Gretchen Albrecht (1943-)
acrylic on canvas
1680 x 3362mm
Collection of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Accession no. 83/5
Reproduced with the kind permission of Gretchen Albrecht
Exhibited The scene in which I find myself / Or, where does my body belong: 50 years of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 07.12.2019-29.03.2020, exhibited in room dedicated to the 1980s, no. 1.
"In the exhibition The scene in which I find myself…Albrecht's Magenta/Yellow (1982) hung at the head of the stairs on the floor above Scales's Mixed Flowers (c1965 -1970), as if with outspread wings it hovered, watchfully guarding and making shelter for the smaller painting below. The colours and shapes are striking in their correlation.
Albrecht had probably seen this painting by Scales at the Auckland City Art Gallery exhibition Helen F V Scales, 1975-1976.
It is a beautiful example of an artist making links with history by means of images that have been carefully conserved in her art memory; that consciously or subconsciously rise to become part of the genesis of the new painting." – B. de Lange, 2021
Still life. Blue vase lower centre. Yellow, pink and white brush strokes suggest flowers. Shapes more loosely painted at right.
LL ochre and white brush point Scales
Verso UL pencil on torn, round yellow sticker 31
Verso Centre torn blue and white label
Purchased by Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand, from Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand, exhibition, Helen F V Scales, 1975-1976, after it toured there in 1976
Title and date supplied by the artist for Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand, exhibition, Helen F V Scales, 1975-1976. Listed as artwork no. 31 in this exhibition.
Included in The scene in which I find myself / Or, where does my body belong: 50 years of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand, in 2019-2020 [see Related images]. A project developed by New Zealand artist Ruth Buchanan which spanned the entire contemporary art museum, each of its galleries was dedicated to a 10-year span. Mixed Flowers was included in the gallery dedicated to the 1970s (artwork no. 2). Acquisition notes from the catalogue for this exhibition details, “This work was acquired from the artist after it was exhibited in her first official solo exhibition, a retrospective held at the Auckland Art Gallery in 1975. The exhibition toured to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery the following year.”
Photos by Bryan James