How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art - Art Collector

26 September 2011 | How Aborigines invented the idea of contemporary art is the first anthology of writing to chronicle the reception of Aboriginal art on the world stage since it began to be recognised as contemporary art.

Edited and introduced by Ian McLean, this book features 96 authors including art critics, historians, curators, art centre co-ordinators, artists, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers and novelists. Comprising almost 150 excerpts, McLean aims to provide readers with a cross-section of the ideas that have dominated the art world since the 1980s.

The anthology argues for a re-evaluation of Aboriginal art’s critical intervention into contemporary art. Ian McLean explains: “As editor I have sought to trace the shifting debates and ideas rather than arrive at a final judgement. To achieve this, this anthology collects texts that focus on ideas and theories that have shaped the art world reception of Aboriginal art.”

The book, featuring texts by Richard Bell, Hetti Perkins, Gordon Bennett and Joan Kerr to name a few, is published by the Institute of Modern Art and Power Publications (400 pages, softcover).

Cassie Newman

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