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Commentary

New Zealand

Bill Hammond Paints New Zealand

Stuck here in paradise, with the Buller’s Blues again.

Allan Smith

BILL HAMMOND, Watching for Buller, 1993, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 120 cm, Wallace Trust Collection, Auckland.

Mission moves through a black tunnel, which opens onto a series of dioramas: The last deer lemur falls to a hunter’s arrow. Passenger pigeons rain from the trees to salvos of gunfire and plump down on the plates of fat bankers and politicians with their gold watch chains and gold fillings. The humans belch out the…

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