Positioning urban Aboriginal art in the Australian Indigenous art market

Katrina Chapman


This paper investigates perceptions about urban Aboriginal art and its place in the Australian Indigenous art market, illustrating that these perceptions change depending upon the viewers' relative position. It argues that the estrangement of urban Aboriginal art from work identified as traditional has much to do with the perceived yawning chasm (both spatial and cultural) between traditional artists and the rest of the world, and that this gulf has been emphasised in the process of the management of the Aboriginal art market. A key finding of this paper is that the process of defining urban Aboriginal art brings into review existing assumptions about Aboriginal art and the environments it is created in..

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Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management; ISSN 1449-1184
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