SUSAN TE KAHURANGI KING

Susan Te Kahurangi King, born 1951 in Te Aroha, New Zealand, is the second eldest in a family of
twelve children. As a three year old, King loved to chat and play. At the age of five, her ability to speak
was in decline and by the time she reached seven or eight, it was a thing of the past.
Soon after starting school at the age of five, her teacher reported that Susan displayed remarkable
mental activity in the creation of complicated figures drawn on paper, and that she was able to
concentrate on drawing for hours at a time. As King’s inability to speak set in, so too did her heightened
ability and commitment to draw. Even at the tender age of seven, she was prolific and showed signs of
talent as a young artist.
In 1960, the family moved to Auckland so Susan could attend a newly established special school, which
she attended for almost three decades.
At some stage in the very early 1990s, King ceased her drawing practice. However, in 2008, fuelled by
renewed interest shown in her work, not long before the filming of “Pictures of Susan” (directed by Dan
Salmon of Octopus Pictures Ltd, 2012), she picked up the pencil and began to draw, continuing where
she had left off almost two decades prior.
Less than a year after King recommenced drawing, she had her first ever solo exhibition, at Callan
Park, Sydney, curated by Peter Fay. King’s exhibition history is extensive with representation in major
art fairs, galleries and museums by prominent curators. She has featured in many exhibitions, events
and publications in a range of contexts both as an ‘Outsider artist’ and a ‘Contemporary artist’. These
include The Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, American Folk Art Museum New York, Marlborough
Contemporary London, Outsider Art Fairs in New York and Paris with Chris Byrne, Andrew Edlin Gallery
New York, Robert Heald Gallery Wellington, City Gallery Wellington and the Auckland Art Fair 2018.
Susan Te Kahurangi King has works in a number of national and international collections, including,
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, the Chartwell
Collection (Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki) and the Wallace Arts Trust, New Zealand.
Susan Te Kahurangi King lives with family in Hamilton and continues her practice as a contemporary
artist.

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Exhibition Resume & Bibliography

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand.

James Wallace Arts Trust, New Zealand.

The Museum of Modern Art, NY, USA.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, USA.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Susan Te Kahurangi King – Little, Little, Big (curated by Michael Prosee), Wallace Arts Trust, The Pah Homestead, Auckland, New Zealand.
Susan Te Kahurangi King Drawings 2008-2018 (curated by Chris Byrne), Marlborough Contemporary, London, England.
Susan Te Kahurangi King (curated by Chris Byrne), Outsider Art Fair, New York, USA.

2017
Susan Te Kahurangi King (curated by Chris Byrne), Marlborough Contemporary, London, England.
Susan Te Kahurangi King: Drawings 1960-70 (curated by Robert Heald), Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.

2016
Susan Te Kahurangi King
 (curated by Tina Kukielski), Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, USA.
Susan Te Kahurangi King: Drawings 1975-1989 (curated by Chris Byrne and Robert Heald), Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, USA.

2015
Susan Te Kahurangi King – Drawings 1975-1980 (curated by Robert Heald), Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.

2014
Susan Te Kahurangi King: Drawings from Many Worlds (curated by Chris Byrne), Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, USA.
Susan Te Kahurangi King, Outsider Art Fair, Chris Byrne + Marquand Books, New York, USA.

2013
Susan Te Kahurangi King, Outsider Art Fair, Chris Byrne + Marquand Books, Paris, France.

2010
Introducing Susan Te Kahurangi King (curated by Sophie Watson and Aaron King-Cole), the High Seas, Auckland, New Zealand.

2009
Susan Te Kahurangi King (curated by Peter Day), Callan Park Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Brent Harris & Susan Te Kahurangi King (curated by Robert Heald Gallery), Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, New Zealand.
Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic
(curated by Valerie Rousseau), American Folk Art Museum, New York, USA.

2017
Margins Beyond (curated by Chris Byrne), Kirk Hopper Fine Art Gallery, Dallas, TX, USA.
Susan Te Kahurangi King (curated by Chris Byrne), Outsider Art Fair, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, USA.
Susan Te Kahurangi King
 (curated by Chris Byrne), Outsider Art Fair, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Paris, France.
Looking Back/The 11th White Columns Annual 
(selected by Anne Doran), White Columns, New York, USA.

2016
All Lines Converge (courtesy of Robert Heald Gallery), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ.
Matt Hinkley, Sonya Lacey, Patrick Lundberg & Susan Te Kahurangi King
(curated by Robert Heald), Spring 1883, Melbourne, Australia.
Outsider Art Fair, Paris
(curated by Chris Byrne), Andrew Edlin Gallery, Paris, France.

2015
Interfaces: Outsider Art and the Mainstream, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
We will begin by drawing, we shall continue to draw and then we shall draw some more at the Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.
Word Builders: Bob Gerrard, Susan Te Kahurangi King, Harry Watson, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand.
Susan Te Kahurangi King | Shannon Te Ao: from the one I call my own (curated by Robert Leonard & Aaron Lister), City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.
dRAW (curated by Jan Petry), Intuit, Chicago.
Out of Order (curated by Stephanie Chalmers), at Calder & Lawson Gallery, University of Waikato
Susan Te Kahurangi King | Peter Saul (curated by Chris Byrne), Outsider Art Fair, New York, USA.
Art Basel (curated by Chris Byrne), Andrew Edlin Gallery booth, Miami Beach, USA.

2014
Purple States & Cafe Dancer Pop-Up (curated by Sam Gordon), Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, USA.
Promenades (curated by Robert Heald), Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
Shit Like Hair (organised by Matthew Strauss), White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MI, USA.

2012
Look, Know (curated by Robert Heald), Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017
“The Joys and Terrors of an Outsider Artist” by Patrick Price, Hyperallergic, July 1.
“Silent witness: the outsider art of Susan Te Kahurangi King” by Paula Cocozza, The Guardian, May 31.
“Disney Girl” by Oliver Koerner von Gustorf, BLAU, Summer issue
“The Drawings of Susan Te Kahurangi King” by Albert Mobilio, BookForum, Apr/May issue

2016
“Susan Te Kahurangi King” by Emily Hall, ArtForum, December issue.
“The adventures of a travelling and performing line” by Stuart Shepherd, Art News New Zealand, Spring issue.
“A Voice Through Drawing” by Chris Byrne, Patron Magazine, August/September issue.
“The Drawings of Susan Te Kahurangi King” edited by Tina Kukielski, ICA Miami.
“There is no center: Susan Te Kahurangi King’s disorienting worlds” by Dan Nadel, Modern Painters, June/July issue.
“Tina Kukielski with Sara Roffino” by Sara Roffino, The Miami Rail, Summer issue.

2015
“Inside Out” by Mark Amery, New Zealand Listener, July 7.
“Susan Te Kahurangi King” by Faye Hirsch, Art in America, March 13.

2014
“Staff Picks: Crayoned Cartoons and Computer Corruption” by Nicole Rudick, Paris Review, Dec 19.
“Here Are the 15 Best Art Exhibitions of 2014” by Proscilla Frank, Huffington Post, December 16.
“The 19 Best Art Shows of 2014” by Jerry Saltz, Vulture, December 10.
“David Ebony’s Top 10 New York Gallery Shows for November” by David Ebony artnet news, Nov 21.
“All Hail Susan Te Kahurangi King” by Jerry Saltz, Vulture, November 21.
“Art in Review, Susan Te Kahurangi King: ‘Drawings from Many Worlds” by Karen Rosenberg, The New York Times, November 20.
“Explosive Drawing: Susan King’s Mash-ups, Strange Landscapes, and Other Worlds” by Edward M Gómez, Hyperallergic, November 8.
“This Outsider Stopped Speaking As A Child, Communicates Solely Through Her Work” by Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post, November 7.
“The Many Worlds of Susan Te Kahurangi King” by Scott Indrisek, BLOUIN ARTINFO, November 5.
“Seeing Out Loud: The Best Things I Saw at Frieze New York and the Outsider Art Fair” by Jerry Saltz, Vulture, May 13.
“In Step with the Outsiders: The Outsider Art Fair” by David Ebony, Art in America, May 9.
“Remarkable Draftsmanship from Way Down Under” by Edward M Gómez, Raw Vision 83.
“Unorthodox, Maybe, but Scarcely on the Fringe” by Karen Rosenberg, The New York Times, May 8.
“Outsider Art Preview: Blurred Categories and Fairs Big and Small” by Edward M Gómez, Hyperallergic, May 3.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

“Drawing The Inside Out: The Art of Susan Te Kahurangi King” by Brian Chidester & John Winer, 2018
“Pictures of Susan” by Dan Salmon (Director), Octopus Pictures, 2012.

 

AUDIO

“Chris Byrne: Treasuring Susan Te Kahurangi King” Radio NZ, 10 June