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The Australian Art Field
Practices, Policies, Institutions

ISBN 9780367184414
Published June 8, 2020 by Routledge
354 Pages 14 Color & 54 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

    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

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    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).


    Winner of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ)'s 2021 Best Anthology!

    Winner of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ)'s 2021 Best Art Writing by an Indigenous Australian (for a chapter by Danie Mellor)!