The first, “A Parisian Romance,” by Michael Fitzgerald, is one of the best news articles I’ve seen about the Musee du Quai Branly in the year or so that’s its opening and itshommage to Aboriginal art has been written up in the press. The quality of the writing is just outstanding. Fitzgerald begins with a brief vignette of Gulumbu Yunupingu awaiting Cyclone Monica, and then provides a brief sketch of the career and work of each of the eight artists involved in the project. If you ever feel the need to explain what Aboriginal art is all about to a neophyte, I doubt you could do better than to pass along this little gem of exposition.
The second, “Cultural Production Line,” also by Fitzgerald, is a straightforward story about the growth of the Aboriginal art market and the threats posed to it by the carpetbaggers and backyarders. It manages to catch the heart of the matter without at all being sensational.
Sorry the postings have been so thin lately, but work’s been especially demanding. I’m off tomorrow for four days at a librarian’s conference in Denver. Just me and 1200 other librarians. Makes you shudder just to contemplate it, no?