The Australian Art Field: Practices, Policies, Institutions, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Australian Art Field

Practices, Policies, Institutions, 1st Edition

Edited by Tony Bennett, Deborah Stevenson, Fred Myers, Tamara Winikoff


360 pages | 14 Color Illus. | 54 B/W Illus.

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This book brings together leading scholars and practitioners to take stock of the frictions generated by a tumultuous time in the Australian art field and to probe what the crises might mean for the future of the arts in Australia.

Specific topics include national and international art markets; art practices in their broader social and political contexts; social relations and institutions and their role in contemporary Australian art; the policy regimes and funding programmes of Australian governments; and national and international art markets. In addition, the collection will pay detailed attention to the field of indigenous art and the work of Indigenous artists.

This book will be of interest to scholars in contemporary art, art history, cultural studies, and Indigenous peoples.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Australian Art Field — Fractures and Frictions

Deborah Stevenson, Tony Bennett, Fred Myers and Tamara Winikoff

Part 1: Framing the Arts

Introduction: Tony Bennett

1. The Australian Visual Arts Exhibitionary Complex - Terry Smith

2. Mona and the Political-Cultural Economy of Independent Galleries - Adrian Franklin

3. On the Possibility of Another Australian Art History - Rex Butler and A.D.S. Donaldson

4. ‘Craftsperson’, ‘Artist’, ‘Designer’: Problematising the ‘Art Versus Commerce’ Divide Within Australian Creative Fields Today - Susan Luckman

5. Feminist Effects: Australian Visual Artists Past, Present, Future - Julie Ewington

6. Australian Working-Class Art Field: Its Making and Unmaking - Tony Moore

7. Liking Australian Art, Liking Australian Culture - Tony Bennett and Modesto Gayo

Part 2: Governance, Institutions and the Social

Introduction: Deborah Stevenson

8. Cultural Policy in Australia: Key Themes in the Governance of the Arts - Deborah Stevenson

9. Experiments with Arts Institutions: The Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation and Frontyard - Laura Fisher and Alexandra Crosby

10. Art Education and the Maker Movement: Identity, Wellbeing, Community, and Entrepreneurship - Kylie Budge

11. Why We Need to Talk about Race in the Arts or the Limits of Aspirational Diversity - Rimi Khan

12. Artist Activism in a Cultural Policy Void - Cecelia Cmielewski

13. Gaming the Data: The Evaluation of Cultural Activities and the Tensions for Public Policy - Hilary Glow and Katya Johanson

14. Arguing Value: Attitudes and Activism - Tamara Winikoff

Part 3: Indigenous Art

Introduction: Fred Myers

15. The Work of Art: Hope, Disenchantment and Indigenous Art in Australia - Fred Myers

16.Indigenising the Australian Artworld: National Culture and State Sovereignty - Ian McLean

17.Approaching the Sovereign: From Art Centres to Art Fairs - Jennifer Biddle

18.Indigenous Curatorial Interpellations: Insistence and Refusal - Stephen Gilchrist

Part Four: Artist's Voices

Introduction: Tamara Winikoff

19.Danie Mellor: Speaking of an Unquiet Country

20 Julie Gough: Testing the Ground: Art and ‘Difficult’ Histories

21 Hossein Valamanesh: In Between

22 Julie Shiels: Cultural Democracy in Action

23 Julie Rrap: Body Disclosures

24 Ben Quilty: Labour and Ritual

25 Deborah Kelly: Futile Fighting, Fanciful Folly

About the Editors

Tony Bennett is Research Professor in Social and Cultural Theory in Western Sydney University’s Institute for Culture and Society, and a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the UK Academy of the Social Sciences.

Deborah Stevenson is Professor of Sociology and Urban Cultural Research in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.

Fred Myers is the Silver Professor of Anthropology at New York University.

Tamara Winikoff OAM is a cultural advocate and commentator, policy adviser and senior arts manager. Currently working as an arts consultant, Tamara was previously CEO of the national peak body for the Australian visual arts sector, the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART / History / General
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / Australian & Oceanian
ART / Business Aspects
ART / Museum Studies
HISTORY / Australia & New Zealand
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies