Wanted: The Search for the Modernist Murals of E. Mervyn Taylor
THE INTRIGUING DETECTIVE HUNT FOR SOME OF NEW ZEALAND’S MOST SIGNIFICANT AND EVOCATIVE PUBLIC ART MURALS
“Wanted: The Search for the Modernist Murals of E. Mervyn Taylor illuminates the artistic practice of a celebrated Pākehā artist who belonged to a post-war generation focused on establishing a national identity for New Zealand through the creative arts. It looks past the façade of this nationalism to uncover a body of works that – when viewed together – provide a critical insight into the cultural legacies of New Zealand’s socio-political history, in a way that carries much relevance today.” – Bronwyn Holloway-Smith (editor)
This beautifully designed linen bound, hard-cover book pays tribute to the life and creative practice of this modest, progressive, philanthropic artist, who was pivotal to the nation-building narrative of the 1950s and 1960s. Wanted surveys each of his twelve murals in a series of essays by expert contributors as well as revealing Taylor’s creative process – the sketches and gouaches for his murals, many unseen until now. Showcasing these ‘blueprints’ alongside an impressive number of archival images, Wanted offers a fresh perspective on New Zealand history.
Published by Massey University Press, 12 March 2018