Kōrero: Creative and intellectual expatriates

Len Lye

After living for periods in Australia, Samoa and Britain from the mid 1920s, Len Lye moved to the United States in 1944 and spent the rest of his life in New York. There he developed his interest in kinetic sculpture. 

As an avante-garde artist, Lye was completely isolated in New Zealand in the 1920s, which was the major reason for his departure overseas. By the end of his life, however, there was growing interest in his work in New Zealand and in 1980, shortly before his death, the Len Lye Foundation was established to realise his vision of creating giant versions of his kinetic sculptures. This 1995 documentary, Flip and two twisters, discusses his achievement and the work of the foundation. It includes footage of Lye explaining his approach to his art.

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

NZ On Screen
Reference: Flip & two twisters [videorecording]. Director/writer, Shirley Horrocks. Auckland: Point of View Productions, 1995

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

Ngā whakaahua me ngā rauemi katoa o tēnei kōrero

Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Creative and intellectual expatriates - Attitudes to expatriation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/interactive/44363/len-lye (accessed 25 January 2020)

He kōrero nā Nancy Swarbrick, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014