmons.