How outsiders get a raw deal

Aboriginal Art Directory | 06.09.08

News source: The Sydney Morning Herald

John McDonald for the Sydney Morning Herald writes an interesting piece on outsider art:

IN SEPTEMBER 2006, the Halle Saint Pierre in Paris hosted a survey of Australian outsider artists. The event was organised by Orange Regional Gallery, without a cent of support from the Australia Council. At the same time, the council spent $1.3 million to see works by Aboriginal artists copied onto the walls and ceiling of the Musee du Quai Branly's administration building. Shortly afterwards, more than $2 million was found to send three artists - and numerous bureaucrats and curators - to the Venice Biennale.

Needless to say, the two latter events were hailed as extraordinary triumphs for Australian art abroad, although it is difficult to find much corroboration outside of the Ozco press releases. The Australian outsiders show, which cost about $40,000, having been assisted by the Gordon Darling Foundation, was well received in Paris but hardly made a ripple in Australia. This is a familiar story for outsider artists in this country.

URL: http://www.smh.com.au/news/arts/how-outsiders-get-a-raw-deal/2008/09/05/1220121498973.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap2


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