Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art


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How did Australian art become the most successful indigenous form in the world? How did its artists escape the ethnographic and souvenir markets to become players in an art world to which they had previously been denied access?

This publication provides a comprehensive, accessible and detailed coverage of the unfolding of Indigenous Australian art across time and place, across styles and cultures. From the first encounters between Indigenous people and European colonizers in the late eighteenth century right up to the present, Rattling Spears tells a compelling story of the complex development of Indigenous art in Australia as it manifests itself as one of the major movements within the contemporary art scene.

Author: Ian McLean
ISBN: 9781780239873
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 304