The legacy of Cass

Rita Angus, 'Cass', oil on board, 37 x 46 cm, 1936, Rita Angus Estate
Julian Daspher, 'Cass (8/10)', black and white photograph and crayon, 39 x 49.5 cm, 1986, Auckland Art Gallery
Peter Peryer, 'Cass', digital print, 34.3 x 45 cm, 2004, Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery
Dane Mitchell, 'Cass', graphite on paper, 68.5 x 102 cm, 2006, Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery
Robert Scott, 'Owhiro', pen and acrylic on board, 18 x 18 cm, 2011

A Clean concert is a funny place to start meditating upon the art historical influence of Cass (a small settlement in the South Island of New Zealand immortalised by the Rita Angus painting of the same name).  Yet artwork by The Clean’s Robert Scott at the gig’s merch desk included a charming little painting of a shed in Owhiro that recalled the New Zealand classic.  Scott isn’t the first Kiwi artist to revisit the scene.  Julian Daspher, Peter Peryer and Dane Mitchell have all had a go too.

The legacy of Cass

2 thoughts on “The legacy of Cass

  1. Hello
    I recommend that you give some thought to crediting where the artworks you reproduce come from? The ‘legacy of Cass’ has a lot to do with how the painting has been experienced publicly, as do the other artworks that you include here.
    There is also a fascinating amount of industrial and vernacular photography around. Have you looked at this material?

  2. Ron Brownson says:

    Looking back at this Legacy of Cass blog again I wondered why there is no link here to how the Cass station and surrounding country is seen from the train?

    It was this perspective that inspired Angus’s painting first. Then came the echoes of Asian art.
    Best Ron

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