DARWIN 2014 - The Bigger Picture

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.08.14

In the wash-up to the 31st National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, it seems possible that the man who lead the charge to free MAGNT (the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory) from the unenthusiastic hand of the NT Government – which took effect on July 1st – may also be trying to initiate a major philosophical change in the way the NATSIAAs (and Aboriginal art more widely in Australia) is viewed. For Chairman Allan Myers (also Chair of the National Gallery in Canberra) is questioning the current criterion for all Awards entries as simply being created “by a person who identifies as Indigenous”. It would seem that the eminent QC is thinking particularly about the last two years' winners of the Big Telstra – Jennie Kemarre Martiniello in 2013 with a Canberra-made glasswork, and Tony Albert, this year's $50,000 prize-winner, for a panel featuring 20 photographs of Aboriginal boys all bearing a target on their bare chests. How could these works, the product of Western art training and technology, be rationally judged beside 'art' by untrained people that sought to transmit the maps, myths and mnemonics of a traditional Aboriginal group on a medium acceptable to a non-Indigenous market-place? “The nature of art”, Myers explained to me, “is the expression of personal experience”, and bridging the gap between the inner-city experience and the far reaches of Arnhemland may be too much for one competition. Instructively, Tony Albert also won the recent Basil Sellers Art Prize for a work tackling a sporting subject where he was recognised simply as an artist on a par with his contemporaries in the wider art world rather than being pigeon-holed as “an Aboriginal artist”. In a sense, Albert and many of his fellow Blak artists get the best of both» Read More

 

31st NATSIAAs: TONY ALBERT DOES IT AGAIN

31st NATSIAAs: TONY ALBERT DOES IT AGAIN

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 08.08.14

The three judges for this 31st NATSIAA Award all come from the south; Tina Baum from the National Gallery, Clotilde Bullen from the WA Gallery and David Broker from the Canberra Contemporary Art Studio. Perhaps it wasn’t surprising that they...» Read More

 

LIFE IMITATES ART IMITATES ART AT SELLERS PRIZE

LIFE IMITATES ART IMITATES ART AT SELLERS PRIZE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.07.14

Announced tomorrow is the lucky winner of the $100,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize for a work or works which confront issues and themes in sport. As an enthusiastic press release puts it: “From fandom to fanaticism, motivation to morality, and...» Read More

 

TARNANTHI – THE NEW NAME IN FESTIVALS

TARNANTHI – THE NEW NAME IN FESTIVALS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.07.14

South Australia’s Premier Jay Weatherill has announced that the State's new Aboriginal visual arts festival will be known as Tarnanthi – pronounced TAR-NAN-DEE - a local Kaurna word meaning 'to come forth', as in the sun and the first emergence...» Read More

 

ABORIGINAL ART 'COMES HOME'

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

 

ART IS THE VOICE OF OUR PEOPLE - TAKE 2

ART IS THE VOICE OF OUR PEOPLE - TAKE 2

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.07.14

Hetti Perkins second 'Art+Soul' TV series returns to the ABC tonight, and winds up with a third episode next Tuesday. And the question I asked after previewing her first program remains as relevant to the thinking behind this production as...» Read More

 

GULPILIL'S COUNTRY

GULPILIL'S COUNTRY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.07.14

I've often said that the major problem with the Intervention – and all the hyperventilation about the reported spate of child abuse and domestic violence in remote Aboriginal communities that justified the imposition of its quasi-military rule – was that...» Read More

 

FEAR & LOATHING AMONG THE SMSFs

FEAR & LOATHING AMONG THE SMSFs

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.07.14

Art values are suffering as a result of misinformation and disproportionate anxiety about changed rules for art investments in Self-Managed Super Funds, says accountant and Indigenous art community expert, Brian Tucker. And it's been particularly damaging for Aboriginal communities, where...» Read More

 

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TARNANTHI – THE NEW NAME IN FESTIVALS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.07.14

South Australia’s Premier Jay Weatherill has announced that the State's new Aboriginal visual arts festival will be known as Tarnanthi – pronounced TAR-NAN-DEE - a local Kaurna word meaning 'to come forth', as in the sun and the first emergence...» Read More

Industry Corner: 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

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

Events: Event

BARKS 'R US

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.12.13

With Aboriginal bark paintings there's the constant dilemma – how important is the aesthetic appeal of the work, and how important the story – and the status of the man telling it? The issue arises because there have been old...» Read More

 

 


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