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Tony Albert

Surface Tensions

By Michael Young

Portrait of Tony Albert. Photo by Nicholas Gouldhurst.

In two barbed words, Tony Albert condemns the spot tucked away in institutional galleries for work by indigenous artists. "Darkies' Corner," he says. "Go to the furthest point in the gallery, open a few doors, go down some stairs, open more doors and you are at the native art area." Albert may be stretching the truth, but it's a convenient shorthand for the manner in which Aboriginal artists have long been treated by museums. It also sets the tone

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