Ian McLean’s 'How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art' wins AAANZ book prize!
By Amelia Kelly
2 August, 2012
The Power Institute is incredibly proud to announce Ian McLean’s 'How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art' winner of the AAANZ Best Anthology Prize for 2012.
Published by Power Publications and the Institute of Modern Art, How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art has already been incredibly well received by Australian and international audiences alike. This important award further confirms the relevance of the publication, celebrating Aboriginal arts cultural significance in the broader field of contemporary art and culture. The prize was judged by Rose Hawker and Rex Butler who extended their praise for the book at the award presentation. To quote the AAANZ website:
This is a book that captures a revolution: a revolution both in art by indigenous artists and a revolution in thinking by both black and white critics and commentators. The book continues McLean’s argument from his earlier ‘White Aborigines’ which might be put in a nutshell: Australian art is an aboriginal thing. This remarkable and innovative book will become essential to all future discussions of not only Australian and aboriginal art but perhaps even world art.
Congratulations to Ian and sincere thanks to the judges and AAANZ team! To get your copy of How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art please click here.
Further information on all the AAANZ prize winning books can be found at the AAANZ website here.