Modern dealer galleries, which focused on sales of original, contemporary art rather than reproductions and framing services, emerged after the Second World War. Their situation was tenuous in the 1950s, but dealer galleries became more securely established in the 1960s, which prompted more to open in the 1970s.
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Source: Athol McCredie, 'Going public: New Zealand art museums in the 1970s'. MA thesis, Massey University, 1999