Four Corners - Art for Art's Sake
Champagne, anyone? In the refined elegance of a Sydney auction house, dealers, collectors and art aficionados contentedly celebrate the sale of a Picasso portrait for $5.75 million, an Australian record.
Thousands of kilometres away a group of mostly elderly Aboriginal artists sit in the red dust of central Australia, churning out paintings for a middleman who oversees their output and pays them in cash or cars. Another group produces more pictures from poky rooms in a highway motel...
...Contrasting scenes in an industry governed more by wink and nod than by a clear set of rules. The art is a feast for the eye; the business behind it is opaque and secretive.
Four Corners explores these two ends of the art industry – the big money auction rooms and the production chain of Aboriginal art – and finds both open to abuse.
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