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Old Sep 17th 2010, 4:43 pm
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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news...-1225925601112

I think her comments are very valid.

Her comments are controversial because most of the industry has long rejected the labelling of Aboriginal artworks as ethnographic museum pieces.

But in the paper, to be published in the UNESCO journal Diogenes in November, Dr Wilson-Anastasios says these issues explain, for example, why Aboriginal artists face double standards about authenticity. While Western artists sometimes use assistants, or take advice from dealers, similar practices are more controversial in the Aboriginal world.

"Because the most sought-after ethnographic art emerges from a culturally immaculate source, workshop practices that are commonplace in the contemporary art world are anathema to collectors of ethnography," she says.
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Although you wouldn't describe Pablo Picasso's art as Spanish you might label it as surreal. It depends on whether the word Aboriginal describes the people or the type of art. I would suggest the latter in this case.

I agree on the double standards. I can't see why Aboriginal art can't be produced in the same way as western art. (Maybe they could get someone to pickle a possum for them.) But that would open up the question about non-aboriginals producing Aboriginal art.
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Old Sep 18th 2010, 9:57 am
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it always looks like something a little kid could do at school
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