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Allan McDonald: SOMETHING / NOTHING

The Fine Arts Library has recently acquired four new photographic prints by Allan McDonald from the 2010 exhibition ‘SOMETHING / NOTHING’ at Anna Miles Gallery. The photographs from this exhibition are of various thrift stores from up and down the country. Three of the four selected by the Fine Arts Library depict charity bookshops. Each shows the humble world of the recycled book as an eclectic repository for browsing and purchase. The photographs have been mounted on the balustrade of the mezzanine above the lending desk and create a complimentary aesthetic display of how books can be stacked, shelved and sorted.

This is not the first time McDonald’s photographs have been bought for the Library collection. In 2004 The University of Auckland Library purchased a set of eight framed photographs from the exhibition 'Relocations and Demolitions’
The Fine Arts Library’s recent purchase provides us with an important and eloquent documentation of the thrift stores that provide a vital circulation of literature new and old.
L to R: CHRISTCHURCH (CHARITY BOOK SHOP) 2009 Digital C print 1/3, mounted on dibond | CHRISTCHURCH (CHARITY BOOK SHOP) 2009 Digital C print 1/3, mounted on dibond

L to R: GREYMOUTH (SECOND HAND SHOP) 2009 Diptych Digital C print 1/3 mounted on dibond | CHRISTCHURCH (CHARITY BOOK SHOP) 2009 Digital C print 1/3, mounted on dibond

Additional resources:
McDonald, A. (2007). Eight small shops: Auckland, N.Z.? : A. McDonald, 2007. (Artists’ book)
Content & form : photographs. (2005). Auckland, N.Z. : PhotoForum, 2005.
           
Simon Esling
Fine Arts Library

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Arcades : Allan McDonald 5/3/2011 12:28 PM | National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries
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Please note that two of these works have been reproduced in the recently published "Game on : a selector's choice of contemporary New Zealand artists"

Full reference:
Mills, M., Scott, J., Walsh, J., & Hastings City Art Gallery. (2011). Game on : a selector's choice of contemporary New Zealand artists. Hastings [N.Z.]: Hastings City Art Gallery. 10/25/2011 8:25 AM | Victoria Passau

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