Journal of Art Historiography (Jun 2011)

Aboriginal Art: Who was interested?

  • Daniel Thomas

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 4
pp. 4 – DT/1


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This paper addresses the common assumption that Aboriginal art has been absent from Australian art histories and demonstrates how this is not so. It criticises the notion that art history should be represented by specialised art-history books and argues for the important of art museum displays as texts. It also examines the ways in which Aboriginal art has been examined in literature devoted to Australian history and anthropology. It foregrounds the idea that arts history is not necessarily best represented by official art historical texts.