Making a mockery

By Hamish Keith In Cultural Curmudgeon

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31st January, 2013
It should be no surprise to New Zealanders to discover their Parliament has an art collection. Valued at a modest $12 million, it is unlikely to attract much in the way of political avarice and end up any time soon under the hammer in one of the country’s numerous art auctioneers. Nor would it be any surprise to discover not many of the country’s 121 members of Parliament give much thought to the art on their walls – politics and art are a notoriously poor fit. What is a surprise, though, is to be treated in the New Zealand Herald to a superficial and flippant ...

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