Archival documents might not spring immediately to mind when hearing the term ‘post-object art’, yet they are an important source for exploring this slice of the late 20th century Auckland art scene.
Post-object art was part of the New Zealand contemporary art movement from the 1960s until the early 1980s. It paralleled the international emergence of conceptual art; rejecting art as a commodity by shifting away from a physical object and the production of works to be sold. Like conceptual art, post-object art attempted to bridge the gap between art and life by using art as a way to expand the understanding and critique of the human condition. Works of this movement are represented by varying formats of documentation in place of traditional art works.
The Post-Object Art collection spans the years 1969-1999, with the bulk of the material dating from 1971-1979. Initiated by Philip Dadson and Bruce Barber, many of the contributing artists also have close relationships with Elam School of Fine Arts and the wider Auckland art scene.