Justin Paton has recently been awarded the 2012 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship, previously known as the New Zealand Post Mansfield Prize, is one of New Zealand's longest-standing and most prestigious literary opportunities for established and mid-career New Zealand writers. The fellowship offers a residency of at least six months in Menton, France and NZ$75,000. The support of the city of Menton enables a New Zealand author to work at the Villa Isola Bella where Katherine Mansfield lived and wrote during the latter part of her life.
WINNER - Montana New Zealand Book award for Contemporary Culture
WINNER - G.A. Pindar & Son Awa rd for Best Typography
Best art book of the year - New Zealand Listener
Best art book of the year - The Press
PRAISE FOR HOW TO LOOK AT A PAINTING:
New Zealand's most readable art critic. A lively and sensual stylist with a knack for making you feel his enthusiasms...Nothing gets between Paton and a painting" - 'Best Books of 2005' - New Zealand Listener
"A good fast read, bereft of pretension and packed with common sense. If you've ever gone to an exhibition and felt intimidated, underwhelmed or just plain confused - and haven't we all - this is the book for you" - Chris Hunter, Leaf Salon
'Elegant, accessible and endlessly thought-provoking'
RICHARD WOLFE, Art New Zealand
'An informed book and a stimulating one'
ELIZABETH RANKIN, The Art Book
'A cultural exploration that deserves to become a classic'
CHRISTOPHER MOORE, The Press
'Elegant and persuasive. Paton is a brilliant stylist'
ROGER BLACKLEY, The Dominion Post
'It's a convivial trip - conversational, anecdotal, informative and often humorous - Paton encourages us to stand still enough, long enough, to read the body language of a painting'
SALLY BLUNDELL, Art News
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