[A commissioned piece that I wrote in 2005 for artist Hilary Jack, for her project for Cornerhouse/The Bigger Picture in Manchester, Turquoise Bag in a Tree - something that appealed to me as transferring the plastic-bag aesthetic of that scene from American Beauty to an urban, rather than suburban, context. Cite this paper as: Hicks, D. 2005. Contemporary Art and the Contemporary Past. http://weweremodern.blogspot.com/2009/08/contemporary-art-and-contemporary-past.html.]
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