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Modernism and the novelty trap

Giles Auty

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considers the purchase of Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles by the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra in 1973 and what such an acquisition signifies. A few months back, a rash of 404 Not Found articles appeared in the press which commemorated the dismissal of the Whitlam government thirty years ago and commented on the
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continuing sense of grievance felt by his […]