The Dealer is the Devil: An Insiders History of the Aboriginal Art Trade

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Brandl & Schlesinger, Feb 1, 2014 - Art - 480 pages
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 Adrian Newstead’s explosive memoir lifts the lid on what Robert Hughes once described as “the last great art movement of the 20th century.” After thirty years sitting round campfires with Aboriginal artists all over Australia, Newstead has produced the definitive expose of “the first great art movement of the 21st century”. From remote indigenous communities with their dispossessed populations of tribal elders and troubled youth, to the gleaming white box galleries, high powered auction houses, and formidable art institutions of major cities all over the world, 

Newstead combines personal anecdotes with an insider’s grasp of the inter national art market.  With vivid portraits of artists, dealers and scamsters, the book races from pre-contact and colonial days to the heady celebrations of the Sydney Olympics and the devastating impact of the global financial crisis. Newstead’s humour, love and respect for his subjects produces a story that reads at times like a thriller and also a lament for a lost world.

WBN reviewers gave five stars to The Dealer is the Devil, Adrian Newstead’s ‘personal and encyclopaedic’ examination of the Indigenous art industry 

 

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Contents

Foreword
INITIATION
HotWired
Old Cowboys
Songlines 4 Cultural Revival is Survival
Kith and
BEYOND THE HORIZON
Cave Painting 7 Artefacts Eastern Australia 8 The First Aboriginal Artists
Slander
Independence
Attribution 48 Toyota Dreaming
Bogus
Ownership
Fin de Siècle
ART GOES INTO OVERDRIVE
Fun and Games

Early Collectors
THE DEVELOPING MARKET
Anthropologists Missionaries and Ethnographers
Early Collections 12 The Passport to Arnhem Land 13 Early Bark Painters ofWestern and Central Arnhem Land 14 North EastArnhem Land 15 Que...
Land of the Wandjina
GO WEST YOUNG
The Birthof a HomeGrown ArtIndustry 18 Home ofthe Honey Ant 19 Early Desert Masters
Creating a Market Desert Arts Takeover
Spread of Western Desert Art 25 For theLove of Artefacts 26 Dont Bring Your Love to Town 27 Across the Tanami The Emerging Warlpiri Artists
Eastern Desert Utopia
Balgo Hills
On the Road
Arnhem Land Artists of Renown
Bad Balanda Blood 33 Urban Art 34 The Mainstreaming of AboriginalArt 35 The Demiseof The Company 36 An Accident Waiting To Happen HIG...
Fakery
Authorship
Desert Blush
Pride and Prejudice 55 The Star Has LefttheBuilding The Rise andRise ofTommyWatson 56 Fire Fire Burning Bright
Status Anxiety
Whos Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
Une Guerre de Territoire
Off the Beaten Track
Twinkle Twinkle Tinkle Tinkle
Auction Wars 63 Renewing the Dreaming 64 Reccon Silly Nation 65 Its Not Just Black and White 66 Imagine Epilogue
Authors Note
Endnotes
Timeline
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Acknowledgments Photographic Credits and Copyright
Index
Copyright

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