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1st Auckland Triennial

Simon Rees

PATRICK POUND, Scrapbook Arcade, 2000--2001 (detail), scrapbooks, photographs, camera, drawers, bed, approx. 420 x 650 x 650 cm, courtesy Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland.

"Bright Paradise: Exotic History and Sublime Artifice," the 1st Auckland Triennial, was an event pitched at situating New Zealand art within an international discourse in the context of a regionally directed "global" exhibition, much like the Asia-Pacific Triennial or the Biennale of Sydney, although on a smaller scale. Presenting the work of thirty-two artists—fifteen from New Zealand, six from Australia, and eleven internationals—it seemed…

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