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By Abby Cunnane In Art

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22nd March, 2008
There is something exquisitely old-fashioned about a portraiture competition. Historically, portraiture was the domain of the upper classes, those who could afford to have their likeness recorded for posterity. A portraiture competition suggests a judge, tradition, a healthy dose of competitive jostling and speculation, a cash prize and a wall of appropriately grave faces. The New Zealand Portrait Gallery's five-year-old Adam Portraiture Award exhibits some but not all of these qualities. Judged this year by Lilly Koltun, director general of the Portrait Gallery of Canada, the record ...

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