Faculty of Arts - Art History

Associate Professor Leonard Bell

BA , PhD (Auck) , PGDip Art History (Dist) (Edin)

Associate Professor in Art History,
Postgraduate Adviser Art History

Associate Professor Leonard Bell

Art History, Humanities

Email: l.bell@auckland.ac.nz

Extension: 87261 (ph + 64 9 373 7599)

Arts 2
18 Symonds St
Level 5
Room 510

Selected Publications



Jewish Lives in New Zealand: A History, Random House, Auckland, 2012 (co-editor, with Diana Morrow).

From Prague to Auckland: the Photography of Frank Hofmann (1916-1989), Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, 2011.

Marti Friedlander, Auckland, Auckland University Press, 2009.

In Transit: Questions of Home and Belonging in New Zealand Art, Wellington, Victoria University Press, 2007.

Displacement and Creativity: Refugees and the Arts in New Zealand, Auckland, Gus Fisher Gallery, 2001.

Colonial Constructs: European Images of Māori 1840-1914, Auckland, Auckland University Press and Melbourne University Press, 1992.

The Maori in European Art: a survey of the representation of the Maori from the time of Captain Cook to the present day, Wellington, A. H. and A. W. Reed Ltd., 1980.

Chapters in books

"The Contributions of Jewish Individuals in New Zealand: 1840s to the Present", in Avrum Ehrlich (ed.), The Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora, Santa Barbara, CA, ABC-CLIO Inc., p 1-3, 2008.

"Fractured Families: John Davis’s photo-portraits of Robert Louis Stevenson and 'family' in  Samoa", in Art and the British Empire, Tim Barringer, Geoff Quilley & Douglas Fordham (eds.), Manchester and New York, Manchester University Press, pp 309-26, 2007.

"Is Art History Global?: reflections from another place", in Is Art History Global, Jamers Elkins (ed.), London, Routledge, pp 376-7, 2007.

"Shadows and Light", in Marti Friedlander: Shadows and Light, Auckland, FhE Galleries, pp 4-14, 2007.

"Auckland’s Centrepiece: Unsettled Identities, Unstable Monuments, in Making History Memorable: Pasts and Presents", in Settler Colonialism, Annie Coombes (ed.), Manchester, Manchester University Press, pp 85-102, 2006.

"Eyeing Samoa: People, Places and Spaces in Photographs of the Late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries", in Tropical Visions in an Age of Empire, Eds. Felix Driver and Luciana Martins, Chicago, Chicago University Press, pp 156-174, 2005.

"Facing one another: Marti Friedlander’s arresting views", in Contemporary New Zealand Photographers, Lara Strongman (ed.), Auckland, Mountain View Press and Craig Potton Publications, pp 90-97, 2005.

"Colonial eyes transformed: looking at/in paintings: Augustus Earle’s Wentworth Falls", in Radical Revisionism, Rex Butler (ed.), Brisbane, Institute of Modern Art, pp 132-139, 2005.

"Pakeha have rights too!: Peter Robinson’s Swastikas – cheap shots? Necessary transgression? Legitimate socio-political critique? Millennial confusion", Predictions: the role of art at the end of the millennium (Select Proceedings of  Art Association of Australia and New Zealand annual conference, 1999), Victoria University of  Wellington, pp 91-96, 2000.

"A stranger arrives: the art and writing of Frederick Ost in New Zealand", in Exul Poeta: Leben und Werk Karl Wolfkehls im italienischen und neuseelandischen Exil 1933-1948, Friedrich Voit and August Obermayer (eds.), Dunerdin, Otago German Studies Monograph 11, University of Otago, pp 324-344, 1999.

"Looking at Goldie: face to face with ‘All ‘e Same t’e Pakeha", in Double Vision: Art Histories and Colonial Histories in the Pacific, Nicholas Thomas and Diane Losche (eds.), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp 163-192, 1999.

"Augustus Earle’s The meeting of the artist and the wounded chief, Hongi, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, 1827, and his oil paintings of other New Zealand encounters", in Voyages and Beaches: Europe and the Pacific, 1769-1840, Jonathan Lamb, Bridget Orr and Alex Calder (eds.), Honolulu, University of Hawai’i Press, pp 235-255, 1999.

"To see or not to see: conflicting eyes in the travel art of Augustus Earle", in Orientalism Transposed: the impact of the colonies on British culture, Julie Codell and Dianne Sachko Macleod (eds.), Aldershot, Ashgate, pp 117-139, 1998 [This book be translated into Japanese, and published by Hosei University].

"Art, photography, the crafts, and German-speaking immigrants", in Out of the Shadow of War: German-speaking Europe and New Zealand in the 20th century, James Bade (ed.), Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, pp 61-76, 1998.

"Two Paintings by C.F. Goldie: their brilliant careers", in Roger Blackley, Goldie, Auckland, Auckland Art Gallery and David Bateman, pp 115-120, 1997.

"Picturing Omai", in Writing a New country: a collection of essays presented to E.H. McCormick in his 88th year, James Ross, Linda Gill and Stuart McRae (eds.), Auckland, pp 140-151, 1993.

"German-speaking artists in New Zealand", in The German Connection: New Zealand and German-speaking Europe in the Nineteenth Century, James Bade (ed.), Auckland, Oxford University Press, pp 104-118, 1993.

"Life and Death at Sea: L. J. Steele and C.F. Goldie’s The Arrival of the Maoris in New Zealand, 1898", in Now. See. Hear: Art, Language and Translation, Iain Wedde and Gregory Burke (eds.), Wellington, Victoria University Press, pp 87-94, 1990.

"Walters and Maori Art: The Nature of the Relationship?", in Gordon Walters: Order and Intuition, James Ross and Laurence Simmons (eds.), Auckland, pp 12-24, 1989.


'Strange Attractors: Augustus Earle and Charles Darwin in New Zealand', Journal of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, Vol. 11, 2010, pp. 79-96.

"Looking outwards; looking inwards: threshold spaces in the work of two migrant Central European photographers in New Zealand in the mid twentieth century", Journal of New Zealand Art History, 30, 2009.

"Surveying Peryerland: Peter Peryer Photographer, with essays by Peter Simpson and Perter Peryer", Art New Zealand, (103), p 66-68, 2009.

"The Third Richard: a film by Danny Mulheron and Sarah Stretton", Review in New Zealand Jewish Chronicle, 65, p 13, 2009.

"A Very Peculiar Practice: Girolamo Nerli’s The Savage Chief (1897)", Journal of New Zealand Art History, 26, 2005, pp 26-39.

"Seeing Differently: the shift from the pictorial to the photographic in the shaping of the Pacific", Journal of Maritime Research [E periodical], London, National Maritime Museum, February 2005 [c.9,000 words].

"Outside Voices Disturbing the Peace: two German doctors and their writings about art and culture in New Zealand", Journal of New Zealand Art History, 24, pp 261-272, 2003.

"Pictures as History: Settlement as Theatre: John Davis’s Photo-portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson and Family, Vailima, Samoa, 1892", Journal of New Zealand Literature [Special issue: Settlement Studies], 20, pp 93-111, 2002.

"Crossing Boundaries: Gottfried Lindauer, a Czech Artist in New Zealand and his Paintings of Māori", Umeni [Journal of the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic], XLVIII, pp 218-230, 2000.

"Colonial Eyes Transformed: looking at/in paintings: an exploratory essay", Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 1, 1, pp 40-62, 2000.

"Looking at Goldie: Face to Face with “All ‘e Same t’e Pakeha”, Voices [Journal  of the National Library of Australia], Canberra, pp 52-72, Summer 1996-97.

"Some Thoughts on Cultural Safety: Contemporary Art from New  Zealand [exhibited in Germany]: Travel and its Hazards", Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, 4, 1996 [4 pp. CD ROM]

"The Colonial Paintings of Charles Frederick Goldie in the 1990s: the Post-colonial Goldie and the Rewriting of History", in First Peoples: Cultures, Policies and Politics (Tony Bennett and Valda Blundell (eds.)), Cultural Studies (London, Routledge), 9, 1, pp 26-42, 1995.

"Travel Art and its Complications: Constance Frederica Gordon Cumming’s Visit to New Zealand in 1877 and the Colonial and Indian Exhibition of 1886", Bulletin of New Zealand Art History, 16, pp 29-44, 1995.

"Nicholas Chevalier’s Journey through Canterbury in 1866: Contexts and Connections", Bulletin of New Zealand Art History, 14, pp 97-104, 1993.

"Landfall, the 'Primitive' and the Visual Arts in the 1950s", Landfall: the Fifties Issue [Guest ed. Francis Pound], New Series, 1, 1, pp 106-111, 1993.

"The Representation of Māori Myth and Legend by European artists in New Zealand, ca. 1890-1914", Art Journal [Journal of the College Art Association of America], 49, 2 (‘Depictions of the Dispossessed’, ed. Cecelia Klein), pp 142-149, Summer 1990.

"Artists and Empire: Victorian Representations of Subject People", Art History, 5, 1, pp 73-86, 1982.

"Popular Imagery in the Service of Missionary Ideology: Illustrations of Missionary Scenes: An Offering to Youth, Joseph Scholz, Mayence, 1856", Bulletin of New Zealand Art History, 7, pp 2-14, 1979.

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