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THE LONG DREAM OF WAKING New Perspectives on Len Lye

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THE LONG DREAM OF WAKING New Perspectives on Len Lye

Author: Edited by Paul Brobbel, Wystan Curnow and Roger Horrocks
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Recognised internationally as one of the twentieth century’s great modernist innovators, New Zealand artist Len Lye is most famous for his avant-garde experimental films and for his astonishing and playful kinetic sculptures. Always fascinated by the interplay of movement and light, this extraordinary artist also expressed himself in photography, drawing, painting and poetry. During his lifetime he was better known in the art capitals of North America and Europe than in the country of his birth, but that has changed since the establishment of the foundation dedicated to his works at New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and particularly following the opening, in 2015, of the impressive and much-admired Len Lye Centre. In this timely collection of essays, writers from New Zealand and overseas consider Lye’s assured place in modern art from a variety of fascinating and thoughtprovoking angles. He thought of his creations as emerging from ‘the long dream of waking’. And thanks to this richly illustrated collection of essays, we too can be drawn into his long dream and come to see his remarkable achievements through fresh eyes. Paul Brobbel is the Len Lye Curator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, and former Assistant Collection Manager (Photography) at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand. Wystan Curnow is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Auckland. He is an art critic, poet, curator and editor. He coedited Figures of Motion: Len Lye’s Selected Writings (with Roger Horrocks, 1984) and Len Lye (with Tyler Cann, 2009). Roger Horrocks is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Auckland. He worked as Len Lye’s assistant during the last year of his life, and became his biographer (Len Lye: A Biography, 2001). His other works on Lye include Art that Moves (2009). 

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Paul Brobbel is the Len Lye Curator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, and former Assistant Collection Manager (Photography) at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.

Wystan Curnow is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Auckland. He is an art critic, poet, curator and editor. He is a trustee of the Len Lye Foundation.

Roger Horrocks is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Auckland. He worked as Len Lye's assistant during the last year of his life, and became his biographer. He is a trustee of the Len Lye Foundation.
Table of contents
Introduction, by Paul Brobbel, Wystan Curnow and Roger Horrocks

History
Len Lye's Kinetic Sculptures, by Peter Selz
Between Art and Engineering, by Paul Brobbel, Aaron Kreisler, Shayne Gooch, John Matthews and Evan Webb

Aesthetics
Cinematic Sculpture, by Malcolm Le Grice
Motion, Time, Energy, by Roger Horrocks
`Live' Motion, Pure Movement and Liberation: Len Lye's Kinetic Imaginary, by Luke Smythe

Contexts
Repatriating Len Lye: The Figure of Motion and its Transformations, by Wystan Curnow
Len Lye as a `Sydney' Artist, by Rex Butler and A.D.S. Donaldson
`When London Swung a Bit': Len Lye in Inter-war Britain, by Scott Anthony
`v. spinkly. 9 flutter & blink': Archiving Len Lye, by Sarah Davy

The Artist at Work
From Jazz to `Sound Construction', by Roger Horrocks
Shadowgraphs: Photographic Portraits by Len Lye, by Geoffrey Batchen
Behind the Scenes: The Base in Len Lye's Sculptures, by Evan Webb
Trade Tattoos: Animation Stencils and Readymade Movement, by Alla Gadassik

Bibliography
Contributors
Image Credits and Acknowledgements
Index
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General Fields

  • : 9781927145968
  • : Canterbury University Press
  • : Canterbury University Press
  • : February 2018
  • : 240mm X 170mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Edited by Paul Brobbel, Wystan Curnow and Roger Horrocks
  • : B
  • : 224
  • : Paperback
  • : 53 colour and 15 black-and-white photos