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

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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 dis ...more
Kindle Edition, 787 pages
Published January 29th 2014 by Brandl & Schlesinger
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Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absorbing history of the Aboriginal art industry, written by a white dealer at its centre. The author bridges the political divide from activists to arch-capitalists, so both sides will no doubt find something to offend them. Surprisingly he is also somewhat self-critical. Here are some quotes that jumped out at me:

[Guboo Ted Thomas said:] The Earth is our Mother. When I die I'm going down there. When you die you're going there too. But what are you doing for the Earth?

What he [Guboo] cared
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