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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has light browning to the spine area. There is age spotting to the first and last 5 pages. The rest of the book has no faults.

The dimensions: 222x288mm.
Pages: 219
Publisher: Millwood Press
Publication date: 1983 first edition

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Portrait of a Century
By Robin Kay & Tony Eden

The history of the NZ Academy of Fine Arts 1882-1982

Portrait of a Century is the history of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts over the past one hundred years.

The Academy was founded in 1882 to promote and encourage fine arts in New Zealand. The first exhibition was held in July the following year.

This volume celebrates both events: the academy's administrative history and artistic participation. More than 4,000 exhibiting artists were listed in Academy catalogues during that period. Their names are recorded here.

There are more than three hundred illustrations featuring some of the works exhibited at the Academy, many in colour.

The role of the officers and administrators in shaping the Academy's history makes fascinating reading and we can admire their foresight today-- it was from works gifted by the Academy that the National Gallery formed its original collection.

The book ends with a list of artists who exhibited in the Centenary Exhibition in July 1983. The response to this Exhibition was overwhelming and shows that having finished the first one hundred years with enthusiasm, the Academy steps into the future with undiminished vigour.

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