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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 33 No. 8. 10 June 1970

Critic unstimulated

Critic unstimulated

Clement Greenberg's brief discussion of the contemporary art scene pointed to the inevitable limitations to which art in New Zealand is subjected. Though we may strive to create a significant art scene our aspirations must be necessarily modest.

For, as Mr Greenberg emphasised, all great art is produced and is intimately connected with a major art centre: Paris for the last generation. New York today. Such a centre provides the pressure and stimulation of the most ambitious artists of the day.

It offers the opportunity to see the actual creations of the contemporary movement, as compared to the crude reproductions available elsewhere. And so New Zealanders rarely get a chance to view great works of art. Consequentially all our important artists must seek inspiration overseas—an unfortunate situation to which no satisfactory solution seems possible.