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Billy Apple

Mercurial Consistency

By Martin Patrick

A REQUESTED SUBTRACTION, 10 APRIL 1974, 1971–74, silver gelatin print, 

printed paper with handwritten annotations, 57 x 83 cm. Courtesy the artist and Mayor Gallery, London. 

Without question one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most remarkable artists, Billy Apple is nearing 80. His lengthy, and still ongoing, career has encompassed direct involvement in some of the most crucial phenomena of postwar and contemporary art, from Pop to Conceptualism, body art to institutional critique—sometimes all together. While the artist could be considered mercurial in terms of the sheer…

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