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'Kiss the baby good-bye'

'Kiss the baby good-bye'

In 'Kiss the baby good-bye' artist Michael Parekowhai contributed to the debate about Pākehā artists such as Gordon Walters appropriating Māori imagery for their works. Parekowhai's work, constructed in black painted steel, mimics Walters's 1968 painting 'Kahukura'. In doing so, it 'reappropriates' the koru motif often used by Walters.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: C1994/1/540.1-2
Artwork by Michael Parekowhai

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Rebecca Rice and Mark Williams, 'Criticism and the arts - Critical approaches, 1980s onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/42943/kiss-the-baby-good-bye (accessed 16 December 2019)

Story by Rebecca Rice and Mark Williams, published 22 Oct 2014