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Aboriginal art and Australian society : hope and disenchantment / Laura Fisher
Bib ID 7290425
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Fisher, Laura, 1980- author
 
Description London ; New York : Anthem Press, [2016] 
©2016 
xiv, 243 pages ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9781783085316 (hardcover)
1783085312 (hardcover)
Series

Anthem studies in Australian literature and culture.

Summary

"'Hope and Disenchantment' is an investigation of the way the Aboriginal art phenomenon has been entangled with Australian society's negotiation of Indigenous people's status within the nation over the last century. Through critical reflection on Aboriginal art's idiosyncrasies as a fine arts movement, its vexed relationship with money, and its mediation of the politics of identity and recognition, this study illuminates the mutability of Aboriginal art's meanings in different settings. It reveals that this mutability is a consequence of the fact that a range of governmental, activist and civil society projects have appropriated the art's vitality and metonymic power in national public culture, and that Aboriginal art is as much a phenomenon of visual and commercial culture as it is an art movement. Throughout these examinations, Fisher traces the utopian and dystopian currents of thought that have crystallised around the Aboriginal art movement and which manifest the ethical conundrums that underpin the settler state condition"--

"'Hope and Disenchantment' is an investigation of the way the Aboriginal art phenomenon has been entangled with Australian society's negotiation of Indigenous people's status within the nation over the last century. Through critical reflection on Aboriginal art's idiosyncrasies as a fine arts movement, its vexed relationship with money, and its mediation of the politics of identity and recognition, this study illuminates the mutability of Aboriginal art's meanings in different settings. It reveals that this mutability is a consequence of the fact that a range of governmental, activist and civil society projects have appropriated the art's vitality and metonymic power in national public culture, and that Aboriginal art is as much a phenomenon of visual and commercial culture as it is an art movement. Throughout these examinations, Fisher traces the utopian and dystopian currents of thought that have crystallised around the Aboriginal art movement and which manifest the ethical conundrums that underpin the settler state condition"--

Full contents Machine generated contents note: Introduction; Part I: Governance, Nationhood and Civil Society; Chapter 1: New Intercultural Relationships in the Post-Assimilation Era; Chapter 2: Aboriginal People Mobilising Aboriginal Art; Chapter 3: Understanding Aboriginal Art Subsidy; Chapter 4: The State Mobilising Aboriginal Art; Chapter 5: 'Aboriginal culture' at the Nexus of Justice, Recognition and Redemption; Part II: Contemporary Aboriginal Art in the 1980s; Chapter 6: The Emergence of Aboriginal Art in the 1980s; Part III: Negotiating Difference; Chapter 7: Negotiation Aboriginal Difference; Chapter 8: The Art/Anthropology Binary; Part IV: Aboriginal Art, Money and the Market; Chapter 9: Ethics and Exploitation in the Aboriginal Art Market; Chapter 10: 'Aboriginal Mass Culture' and the Cultural Industries; Conclusion. 
Notes

Outgrowth of the author's thesis (doctoral--University of New South Wales, 2012).

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Art and society -- Australia.  |  Art, Aboriginal Australian.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations.  |  History - Art.  |  Art - Policy and administration.  |  Warlpiri people (C15) (NT SF52-04)  |  Politics and Government - Political action - Heritage protection.  |  Art - Aboriginalia.  |  Government policy - Assimilation.  |  Art - Economic aspects.  |  Art - Urban art.  |  Art - Modernism.  |  Art - Postmodernism.  |  Cultural heritage - Protection.  |  Culture - Theory and criticism - Postcolonial.  |  Art - Authenticity.  |  Australia.  |  Kimberley area (WA SD51, SD52, SE51, SE52)  |  Australian

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