Andrew Bogle

While completing my Master of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts in the mid-1970s, I was appointed the curator of prints and drawings at the Auckland Art Gallery in 1976. Although I was employed full-time by the gallery, the University permitted me to finish my master's degree over the following two years - moonlighting as it were. I completed my MFA with 1st class honours in 1978, submitting a thesis on Chance in Art. I was already an exhibiting artist - initially with the Barry Lett Galleries - although my curatorial career for the next 20 years put my role as an exhibiting artist largely on the back-burner, even though I was able to continue making my art in interludes.

My retirement from professional work in 1999, after several years as an independent curator, allowed me to focus more intently on my own art-making with the time and freedom I continue to relish as a (just) septuagenarian. Many of my artworks, influenced technically by my early years as a printmaker - though in other media - have evolved over decades with revisions and additions before final resolution, an impossible luxury had I been on the exhibiting treadmill with its pressing deadlines. Only in the last few years have I resorted to painting, my most recent on wood panels, taking me in a new and compelling direction.

Artist Details

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand





MFA Elam school of art, 1st class honours

Curatorial Career Highlights

1976 - 1978

Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, curator of prints and drawings.

1978 - 1999

Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, curator of International Art


Graphic Works of Edward Ruscha (1978) - a first for this stellar Californian artist


Len Lye - A Retrospective, Auckland Art Gallery

I curated this retrospective after working with Lye in New York. His death shortly before the opening sadly thwarted plans for both he and his wife Ann to attend.


Chance and Change: A Century of the Avant-Garde, Auckland Art Gallery

My first major thematic exhibition was which included works by artists like Marcel Duchamp, Tinguely, Raphael do Soto, Arman, John Cage and David Medalla, that exemplified aleatory processes, transformation, kinetics and serendipity in their works. This was a culmination in many ways of my MFA thesis.


Canaletto: Master of Venice, Auckland Art Gallery


The Print: Methods and Masterpieces, Auckland Art Gallery


Advance Australian Painting, Auckland Art Gallery

Jorg Immendorff in Auckland, Auckland Art Gallery


Down to Earth: Boyle Family in New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery


The Painted Dream: Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings, Auckland Art Gallery


Linda Benglis: From the Furnace, Auckland Art Gallery


Aussemblage: Everyday objects transformed, Auckland Art Gallery


Transformers: A moving experience, Auckland Art Gallery


Peter Hill. The Art Fair Murders: A Superfiction, Auckland Art Gallery


Ndebele: African Art in the Making, Auckland Art Gallery