The Dealer is the Devil

The Dealer is the Devil

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Adrian Newsteada€™s explosive memoir lifts the lid on what Robert Hughes once described as a€œthe last great art movement of the 20th century.a€ After thirty years sitting round campfires with Aboriginal artists all over Australia, Newstead has produced the definitive expose of a€œthe first great art movement of the 21st centurya€. 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 insidera€™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. Newsteada€™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 Newsteada€™s a€˜personal and encyclopaedica€™ examination of the Indigenous art industryTheir intimate knowledge of the land enabled them to locate waterholes andsoaksastheynavigated their way across a harsh and forbidding landscape. People like Rover ThomasandQueenieMcKenzie didna#39;t grow up as desert nomads. ... Queensland as they followed the good grass, and driving cattle west on the long journey back to the loading yards at Wyndham. ... Station owners evicted hundredsofstockmen andtheirfamilies who hadformerlybeen paid in rations, andas a resultanbsp;...

Title:The Dealer is the Devil
Author: Adrian Newstead
Publisher:Brandl & Schlesinger - 2014-02-01

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