The Radical by Warren Feeney review

By Sally Blundell In Books

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21st April, 2012
Conservative, reactionary, barriers to forays into new artistic waters – history has not been kind to arts societies, but are such accusations warranted? Regarding the Canterbury Society of Arts, Warren Feeney, previous director of the CSA’s later incarnation, Christchurch’s Centre of Contemporary Art gallery, suggests not. For almost 100 years, he argues, the CSA “was the most influential and dynamic arts society in New Zealand”. Founded in 1880, it was undoubtedly a splendid idea at the time – a society to promote the study of fi ne arts and hold regular exhibitions of original ...

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