Wednesday, May 19, 2010


It is now 35 years since Helen and I opened Parsons Bookshop in Auckland.  Initially we were a smaller version of Parsons Wellington - a broad based serious bookshop.  My father, Roy Parsons, provided the expertise (and some of the start up capital).  Gradually the shop evolved into the specialist bookshop of today, concentrating on our two passions, art and New Zealand books.  The revolution in New Zealand publishing has brought us enormous pleasure.  Half of our stock is now New Zealand published.
Included in this newsletter are details of new books on John Pule, Peter Robinson, Darryn George and Francis Upritchard.  Also many new overseas catalogues on Gorky, Ofili, Moore, Renoir, Alice Neel, Orozco, Picasso, Barbara Rae and Maurizio Cattelan.  Plus Biennale catalogues from Sydney, Adelaide and Whitney.

Roger Parsons.

Darryn George Catalogue $59.95
Text by Lara Strongman.  Interview with Diedre Brown.  Works 2004-2009.
Hardbound, 56 colour illustrations. Stock due late May

Mary McIntyre by Robin Woodward $49.95
Extensive colour illustration. Hardbound.

Hauaga: The Art of John Pule possibly $120.00
First major volume on the work of John Pule. Essays by Gregory O'Brien, Peter Brunt and Nicholas Thomas.  Hardbound. 184 pages, over 100 colour illustrations.  Published to coincide with a major survey exhibition at the City Gallery, Wellington.   Stock due June.  Taking orders.

Peter Robinson: Snow Ball Blind Time $55.00
Companion to Govett-Brewster 2008 exhibition.  Includes a "walkthrough" DVD of the exhibition.
Essays by Allan Smith, Rachel Kent and Rhana Devenport.

John Z Robinson: Red Studio: Forty-Five Prints $39.99
Introduction by Laurence Fearnley.

Francis Upritchard: Every Colour by Itself  $49.95
Figures 2007-2008. Colour illus. No text.

Jan van der Ploeg: Wall Paintings 2005-2009 $95.00
Jan is not a kiwi but a regular visitor to New Zealand.
This catalogue includes NZ works - we have a wall work in the shop.

Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon: The 4th Auckland Triennial.  Catalogue $35.00

Looking Glass: Reflections Ideas. 21 NZ Glass artists.  Sarjeant Gallery $39.95

Te Mata: The Ethnological Portrait by Roger Blackley $25.00
Documents the 2008 exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery.

Unnerved: The NZ Project Parsons Price $49.95 (RRP $57.95)
Queensland Art Gallery exhibition catalogue

Tatau:  Photographs by Mark Adams Parsons Price $69.95  (RRP $80.00)
Text by Sean Mallon, Peter Brunt and Nicholas Thomas. 160 pages.

Reading Room: A Journal of Art & Culture Issue 4, 2010 $25.00


Towards a Promised Land: On the Life and Art of Colin McCahon Parsons Price $69.95  (RRP $79.99)
Colin McCahon by Gordon Brown

Sense of Place: Photographs by Robin Morrison Parsons Price $29.95  (RRP $59.95)

Both the above books are now out-of-print.  We have the last copies.


The Invention of NZ: Art and National Identity 1930-970 Parsons Price $65.00  (RRP $75.00)
by Francis Pound 

Reduced Price:
 The Big Picture by Hamish Keith Now $20.00  (was $49.95)
Judy Darragh: So.. You Made it? Now $19.95  (was $49.95)
Crafted by Design. NZ Craft Artists Now $10.00  (was $59.95)
At Home: A Century of NZ Design Now $29.95  (was$69.95)
Chris Booth: Woven Stone: Sculpture Now $29.95  (was $69.95) 
Let's Get Art: Children Look at Contemporary NZ ART by Brad Irwin. Now $10.00  (was $34.95)

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Parsons Bookshop Auckland
26 Wellesley Street East
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

Ph +64 9 303 1557
Fax +64 9 357 0877

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