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Cliff Whiting : he toi nuku, he toi rangi

documentary heritage
  • Description

    "This new book provides insights to the thinking, the work and the development of this remarkable artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the tradition of Maori art making and meeting house decoration, forging innovative techniques and practises, exploring new materials and forms, while at the same time maintaining essential elements of tradition, ensuring the relevancy of 'beliefs, values and mana in today's and tomorrow's world'.

    The book has both Maori and English texts, and is supported with a large number of images of the many projects, people and art works Cliff has been involved in over the many years of his career."--Publisher's website.

  • Place
  • Other Id

    N7408.W58 CHR (Library of Congress Call Number)

    82992 (Cat ID)

    153899 (DBTextworks system ID)

    81077 (Presto content ID)

  • Department

Images and documents


  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    Cliff Whiting : he toi nuku, he toi rangi
  • Primary Maker

    Cliff Whiting (Artist)

     Ian Christensen (Author)

  • Contributor/Publisher
    HeKupenga Hao i te Rea
  • Place
  • Date
  • Physical Description

    195 pages : illustrations (some colour), geneological tables, map, portraits ; 28 x 30 cm

  • Language
    Te Reo Māori
  • Level of Current Record
    Bib record
  • Member Object

    2 items in this collection. View all items.

  • Subject Category
  • Content
    He mihi, na Sandy Adsett
    He kupu whakataki, na Apirana Mahuika
    1. Tangata i akona ki te kainga
    2. Tangata i akona ki te ao
    3. Tu ana i te marae, tau ana
    4. Kei hopu tou ringa ki te aka taepa, engari kia mau ki te aka matua
    5. Au mahi e te ringa rehe!
    6. Mihia te mahi a te rika whero, nahana te ara i para, kia kawe ai aku taoka tuku, ki te ao marama e
    7. He kua kainga.
  • Public Access Text

    He toi nuku, he toi rangi: this literally translates as 'artistic excellence of the Earth and Sky', and has been used as part of the title of this book because ot encapsulates much of Cliff's philosophy, thinking and practice.

    The duality of toi nuku and toi rangi can be understood in terms of Cliff's focus on technique, innovation, and the use of materials in his art-making practice (he toi nuku), as well as the function, narrative, tikanga and belief system sitting within the artwork itself and the art-making process (he toi rangi). Toi nuku is about ensuring that the art is grounded within the ethic, experience and tikanga of the people. Toi rangi is about pushing the boundaries, about innovation and exploration, and striving toward the heights of excellence.--Title page verso. Hardcover is limited edition. AWMM hardcover copy is no. 84/300, signed by Cliff Whiting. Includes bibliographical references (pages 184-185).

  • Collection Type
    Reading Room
    Reserve Collection - Outsize
  • Copyright
    All rights reserved
  • Last Update
    19 Dec 2023
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