Life is short but art endures?

By Hamish Keith In Cultural Curmudgeon

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15th September, 2012
Life is short but art endures. That is a line from Hippocrates that seems to have little application in our fair land. “Life is short and art gets the biff” seems a more appropriate aphorism. What is it in the national DNA that gives us such a callous disregard for works of art in our public spaces? Little wonder a reconstructed bus stop took the National Contemporary Art Award in the Waikato last month. The time between buses seems a near perfect fit for our cultural attention span. Also last month, Helen Clark, former Prime Minister and, more to the point, former Minister for Arts, Culture ...

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