The Dealer is the Devil: An Insiders History of the Aboriginal Art Trade

Brandl & Schlesinger, 1.02.2014 . - 480

Adrian Newsteads explosive memoir lifts the lid on what RobertHughes once described as the last great art movement of the 20thcentury. After thirty years sitting round campfires with Aboriginalartists all over Australia, Newstead has produced the definitiveexpose of the first great art movement of the 21st century. Fromremote indigenous communities with their dispossessed populations of tribal elders and troubled youth, to the gleaming whitebox galleries, high powered auction houses, and formidable artinstitutions of major cities all over the world,

Newstead combinespersonal anecdotes with an insiders grasp of the inter national artmarket. With vivid portraits of artists, dealers and scamsters, the book racesfrom pre-contact and colonial days to the heady celebrations of theSydney Olympics and the devastating impact of the global financialcrisis. Newsteads humour, love and respect for his subjectsproduces a story that reads at times like a thriller and also a lamentfor a lost world.

WBN reviewers gave five stars toThe Dealer is the Devil, Adrian Newsteads personal and encyclopaedic examination of the Indigenous art industry


The Dealer Is the Devil

  - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing

"The Dealer is the Devil could have been called Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Aboriginal Art. Adrian Newstead started selling Indigenous art in Sydney in 1981 and I think he can justifiably ...