The 2010 Festival looks like an exception, with:
- Janet Cardiff at City Gallery Wellington
- Bill Viola at the Dowse
- Anthony McCall at the Adam Art Gallery
- Judy Millar and Francis Upritchard's Venice Biennale projects at Te Papa
While I'm most excited by Cardiff's The Forty-Part Motet, a work I've wanted to see/hear for years, I'm most impressed that the Dowse has scored the Viola work. This, combined with the recent pick-up in programming and exhibition design out in the Hutt, makes me wonder whether new director Cam McCracken might be making a play for the contemporary art crown that the City Gallery has held by default in recent years. Competition can only be good for us consumers.