This book brings together leading scholars and practitioners to take stock of the frictions generated by a tumultuous time in the Australian art field and to probe what the crises might mean for the future of the arts in Australia.

    Specific topics include national and international art markets; art practices in their broader social and political contexts; social relations and institutions and their role in contemporary Australian art; the policy regimes and funding programmes of Australian governments; and national and international art markets. In addition, the collection will pay detailed attention to the field of indigenous art and the work of Indigenous artists.

    This book will be of interest to scholars in contemporary art, art history, cultural studies, and Indigenous peoples.

    chapter |12 pages


    The Australian Art Field – Frictions and Futures
    ByDeborah Stevenson, Tony Bennett, Fred Myers, Tamara Winikoff

    part Part 1|102 pages

    Framing the Arts

    part |100 pages


    chapter 1|14 pages

    The Australian Art Exhibitionary Complex

    ByTerry Smith

    chapter 2|13 pages

    Mona and the Political-Cultural Economy of Independent Galleries

    ByAdrian Franklin

    chapter 3|12 pages

    On the Possibility of Another Australian Art History

    ByRex Butler, A.D.S. Donaldson

    chapter 4|14 pages

    ‘Craftsperson’, ‘Artist’, ‘Designer’

    Problematising the ‘Art Versus Commerce’ Divigde Within Australian Creative Fields Today
    BySusan Luckman

    chapter 5|13 pages

    Feminist Effects

    Australian Visual Artists Past, Present, Future
    ByJulie Ewington

    chapter 6|15 pages

    Australian Working-Class Art Field

    Its Making and Unmaking
    ByTony Moore

    chapter 7|17 pages

    Liking Australian Art, Liking Australian Culture

    ByTony Bennett, Modesto Gayo

    part Part 2|92 pages

    Governance, Institutions, and the Social

    part |90 pages


    chapter 8|12 pages

    Cultural Policy in Australia

    Key Themes in the Governance of the Arts
    ByDeborah Stevenson

    chapter 9|15 pages

    Experiments with Arts Institutions

    The Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation and Frontyard
    ByLaura Fisher, Alexandra Crosby

    chapter 10|12 pages

    Art Education and the Maker Movement

    Identity, Wellbeing, Community, and Entrepreneurship
    ByKylie Budge

    chapter 12|13 pages

    Artist Activism in a Cultural Policy Void

    ByCecelia Cmielewski

    chapter 13|12 pages

    Gaming the Data

    The Evaluation of Arts Activities and the Tensions for Public Policy
    ByHilary Glow, Katya Johanson

    chapter 14|12 pages

    Arguing Value

    Attitudes and Activism
    ByTamara Winikoff

    part Part 3|60 pages

    Indigenous Art

    part |58 pages


    chapter 15|13 pages

    The Work of Art

    Hope, Disenchantment, and Indigenous Art in Australia
    ByFred Myers

    chapter 16|13 pages

    Indigenising the Australian Artworld

    National Culture and State Sovereignty
    ByIan McLean

    chapter 17|15 pages

    Approaching the Sovereign

    From Art Centres to Art Fairs
    ByJennifer L. Biddle

    chapter 18|15 pages

    Indigenous Curatorial Interpellations

    Insistence and Refusal
    ByStephen Gilchrist

    part Part 4|48 pages

    Artists’ Voices

    part |46 pages


    chapter 19|6 pages

    Speaking of an Unquiet Country

    ByDanie Mellor

    chapter 20|6 pages

    Testing the Ground Art and ‘Difficult’ Histories

    ByJulie Gough

    chapter 21|6 pages

    In Between

    ByHossein Valamanesh

    chapter 22|6 pages

    Cultural Democracy in Action

    ByJulie Shiels

    chapter 23|6 pages

    Body Disclosures

    ByJulie Rrap

    chapter 24|5 pages

    Labour and Ritual

    ByBen Quilty

    chapter 25|7 pages

    Futile Fighting, Fanciful Folly

    ByDeborah Kelly