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Modernism and the novelty trap

Giles Auty considers the purchase of Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles


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by the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra in 1973 and what such an acquisition signifies. A few months back, a rash of articles appeared 404 Not Found in the press which commemorated the dismissal of the Whitlam government thirty years ago and commented on the continuing

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sense of grievance felt by his […]