By Guy Somerset In Books

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24th May, 2008
Art appreciation for young New Zealanders has come a long way from when Gregory O'Brien was a schoolboy in the 1970s. "I went to Sacred Heart College in Auckland, which I guess you could say was a school that really liked its rugby. Really, really liked its rugby," says the poet, writer, curator and - easy to forget after all the preceding - painter. "The art room - I'm sure it's moved now, but in that era it was right next to the toilets. It had a concrete floor, it had a bad odour. It wasn't treated with any respect." Art is treated with much more respect these days, both in schools ...

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