Story: Criticism and the arts

Peter Tomory

Peter Tomory

Art historian and critic Peter Tomory was the second professional director at Auckland City Art Gallery from 1956 to 1965. He then taught at Auckland University, before departing overseas to pursue his career as a curator and teacher. He is seen here (left) with artist Colin McCahon, who worked at the art gallery at the same time. Tomory promoted a nationalist view of New Zealand art and was a staunch supporter of McCahon.

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Rebecca Rice and Mark Williams, 'Criticism and the arts - Critical approaches, 1930s to 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

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