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Sacred Exchanges: Images in Global Context

Robyn Ferrell


As the international art market globalizes the indigenous image, it changes its identity, status, value, and purpose in local and larger contexts. Focusing on a school of Australian Aboriginal painting that has become popular in the contemporary art world, the book traces the influence of cultural exchanges on art, the self, and attitudes toward the other. Aboriginal acrylic painting, produced by indigenous women artists of the Australian Desert, bears a superficial resemblance to abstract expressionism and is often read as such by viewers. Yet to see this art only through a Western lens is to ... More

Keywords: Australian Aboriginal painting, Aboriginal acrylic painting, indigenous women artists, Australian Desert, abstract expressionism, photojournalism, ecotourism, sacred sites, modern art, postmodern culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231148801
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231148801.001.0001


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Robyn Ferrell, author

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