DOOM & GLOOM??

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.11.14

The Australian newspaper's galumphing headline writers had a field-day last Friday with their ultra-bold claim: 'Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi’s demise echoes the fate of Aboriginal art'. The obituary continued in the words of pallbearer Nicolas Rothwell: “The high-end market for traditional indigenous art has all but evaporated.....The heart of the famous movement is scarcely beating any more”. And our memorialist summed-up: “It lasted a brisk four decades”. So Aboriginal art is DEAD! Or is it? For the Friday article was actually just another paragraph in a campaign Rothwell has been running for a while – his antipathy towards Federal government interference becoming ever more shock-jock from his Darwin fastness: the failings of the Indigenous Art Code, the negative effects of a Resale Royalty naively intended to make Aboriginal artists its prime beneficiaries, the direct funding of remote art centres, and the purchase of an ever-higher proportion of Indigenous art by institutions rather than the good ol' market-place....all grist to his influential mill. But I wonder whether he managed to talk to anyone at the Gabrielle Pizzi Gallery – owner (and Gabrielle's daughter) Samantha or her two long-term staff. Does its closure really reflect the death of Aboriginal art??? In fact, the most prominent reason for Samantha's retirement from the fray according to the Gallery relates to her having a 5 year old son whose father lives in Italy. And this social rather than financial interpretation was confirmed by Kade McDonald at the Buku Larrnggay Art Centre in Yirrkala, Arnhemland, where they'd noticed no sign of diminishing returns at the Pizzi Gallery in selling its art recently – despite a generally perceived reluctance of the Aboriginal art market to head up after the GFC. But McDonald added a significant analysis of a changing marketplace where collectors, he felt, are now buying almost» Read More

 

THE KIMBERELY ONLINE

THE KIMBERELY ONLINE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.11.14

Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then & Now has gone live online at last after a mighty development saga. It's been developed in two phases over 6 years by the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) with $1.8m. support from...» Read More

 

Ups and Downs Amongst the Art Centres

Ups and Downs Amongst the Art Centres

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.11.14

The thriving art centre at Blackstone in WA hard by the SA/NT borders has been devastated by a fire that caused irreparable damage to its archival collection and all of its stock. They lost about 90% of the works and...» Read More

 

Christmas Cheer in Rozelle this Sunday

Christmas Cheer in Rozelle this Sunday

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 16.11.14

Head along to Rozelle this Sunday to experience some early Christmas Cheer when the Pormpuraaw Arts and Culture Centre artists and Art Centre Manager visit the Tali Gallery. All the way from the Cape York Peninsula, the Pormpuraaw Arts and...» Read More

 

Waringarri Begins Casting...in White Aluminium

Waringarri Begins Casting...in White Aluminium

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.11.14

Waringarri artists, commissioned by Wesfarmers for its official centenary gift, have cast a collection of carved boab nuts in white aluminium. And so impressive is the result that today this Collection officially called, Boab100, was gifted to the Art Gallery...» Read More

 

REACHING FOR THE STARS IN WA

REACHING FOR THE STARS IN WA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.10.14

A collaborative exhibition by artists from Australia and South Africa, exploring the skies as seen through the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, is currently on at Curtin University’s John Curtin Gallery, and will later tour internationally. Yamaji and...» Read More

 

Boneta-Marie Mabo Is The People’s Choice

Boneta-Marie Mabo Is The People’s Choice

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.10.14

Sydney artist Boneta-Marie Mabo has been voted the People’s Choice Award winner at the end of this year’s 31st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) Director Pierre Arpin...» Read More

 

MICHAEL BRAND GOES OUT ON A LIMB

MICHAEL BRAND GOES OUT ON A LIMB

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.10.14

There have been some pretty controversial decisions made since Michael Brand took over the Directorship of the Art Gallery of NSW more than a year ago. Many a senior curator fled in advance of his coming; decent, efficient people have...» Read More

 

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DOOM & GLOOM??

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.11.14

The Australian newspaper's galumphing headline writers had a field-day last Friday with their ultra-bold claim: 'Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi’s demise echoes the fate of Aboriginal art'. The obituary continued in the words of pallbearer Nicolas Rothwell: “The high-end market for traditional...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

THE KIMBERELY ONLINE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.11.14

Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then & Now has gone live online at last after a mighty development saga. It's been developed in two phases over 6 years by the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) with $1.8m. support from...» Read More

Events: Event

ABORIGINAL ARTISTS GO MENTAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.10.14

High profile artists, including four Archibald winners, have joined forces with the ABC and have donated artworks to be auctioned online to help raise funds to boost mental health research in Australia. The ABC Mental As... Art Auction is a...» 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

 

 


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