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#31 TOP 10 URBAN AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS ARTISTS


 Brook Andrew,  Sexy and Dangerous,  1996, highest price achieved at auction was $84,000 IBP with Bonhams & Goodman, August 2007.

Brook Andrew, Sexy and Dangerous, 1996, highest price achieved at auction was $84,000 IBP with Bonhams & Goodman, August 2007.

Continuing with my popular ‘Top 10’ series, I’m going to review a segment of artists that aren’t all yet prominent on the secondary market but who are making huge waves on the primary market and should be watched closely in the future.

Urban Indigenous artists can be loosely defined as those based in the urban centres, descended from communities who bore the brunt of colonisation and dislocation, generally featuring less traditional mediums and styles and more political overtones.

The best works of these artists are always challenging and with a strong narrative, but often not easily accessible on the secondary market – taking the form of installation or site specific pieces.  Those that do make it into private collections are, to date, tightly held.

With so many important urban Indigenous artists currently producing this was a really hard list to define – but from the collectors that I deal with, these are the names that are making the most waves in the market at present.

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