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Bobby Nganjmirra

The Dealer is the Devil

An Insider's History of the Aboriginal Art Trade

  • author: Adrian Newstead OAM
  • foreword: Djon Mundine OAM
  • publisher: Brandl & Schlesinger

Part road trip, part memoir, part history, part political commentary, The Dealer is the Devil is informative thought-provoking and provocative. It is an incredibly exciting and fast paced account of the fluctuating fortunes and exponential success of the Aboriginal art movement, with all of the elements one would expect of a complex drama, played out on a national and international stage.

Every rock, every hill, every water, I know that place backwards and forwards, up and down, inside out. It`s my country and I got names for every place.

Queenie McKenzie at Black Fellas Creek, Old Texas, 1995

The Dealer is the Devil is the story of the modern Aboriginal art movement - a most important and transcendent chapter of contemporary Australian art history. Within the space of just forty years, Indigenous artists transformed the perception of their culture from something of strictly ethnographic interest into one of the great internationally acclaimed contemporary art movements. Part road trip, memoir, history and political commentary,

The Dealer is the Devil is thought-provoking and provocative. It is a fast-paced account of the fluctuating fortunes and exponential success of the Aboriginal art movement, with all the elements one would expect of a complex drama, played out on a national and international stage.

the text is a masterpiece of arts writing

Clive Tilsley, Books+Publishing

Full of crucial history and unparalleled knowledge. It is a fabulous read

Fred Myers, Silver Professor, Department of Anthropology, New York University

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