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Michael Parekowhai


Blair French

MICHAEL PAREKOWHAI, Currency Lads Look Towards the Sterling, 1999 (detail), stuffed rabbits. Photograph Paul Ovenden. © The Australian Museum.

Less than a decade ago, and while still completing art college, Auckland-based artist Michael Parekowhai produced a quite audacious work, The Indefinite Article, 1990. This almost two-metre long sculptural rendering of the phrase 'I Am He' in the quasi-cubist lettering style of Colin McCahon's source painting I Am, 1954, travelled across the Tasman to Sydney in 1992 as part of the major Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) survey 'Headlands…

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