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Blackley, Roger

Victoria University of Wellington

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Roger Blackley teaches in the art history programme at Victoria University of Wellington, where he specialises in nineteenth-century and colonial art. His particular interest is the intersection of art and ethnography, and especially the relationships forged by colonial artists with indigenous subjects and patrons. Blackley was formerly a curator at the Auckland Art Gallery, where he organised a number of exhibitions and associated publications including Goldie (1997), the first retrospective of New Zealand’s celebrated painter of Māori portraits. His 2008 exhibition, Te Mata: The Ethnological Portrait, profiled a 1908 collection of Māori portrait busts by the itinerant sculptor Nelson Illingworth. Works such as those by Lindauer, Goldie and Illingworth are central to his forthcoming book, Galleries of Maoriland: Artists, Collectors and the Māori World, 1880-1910, which offers fresh perspectives on Māori portraiture and ethnological art in fin de siècle New Zealand.

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