Crikey Arts Correspondent Stephen Feneley writes:


The
contemporary art world loathes him, but John McDonald is worth reading
if you want to get beyond the uncritical hype that surrounds so many
art events.

The Sydney Morning Herald
‘s art critic is at his au contraire best today as he takes a sober look at the Musee Quai Branly, the new museum in Paris devoted to indigenous art from around the world.

There
has been much uncritical reportage about the supposedly prominent place
given to indigenous art from Australia in the museum designed by famed
French architect Jean Nouvel.

McDonald points out that much of
the Australian component is confined to administrative areas and can
only be glimpsed by the public. He also reports that there has been
much behind-the-scenes tension surrounding the installation of the
work. Definitely worth a read.

Peter Fray

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