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Old Masters: Australia's great bark artists

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The artists 

The artists featured here are, quite literally, Australia's old masters and their work constitutes a peerless artistic canon. Many of them were also ritual leaders, statesmen and cultural advocates. Together, they carried one of the oldest traditions of art known to man — Aboriginal art — into a new era, to establish its place in the world.

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Old Masters celebrates the genius and art of these master bark painters from Arnhem Land.