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What Ray Hughes taught us about art

Last Updated:2017-12-26

Dr. Geoff Raby gave a eulogy in late 2017 for the funeral of Ray Hughes, a highly respected Australian art dealer. He spoke of Ray's pivotal role in introducing contemporary Chinese art to Australians and broadening Australian tastes.

"In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Ray pioneered the introduction of Chinese contemporary art into Australia. As ever, he was fearless in taste and in pushing boundaries. He loved the quirky, naughty, humorous, disturbing and dark things in his painters. He was far ahead of the curve when it came to contemporary Chinese art. He introduced many unknown Chinese artists to Australia in those early years, who later went on to become major international names."

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