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New book shines light on Len Lye

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s artist Len Lye’s legend grows both “The writers we’ve worked with broaden and fill out internationally and domestically, a new our vision of Lye, showing his influence on the art world book of critical essays shines light on the was not just a curiosity. He was not just an outlier in this life, career and art of the outstanding New larger world, but instead a very serious part of it. Zealand-born artist. “One author puts him very firmly in Sydney, the next The Long Dream of Waking: New Perspectives on Len places him in London into inter-war British culture and Lye, edited by Paul Brobbel, Wystan Curnow and Roger we are so excited to bring these perspectives together. Horrocks, shows Lye as one of the 20th century’s most “We explore his present currency in the international original artists. world, and there has been a lot of speculation within New Zealand as to what his The comprehensive new book, reputation is so we try to answer with writing from an international the long-vexed question: ‘What panel of authors, includes essays does the world make of Len Lye?’.” by scholars, artists, curators and engineers, who had significant Mr Brobbel says the book will be working relationships with Lye, and the most substantial collection of further opens up new territory on texts and research on Lye for some Lye’s diverse field of work. time. Lye (1901–1980) was a New The Long Dream of Waking Zealander practising in London showcases research undertaken during the inter-war years, and with the Len Lye Centre’s collection then a key figure in the post-war and coincides with the current Christchurch Art Gallery’s New York avant-garde art scene. In exhibition Stopped Short by The Long Dream of Waking, readers Wonder. will gain insight into an artist whom the country is increasingly “Working with Canterbury embracing – helped in no small University Press has been important part by the opening of the Len Lye to us because of the historical Centre in New Plymouth in 2015. relationship between the university’s engineering department and the Len Co-editor Paul Brobbel, Len Lye Lye Foundation, enabling our experience of many of Lye’s Curator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, says Lye’s artworks, ” says Mr Brobbel. international stature continues to expand and interest in his work ranges across cinema, animation, sculpture Canterbury University Press publisher Catherine and photography to music and philosophy and the Montgomery says any reader interested in the visual arts technicalities behind his practice. will find this a stimulating, attractive book thanks to its “This book acknowledges increasing awareness of Lye, variety of authors and range of strong images, some of placing him in both international and domestic contexts,” which are published here for the first time. he says. “Readers interested in modernism, cinema, sculpture,

A new recipe book published by Australian publisher Smith Street Books features a selection of French picnic recipes for a stylish outdoor feast. The first book by Australian self-taught cook and food writer Suzy Ashford, Le Picnic reimagines outdoor lunching as a chic activity that’s worth putting a little more effort into. Rather than taking along a sandwich and a flask of coffee to your next picnic, why not make it a bacon and leek quiche, a beautiful potato and pork sausage galette or cherry tomato tartlets? As Ashford shows, classic French recipes can be easily transported and are not too complex, requiring hard-to-find ingredients and advanced cookery skills. Le Picnic recipes include drinks, nibbles, more substantial fare, zesty salads and delicate sweet treats. Start your picnic with a glass of Champagne with fresh white peach syrup. Nibble on caramelized onion tarts, a slice of Camembert tart and a witlof salad. And finish with a selection of delectable treats including fresh raspberry tartlets and white chocolate macarons. Be transported to Paris at your next outdoor feast – maybe over the festive season. Le Picnic: Chic Food On-The-Go by Suzy Ashford. Published by Smith Street Books. RRP $35. surrealism, music and art history have an opportunity to discover the latest global perspectives on New Zealand’s most internationally acclaimed artist,” she says. The Long Dream of Waking: New Perspectives on Len Lye, edited by Paul Brobbel, Wystan Curnow and Roger Horrocks, published by Canterbury University Press, November 2017, RRP $49.99, ISBN: 978-1-927145-96-8

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