White Aborigines: Identity Politics in Australian Art

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This highly original book shows that Australian art, and the writing of its history, has since settlement been in a dialogue although often submerged with Aboriginal art and culture; and that this dialogue is inextricably interwoven with the struggle to find an identity in the antipodes. McLean argues that the colonising culture invested far more in indigenous aspects of the country and its inhabitants than it has been willing to admit. He considers artists and their work within their cultural context, and in ...
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Overview

This highly original book shows that Australian art, and the writing of its history, has since settlement been in a dialogue although often submerged with Aboriginal art and culture; and that this dialogue is inextricably interwoven with the struggle to find an identity in the antipodes. McLean argues that the colonising culture invested far more in indigenous aspects of the country and its inhabitants than it has been willing to admit. He considers artists and their work within their cultural context, and in light of contemporary theory.
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"Ian McLean's White Aborigines is a lucid and intelligent investigation of the ways in which relationships between Aborigines and non-Aborigines have been represented in Australian art from 1788 to the present. At the same time as McLean explores the historical dialogue between Aboriginal art and white Australian art he also addresses difficult questions about cultural affiliation and reconciliaton in present-day Australia." Carrie Dawson, Antipodes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521120678
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Ocean and the Antipodes 1
2 Artful Killings 17
3 The Art of Settlement 34
4 The Bad Conscience of Impressionism 52
5 Aboriginalism and Australian Nationalism 74
6 The Aboriginal Renaissance 98
7 Aboriginality and Contemporary Australian Painting 120
8 Painting for a New Republic 134
Postscript: The Wandering Islands 149
Notes 167
Bibliography 187
Index 197
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