Andrew Paul Wood
infamously at the centre of controversy. The society had decided to purchase some works by the celebrated ex-New Zealand painter Frances Hodgkins and asked the British Council to send them examples from various stages in her career. Six paintings were sent but the CSA rejected all of them, resulting in public outcry and the deposing of three Hodgkins supporters from the CSA’s council. One of the excommunicated, Barbara Frankel, organised a public subscription to purchase one Hodgkins watercolour, The Pleasure Garden (1932), to donate to the City Council for hanging in the city’s Robert McDougal Art Gallery, only to have it rejected for its precocious expressive abstraction. There was more public outcry, petitions and letters to the editor. The Council only relented when Auckland Art Gallery offered to buy the painting in 1951.