MILINGIMBI ALL OVER

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.08.16

The unfashionable name of Milingimbi – a place that doesn't even appear in the index for the 'Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture' published in 2000 – may soon be cropping up all over. This Yolngu island off the coast of Central Arnhemland was the place where American sociologist W Lloyd Warner based his research for the ground-breaking book, 'A Black Civilisation' in the early 1920s, and a Methodist mission followed in 1923. Adventurer and explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins reported sighting his first bark paintings there soon afterwards. As a result, the 1948/9 American/Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhemland certainly collected material at Milingimbi, and in the 50s and 60s, the Reverends Edgar Wells and Alan Fidock's energetic support for art and artefact making there found a receptive white market in the Mission's commercial outlets down south. Djon Mundine came as an art adviser in 1969 and found a lively art scene; but soon departed for the mainland Ramingining, from where he developed the Bicentennial Memorial Poles project for the National Gallery. With family members all-too-often leaving the island for Ramingining, Elcho Island or Maningrida, Milingimbi began to disappear from the picture, and the achievements of its artists such as Binyinyuwuy, Buranday, Dayngangan, Dawidi, Djäwa, Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy, Lipundja, Malangi and Makani – many of whom painted (in the 60s) in a dynamic style that others in Arnhemland would only discover in the 80s – have faded. Even the notorious One Dollar note design, stolen by the Reserve Bank from David Daymirringu's bark painting (carried through Sydney by French collector, Karel Kupka – has became obsolete and replaced by coinage. But their works are out there somewhere, many in museums and art galleries, such as the AGNSW, which, surprisingly, bought a large number of works in 1962 from the Rev Wells when» Read More

 

EIGHTSOME REELS IN THE MET

EIGHTSOME REELS IN THE MET

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 18.08.16

A gift of eight Aboriginal artworks to the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has been hailed by its Director as “introducing a dynamic new dimension to The Met's global representation of contemporary art”. Wow! Arguably, this development...» Read More

 

THE ANNIVERSARY NATSIAAs

THE ANNIVERSARY NATSIAAs

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 05.08.16

It's a big anniversary year for the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards - aka The Telstras. As Luke Scholes, the newish Curator of Aboriginal Art & Material Culture points out, 2016 celebrates 40 years of Aboriginal Land...» Read More

 

Michael Nelson Tjagamara in Sydney

Michael Nelson Tjagamara in Sydney

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.07.16

Sydney received a 'royal' visit yesterday as significant as the coincidental coming of the US Vice-President, as Michael Nelson Tjagamara left his Desert home to attend the launch of a Telstra installation of his art in Martin Place. It will...» Read More

 

KEN SISTERS WIN THE WYNNE!

KEN SISTERS WIN THE WYNNE!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.07.16

It's that time of year again when the Art Gallery of NSW gets down and populist with its Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes announced today. The Archibald is the 'Big Telstra' equivalent, of course. But the greatest Indigenous significance this...» Read More

 

STREETS OF PAPUNYA

STREETS OF PAPUNYA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 12.07.16

It's impossible to see it on the ground. You need to be in the air over Papunya to discover that, rather than being laid out like some white 'burb in the middle of nowhere, this legendary dumping place for desert...» Read More

 

Ken Sisters to Win the Wynne?

Ken Sisters to Win the Wynne?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.07.16

It's that time of year again when the Art Gallery of NSW gets down and populist with its Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes to be announced next Friday. The Archibald is the 'Big Telstra' equivalent, of course. But the greatest...» Read More

 

WHAT A WASTE!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.07.16

I've written a couple of times about the pro bono project between the Australia Council and Deloitte Access Economics to attempt to establish a realistic size and shape for the Indigenous art business. I thought this a really useful advocacy...» Read More

 

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MILINGIMBI ALL OVER

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.08.16

The unfashionable name of Milingimbi – a place that doesn't even appear in the index for the 'Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture' published in 2000 – may soon be cropping up all over. This Yolngu island off the...» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

EIGHTSOME REELS IN THE MET

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 18.08.16

A gift of eight Aboriginal artworks to the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has been hailed by its Director as “introducing a dynamic new dimension to The Met's global representation of contemporary art”. Wow! Arguably, this development...» Read More

Events: Event

LOTS HAPPENING

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.09.15

So much news to share with you, I'm having to collate it all into a single story: 1. The Istanbul Biennial is about to hit the headlines as Sydney's last Biennale did – with action by the artists involved in...» Read More

Events: Event

Details of Exciting New Tarnanthi Festival

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.08.15

More than 300 artists from across Australia will showcase work in TARNANTHI (pronounced TAR-nan-dee), the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, right across Adelaide from 8 -18 October - with exhibitions continuing at the SA Art...» Read More

 

 


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