untangling the awkward relationship between art and money

Resale Right… or wrong?

It’s the story that just won’t go away.

An article I penned for the Fairfax papers, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, appears in print today. In it, I reveal and analyse new figures provided with the cooperation of Australian auction behemoths, Deutscher and Hackett, and Sotheby’s Australia.

The scheme continues to cause controversy in the industry – one thing I was unable to cover in this article is the detail in the push from all sides of the argument for legislative reform. Geoff Henderson of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia, the peak body for dealers in Indigenous art and Indigenous artists, has compiled a constructive list of points that would see the scheme operate more effectively and fairly. And dealer D’lan Davidson has initiated an instructive voluntary scheme at his own Melbourne-based secondary Indigenous art business that is instructive as an alternative to the current program.

Anyway – have a look, and see what you think. Comment below if you have any thoughts. I’m very keen to build on this story. And, I promise, this won’t be the last you hear of it!


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