“Anzart—Australian New Zeaiand Art Encounter,”

Christchurch Arts Centre

“You live in a country that is very far away,” Pierre Restany said at the third Sydney Biennale. But put it another way: Pierre Restany lives in a country that is very far away. Here, after all, is where we are. There are always those two ways about it. Anzart’s concern, however, was with the intermediate, the more immediate, distances. Spaces are greater around here, and there’s less in them. Places are further apart. Christchurch, New Zealand, is further from Sydney than London is from Moscow. This part of the art world contains a number of disparate centers and no single point of focus or influence. Each is more or less equally separate. Various art events have addressed these distances; Anzart was the most recent.

The show was modest in scale. Some 40 artists presented work; exhibits were up for two weeks, with performances, lectures, artists’ films, and the like occupying the second

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