Tuhituhi: William Hodges, Cook’s Painter in the South Pacific – review

By Andrew Paul Wood In Art, Books

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7th February, 2013
Laurence Simmons’s Tuhituhi is a multidimensional study of English artist William Hodges and his travels on James Cook’s 1772-75 Resolution voyage as official landscape painter. It’s another of the very good art books Otago University Press has been putting out in recent years. Tuhituhi, which means “mark making”, was the name Maori gave Hodges when they saw him drawing. The central premise of the book is how alien landscapes and cultures are filtered through received European perceptions. It’s a typically postmodern viewpoint, but finds its origins in the ...

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