Background: "On March 5, 1994, while in New
York to give a talk at New York University, I had the opportunity
to video tape an interview with Professor Fred Myers, a cultural
anthropologist who had worked with Australian Aboriginal people since
1973. Without much time to prepare, I turned on the camera and started
to ask questions which were informally and eloquently answered. The
result is a very rich account of Aboriginal paintings (especially
by the Pintupi people of the Northern Territory) done while standing
in front of paintings and other art objects that Myers had been collecting
over the years. Since then, Myers has written and published a wonderful
Culture (Duke University Press), that tells the story of the social
life of Aboriginal paintings in the contemporary art world."
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