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January 14, 2013

Variation in Apricot

Filed under: art — danylmc @ 9:33 am

By popular request (no one actually requested it, as such, but I could sense you all wanted it), the artwork Variation in Apricot by Meg Gibbs, donated to Parliament by the National Caucus Wives in 1981, critiqued by Chris Finlayson in a recent Herald piece.



  1. Dear God! How many ferrets did they Frankenstein to get that effect.

    Comment by TransportationDevice A7-98.1 — January 14, 2013 @ 9:39 am

  2. Thanks dude I actually went searching for this after reading the article but couldn’t find an image of it:)

    Comment by Rob — January 14, 2013 @ 9:48 am

  3. But does that mean there are other variations in different colours? Could we do the world a favour and round the whole lot up and bury them?

    Comment by Mark D — January 14, 2013 @ 9:54 am

  4. The best thing about this “art work’ is probably how it reflects both the 80’s and its donors.

    Comment by Ross Marwick — January 14, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  5. It is hard not to conclude that Mr Finlayson is an astute judge of art:-)

    Comment by dpf — January 14, 2013 @ 9:57 am

  6. It looks like the old carpet they used to have in the Beehive

    Comment by max — January 14, 2013 @ 10:01 am

  7. By popular request (no one actually requested it, as such, but I could sense you all wanted it)

    Very astute. Am disappointed. Expected more apricot.

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — January 14, 2013 @ 10:26 am

  8. I can totally see the Madonna and child in that pattern.

    Comment by Sanctuary — January 14, 2013 @ 10:32 am

  9. What the fuck is $12m in ‘art’ doing hidden away in Parliament?

    That money could be used to pay part of the asset sales IPO fees!

    Comment by Gregor W — January 14, 2013 @ 10:33 am

  10. Maybe a good shampoo and vacuum would perk it up a bit?

    Comment by Marion — January 14, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  11. I know! I know!

    It’s a butterfly. Or a dead swan with its guts hanging out.

    Did I pass the Rorschach test?

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — January 14, 2013 @ 10:49 am

  12. Barry Zuckerkorn: This close, they always look like landscape. But nope, you’re looking at balls…

    Comment by garethw — January 14, 2013 @ 11:00 am

  13. even better – my new screensaver

    Comment by Cnr Joe — January 14, 2013 @ 11:10 am

  14. I like it but I am sure it has been hung upside down ( or possibly inside out).

    Comment by PPCM — January 14, 2013 @ 11:57 am

  15. How astute of the wives: the variation is apricot/illicit sex, the drudgery of everyday life married to a national Mp is… grey.

    “( or possibly inside out)” gold

    Comment by Clunking Fist — January 14, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

  16. This art isn’t a 19th century depiction of an English landscape or a pop-culture famous painting so I’m going to sneer at its artistic merit in a public fora.

    Comment by Hugh — January 14, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

  17. You know when wolves have finished mating but they can’t disengage…

    Comment by Aztec — January 14, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

  18. Hugh, is Meg Gibbs related?

    Comment by Clunking Fist — January 14, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

  19. @Clunking:…1c.1.w6DbaAxmK3s&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&bvm=bv.1357700187,d.bGE&fp=22f806b7086d8c0a&biw=1366&bih=664

    Comment by Hugh — January 14, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

  20. What plans? What secret mission?

    Comment by Clunking Fist — January 14, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

  21. Actually I don’t think it’s all that bad. I have seen far worse. Very 80s

    Comment by eszett — January 14, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

  22. I think it’s gone off.

    Comment by Grant Buist — January 15, 2013 @ 9:46 am

  23. I’m with eszett, I’ve seen far worse in galleries. Good on Finlayson for being honest with his opnions though – I too find McCahon a bit bleak.

    Comment by Conrad — January 21, 2013 @ 9:34 am

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