Degas to Dali at the Auckland Art Gallery

By Edward Hanfling In Art

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24th March, 2012
The tradition we call “art” has steadily declined since the late 19th century. Did I really just write that? And why have I been studying and writing about modern and contemporary art all these years? But the proof of my assertion can be found at Auckland Art Gallery in Degas to Dalí, an impressive display of 19th- and 20th-century art from the National Galleries of Scotland. The most recent painting, the last you come to in the exhibition, dates from the 1980s. It is by the much-celebrated German-born Englishman Lucian Freud. Nothing wrong with the sentiment – a naked and ...

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