Dowiyogo's Ancient Coral Coffee Table

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelbourne Vic Australia
PublisherThe Substation Centre for Art & Culture
Sizenull
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventRegimes of Value - The Substation Centre for Art and Culture, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Duration: 7 Mar 20137 Apr 2013

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Mangan, N. (Artist). (2013). Dowiyogo's Ancient Coral Coffee Table. Commissioned or Visual Artwork, Melbourne Vic Australia: The Substation Centre for Art & Culture.
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Mangan, N, Dowiyogo's Ancient Coral Coffee Table, 2013, Commissioned or Visual Artwork, The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, Melbourne Vic Australia.
Dowiyogo's Ancient Coral Coffee Table. Mangan, Nicholas (Artist). 2013. Melbourne Vic Australia : The Substation Centre for Art & CultureEvent: Regimes of Value, The Substation Centre for Art and Culture, Melbourne, Vic, Australia.

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkResearch

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Mangan N (Artist). Dowiyogo's Ancient Coral Coffee Table Melbourne Vic Australia: The Substation Centre for Art & Culture. 2013.