From the Collection

Billy Apple

26 Sep 2020 — 24 Oct 2020

SPA_CE is pleased to present Billy Apple From the Collection. A body of work that encourages an exchange between the Artist, the Dealer and the Collector.

From the Collection, the third key component of Apple’s practice in the 1980s, gets underway. Though not the first, two of the earliest canvases, From the BNZ Art Collection and From the Jenny and Alan Gibbs Collection, establish the parameters for the series. The former is commissioned by Peter McLeavey for New Zealand’s first corporate collection. Apple designs the typography in New York and it is painted by his signwriter, Terry Maitland, in Auckland, using the corporate colours of the Bank of New Zealand brand. The latter is produced for private collectors in Auckland who made their fortune in the wake of New Zealand’s shift to a free-market economy and its sale of state-owned assets. With these two paintings the look of the series is set… From the Collection is ongoing. (1)

This exhibition runs concurrently with Billy Apple®️ A Brand looking for a Product 1962-2020 showing at the MTG Hawke’s Bay.

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(1) Excerpt from Billy Apple®️ A Life in Parts.
Published by Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki,
written by Christina Barton.

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