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Aboriginal art a casualty of new super rules

Superannuation rules were changed in 2011 to ensure investments were really used in retirement. But journalist at The Citizen Sally Stewart says the rules had an unintended victim.

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The legal row to protect 30,000-year-old rock art in WA

Divisions have emerged in Western Australia over the protection of ancient Aboriginal rock art in the Dampier Archipelago. Locals are at war with miners and have taken the fight to Canberra.

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An artistic map with routes to another country

Fremantle Arts Centre’s current exhibition We Don’t Need A Map is an artistic journey into a unique part of Australia, giving local desert people the chance to tell their stories.

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Art, fashion and copyright: from Papunya to US catwalks

A spat has flared over small US-based fashion house Rodarte unveiling its autumn collection that featured, in some small part, several images and motifs drawn from Australian Aboriginal art.

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The great Aboriginal art heist

An informant at the National Gallery of Australia tells me that there has been a great art heist from the Prime Ministerial Lodge in Canberra.

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Council bans Aboriginal street artists — racist or just dumb?

The Alice Springs Town Council is enforcing a local by-law banning Aboriginal street artists from selling their art in downtown Alice. Is it racist or just a stupid move?

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Where to buy fake ‘authentic’ Aboriginal art

How much of what is sold as Aboriginal art in Australia is authentic and genuine and how much is fake? asks Bob Gosford from Alice Springs.

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Some of the finest Australian Indigenous art in existence

Art historian Henry F. Skerritt reviews for Crikey Ancestral Power and the Aesthetic: the first ever exhibition of barks paintings from the Donald Thomson Collection.

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Brandis indulges in some last minute arts porking

The Federal Government went into caretaker mode around midday yesterday but not before some last minute micro-pork barreling, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Retrenched factory fodder and public servants better off than CDEP rejects

Three contrasting circumstances sum up why it’s much harder to survive in the workforce if you are Aboriginal these days. Sacked factory workers, Aboriginal workers and public servants fare quite differently in the brave new world of the federal intervention.

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Aboriginal art popular at home and abroad

Sales of Aboriginal art generated a mere $666,000 in 1988 but last year turnover hit a new record of $14.3 million and this will be exceeded again this year, writes Geoff Maslen.

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National Gallery of Australia snares the Possum

The National Gallery of Australia last night paid $2.4 million for Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri’s huge painting Warlugulong at a Sotheby’s auction in Melbourne, writes Geoff Maslen.

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The politics of culturally significant art work

Sotheby’s Aboriginal art specialist, Tim Klingender, has been protesting for years at the impact the Protection of Moveable Cultural Heritage Act has on the sale of important Aboriginal art, writes Geoff Maslen.

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Clifford Possum’s masterpiece can’t leave the country

The federal government will inform Sotheby’s today that its prize Aboriginal painting to go up for auction tonight will not be given an export permit under Australia’s Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act .

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