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GOLDSTEIN, Ilana Seltzer. Authorship, autenticity and appropriation: reflections based upon Australian aboriginal painting. Rev. bras. Ci. Soc. [online]. 2012, vol.27, n.79, pp.81-106. ISSN 1806-9053.

Indigenous people comprise only 2.5% of the population in Australia, but, in­terestingly, the proportion of artists is much higher among them than among the white. This article proposes a re­flection about the explanations for this phenomenon and discusses the recent inclusion of indigenous art in Australian museums, auction houses, and commer­cial galleries, what has raised a number of issuesregarding the determination of authorship and authenticity. Although these categories are central to the mar­ket and exhibition circuit, they are relatively arbitrary and negotiable. Fur­thermore, dialogues between white and indigenous artists started to happen, as well as the appropriation - not always authorized - of traditional iconography by companies and even the federal gov­ernment, which has been making use of this repertoire in the construction of the Australian national identity.

Keywords : Anthropology of Art; Aus­tralian aboriginal painting; Authenticity; Authorship.

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