Gentleman of the NZ art world Peter McLeavey has died aged 79. The influential art dealer ran his eponymously titled gallery in Cuba Street, Wellington, for over 40 years. McLeavey sought out and backed young artists including Colin McCahon, Jacqueline Fraser, Laurence Aberhart and Yvonne Todd from the beginning of their careers and became the trusted friend of some of New Zealand’s top practitioners. The gallery will continue to run under the direction of McLeavey’s daughter, Olivia, as it has done for the past few years.
If you want to learn more about Peter McLeavey, LOL recommends the 2009 documentary The Man in The Hat directed by Luit Bieringa that you can watch online here, care of NZ on Screen.
A few years ago now, Leg of Lamb wrote a thesis on Kiwi photographer Peter Peryer. What makes Peryer’s work so special is that it’s often conceptualised over many months or even years. His photographs are, in effect, images that are made rather than taken. So it was a real treat to discover footage of Peryer creating the work The Meccano Bus with the assistance of his son Clovis in the 1994 documentary ‘Peter Peryer: Portrait of a Photographer’, directed by Greg Stitt.
The footage is available online via NZ on Screen (funded by NZ on Air), who have an entire section of their website devoted to ‘Artists on Screen’. Selected by Mark Amery, there are all sorts of gems here, including the Peryer doco that you can watch in its entirety here.