Brush up on your art knowledge with some of the new books available in the gallery store.
Back in stock after selling out in a few days, Sarah Laing's graphic memoir Mansfield and Me is an intimate look at the way her own life intersects with that of New Zealand's literary great. Buy the book, then take a look at the exhibition at the Katherine Mansfield house open until November 15 more details here.
Peter Simpson, curator of our summer show Leo Bensemann & Friends: Portraiture and the Group has recently published a history of the Christchurch artists, which is available in store. School up on artists Leo Bensemann, Toss Wollaston, Rita Angus, Doris Lusk and more before we open the show.
If you are more interested in delving deep into the mind of one artist, why not pick up Fantastica: The World of Leo Bensemann also by Peter Simpson. We have the last few copies in the country - and they are all signed!
Only available from the New Zealand Portrait Gallery is Sir Michael Hardie Boys memoir The Boy from Evans Bay. The former Governor General (and Chair of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery trust) has donated the entire proceeds of the book to the gallery. Support the gallery, while reading about the life of an important New Zealander.
Lastly...just in is a new book from Auckland University Press The Maori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer's New Zealand is a exquisite look at the artist who captured in paint key Maori figures. This gorgeous book published by Auckland University Press is filled with full page reproductions of the famous artists painting's which capture the mana of each sitter.
All these titles and more are available now at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery shop. Pop in for a browse (or some early Christmas shopping) before they all fly out the door.