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Title

Teaching aids 2 (July)

1975


Artist

Colin McCahon

New Zealand

01 Aug 1919 - 27 May 1987


About

Colin McCahon was New Zealand’s greatest modern painter. He is also one of the most radical and challenging painters to emerge from Australasia in the 20th century.

Faith, doubt and the power of art were McCahon’s constant concerns. Beginning in the 1940s with religious scenes set in the New Zealand landscape, McCahon evolved an increasingly distinctive visual language for the life and trials of the spirit. In 'Teaching aids 2 (July)', this spiritual sign language is at its most stark and mysterious.

As the title suggests, this is a painting about art’s power as a guide – an aid to understanding matters of life and death. On a series of what look like humble school blackboards, a lesson plays out. Numbers accumulate up to 14, evoking the Christian stations of the cross, while the white lines, floating in the blackness, become luminous crucifixions.


Details


Date

1975


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on paper, 10 panels


Dimensions

10 panels: each sheet 109.2 x 72.8 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. no.1, white paint "... C. McC JULY 75".
Signed and dated l.r. no.2, white paint "C. McC JULY 75".
Signed and dated l.r. no.3, white paint "C. McC July 75".
Signed and dated l.c. no.4, white paint "... C. McC July 75".
Signed and dated l.r. no.5, white paint "C. McC July 75".
Signed and dated l.c. no.6, white paint "... C. McC July 75".
Signed and dated l.c. no.7, white paint "C. McC July 75".
Signed and dated l.l. no.8, white paint "... C. McC July 75".
Signed and dated l.c. no.9, white paint "C. McC JULY 75".
Signed and dated l.r. no.10, white paint "C. McC July 75".


Credit

Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation Purchase 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

614.2014.a-j


Artist information

Colin McCahon

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Mary Barr, Headlands: thinking through New Zealand art, Sydney, 1992, 55, 56. not illustrated

Colin McCahon: a question of faith, Amsterdam, 2002, 239, 260. not illustrated

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, McCahon's "necessary protection": the catalogue of a travelling exhibition of paintings from Colin McCahon's various series from 1971 to 1976, New Plymouth, 1977, 8, 9, 10. fig 17

Alexa Johnston (Curator), Teaching aids: the Colin McCahon Room, Auckland, 1995, (illus.).

Justin Paton, Look, 'Kiwi Karma', pg.22-6, Sydney, Mar 2016, 22-3 (illus.), 24.

The Colin McCahon online catalogue, Auckland, (colour illus.). cm001514