The Dealer is the Devil

Adrian Newstead’s new expose on the Aboriginal Art Market has everyone talking.
[This is archived content and may not display in the originally intended format.]

Adrian Newstead with artist Billy Benn, 2012. Courtesy Newstead. 

Officially launched at Sydney’s Australian Galleries (Tuesday, 4 February) the title of Adrian Newstead’s book says it all: The Dealer is the Devil – An Insider’s History of the Aboriginal Art Trade.

There is no better person to tackle such a complex and layered topic as Newstead, founder of Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery (1981), Australia’s oldest continuously operating Aboriginal art gallery, and former President of the Indigenous Art Trade Association, Director of Aboriginal Tourism Australia, and Head of Aboriginal Art for Lawson-Menzies (2003), and Managing Director of Menzies Art Brands until 2008 – a time which has been described as riding the Aboriginal art boom.

Unlock Padlock Icon

Like this content?

Become a Member and unlock unlimited Access today

Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

Unlock Padlock Icon

Support us to keep providing
Arts news and jobs

Become a member and unlock access to jobs and all premium articles and news content