DID A BITCH WIND BLOW ABORIGINAL ART ONTO THE WORLD STAGE?

Posted by Frannie Hopkirk | 14.09.14

Was Cyclone Tracy a freak accident of cosmology, an epic drama involving a vengeful wind, or just a pissed off tropical storm? The insinuated anthropological terminology given to destructive natural disasters such as Tracy has 'Her' with the best of them. Calamities on this scale are often given female names. The terminology is sexist – and it is true, Tracy (like Katrina and others) did act like a black-hearted woman, spewing spite, wiping out a city, uprooting thousands of lives, property and killing people. Far from a spectacular meteorological event – Tracy qualifies as, The Perfect Storm. And it happened here. It is the human aspect of these events that embues them with mystery and unbearable sadness. Not only is it the toll of people and cultures, but it is the strange ‘abstract’ nature of the wind and its behaviour - its odd sense of entitlement. The Tracy story is eternal, it will never end. Like paintings on a cave wall, Tracy is one storm engraved on the Australian psyche. It is 40-years this year since Tracy turned its biblical fury on the small, cosy city of Darwin - a fragile, tropical, cosmopolitan, Somerset Maugham-prototype. Once described as an, ‘unsophisticated fibro city’, it is close enough to Asia for the proverbial cuisine of the Australian barbeque and Indonesian satay to sit happily on the same menu. Darwin was, and is, Australia’s farthest outpost and as the capital of Northern Territory, it’s our smallest capital city. Christmas Day 1974 was Darwin’s 9/11. Tracy began her story and her journey above the frozen Steppes of Siberia. As the Devil’s Spawn she set forth without plan or identity. Packing a malcontented energy, she headed slowly south. Six-months later she found herself in a warm, benign place – the Tropics. Conceived in severe cold,» Read More

 

KALDOR GOES NATIVE

KALDOR GOES NATIVE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.09.14

The first Kaldor Public Art Project to involve an Australian artist creating art in Australia will also be John Kaldor's first Indigenous project. Sydney-based Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi identifying artist, Jonathan Jones is going to re-imagine the Garden Palace that burnt down in...» Read More

 

LOLA GREENO – LIVING TREASURE

LOLA GREENO – LIVING TREASURE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.09.14

The first Indigenous artist/craftsman has been recognised as a Living Treasure – Master of Australian Craft. Tasmania's Lola Greeno joins a distinguished list of Treasures which includes potters Les Blakebrough and Jeff Minchin, glass artist Klaus Moje, and jeweller Marian...» Read More

 

The Martu 'Did it Together'

The Martu 'Did it Together'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.09.14

Twelve large collaborative desert artworks will go on show at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art next week in a show entitled Martu Art from the Far Western Desert . The Far Western Desert is a region that is commonly described...» Read More

 

Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo

Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.09.14

After a period in which social unrest and an emphasis on film dominated the cultural scene, the revitalisation of Balgo painting continues apace. Two different projects are under way which will see a major contextual exhibition open in Melbourne next...» Read More

 

KLUGE GOES TO THE TORRES STRAIT

KLUGE GOES TO THE TORRES STRAIT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.09.14

The Kluge-Ruhe Museum – America's only permanent institution displaying Australian Aboriginal art and educating Americans about it through associations with the University of Virginia – re-opened earlier this year after refurbishment with a semi-permanent exhibition called Art and Country. It's...» Read More

 

TWO CHARITY AUCTIONS

TWO CHARITY AUCTIONS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.08.14

With what looks like an unfortunate coincidence of timing, two worthy Indigenous charities are holding art auctions within days of each other. Arts Law is first cab off the rank, celebrating its 30th anniversary of advice specifically tailored for artists...» Read More

 

Jenny Crompton wins Victoria's Richest Indigenous Art Award

Jenny Crompton wins Victoria's Richest Indigenous Art Award

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 23.08.14

Bellbrae artist Jenny Crompton has taken out the State’s richest Indigenous art prize, the $30,000 Deadly Art Award at the 2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. Crompton, who takes much of her artistic inspiration from Victoria’s surf coast, won for her...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions

Industry Corner: Industry

DID A BITCH WIND BLOW ABORIGINAL ART ONTO THE WORLD STAGE?

Posted by Frannie Hopkirk | 14.09.14

Was Cyclone Tracy a freak accident of cosmology, an epic drama involving a vengeful wind, or just a pissed off tropical storm? The insinuated anthropological terminology given to destructive natural disasters such as Tracy has 'Her' with the best of...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

The Martu 'Did it Together'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.09.14

Twelve large collaborative desert artworks will go on show at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art next week in a show entitled Martu Art from the Far Western Desert . The Far Western Desert is a region that is commonly described...» Read More

Events: Event

TWO CHARITY AUCTIONS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.08.14

With what looks like an unfortunate coincidence of timing, two worthy Indigenous charities are holding art auctions within days of each other. Arts Law is first cab off the rank, celebrating its 30th anniversary of advice specifically tailored for artists...» Read More

Events: Event

ABORIGINAL ART 'COMES HOME'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.07.14

A significant dinner held in Melbourne last week was a homecoming of sorts for that dominant feature of the Aboriginal art market over the past two decades – the auction. Aboriginal art auctions have been maligned, but some have done...» Read More

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

LOLA GREENO – LIVING TREASURE

11.09.14 LOLA GREENO – LIVING TREASURE
Object Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
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Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo

09.09.14 Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo
RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne
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