Candles in a Dark Room: James K Baxter and Colin McCahon

Exhibition date:
July 1995 to 25 October 1996
New Zealand
Auckland City Art Gallery

Colin McCahon (1919-87), as painter, and James K. Baxter (1926-72), as poet, were among the leading New Zealand artists of their generation. For three decades their paths criss-crossed and their careers were linked by background, friendship, mutual respect, and by broadly similar ideas about art, landscape, society, war, religion, politics, Maori culture, and New Zealand. This exhibition explores various phases in their personal relationship from 1943 when they first met to 1973, the year after Baxter died.