THE BRITS EXPERIENCE INDIGENOUS CIVILISATION

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.04.15

Oh, the Poms love to get in a tizz about Australian art and culture! Remember the 'Australia' show of landscapes 18 months ago at the Royal Academy – we were mocked left, right and centre for trying to reflect the world around us, and, in particular, for encouraging the poor Aborigines to imitate white Australia's failings with art that was “so obviously the stale rejiggings of a half-remembered heritage wrecked by the European alcohol, religion and servitude that have rendered purposeless all relics of their ancient and mysterious past”. That was one Brian Sewell, 'art critic' of the Daily Mail. And then there was Waldemar Januszczak, 'prize-winning critic' of the once great Sunday Times: “Out of a tremendous Indigenous tradition, fired and inspired by an enormous natural landscape, the Australian art world has managed to create what amounts to a market in decorative rugs”. Well, they're at it again! Under attack now is the big, entirely Indigenous exhibition opening today at the British Museum with the very careful, un-Terra Nullius title, 'Enduring Civilisation'. But guess who's jumped on the good ship repudiation? One Zoe Pilger! Surely not the off-spring of the expat polemicist, John, whose 2014 film, 'Utopia' caused me to respond, “Pilger too fails to understand. His is an entirely superficial political view of Indigenous Australia without any cultural underpinning. And when he comes to the end of this looooong documentary, his thoroughly reasonable proposal for a treaty is justified on naïve Capitalist grounds that we should all “share this rich country, its land, resources and opportunities”? Ms Pilger has seen one too many of Daddy's films. In The Independent newspaper, she opines: “Indeed, this exhibition is half in denial. It both acknowledges the violation of the indigenous people and censures that violation. (I think she means censors) It» Read More

 

CRY FOR HELP

CRY FOR HELP

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.04.15

The distressing efforts of governments – Federal, State and Territory – to escape their responsibilities for remote Aboriginal communities – out-stations or homelands – was, of course, personified by the immortal words of our PM that living in such inconvenient...» Read More

 

ART MOVES IN DARWIN

ART MOVES IN DARWIN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.04.15

The Northern Territory Government is helping to create a brand new cultural institution for Darwin, unveiling plans today for a dedicated art gallery in the city's historic Chan Building. Chief Minister Adam Giles and Arts Minister Gary Higgins joined Museum...» Read More

 

RUMINATIONS ON PROVENANCE AND AUTHENTICITY

RUMINATIONS ON PROVENANCE AND AUTHENTICITY

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 15.04.15

Recently I caught one of the BBC’s more interesting TV shows, Fake or Fortune. Hosted by Fiona Bruce of Antiques Roadshow fame, it traced the provenance of a possible missing Impressionist masterpiece. The experts flew around Europe hunting down the...» Read More

 

NEW HIGH-TECH CONSERVATION & ATTRIBUTION CENTRE IN MELBOURNE

NEW HIGH-TECH CONSERVATION & ATTRIBUTION CENTRE IN MELBOURNE

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 15.04.15

Jeremy Eccles interviews Prof Robyn Sloggett, Director of the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) at the University of Melbourne about art fakery, new technology - and her special relationship with Warrmun. The interview forms part of an article on...» Read More

 

SCHOLL SHOW

SCHOLL SHOW

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.04.15

In 2008, collectors Colin and Liz Laverty set out to emphasise just how comfortable they felt in moving on from admiring and buying some of Australia's most adventurous Abstract Expressionist art to doing the same for Aboriginal art. In their...» Read More

 

2015 – YEAR OF AWARDS

2015 – YEAR OF AWARDS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.03.15

If you wanted to survey the state of Indigenous art today in all its richness and variety, then a jetset snapshot national tour at the beginning of August would give you as complete a picture as you're ever likely to...» Read More

 

WA Awards Artists Chosen

WA Awards Artists Chosen

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.03.15

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, one of the richest Indigenous arts prizes in the country, were founded in 2008 to celebrate the scope, diversity and excellence of art from all corners of Indigenous Australia. The awards acknowledge the significant...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions

Industry Corner: Exhibition

THE BRITS EXPERIENCE INDIGENOUS CIVILISATION

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.04.15

Oh, the Poms love to get in a tizz about Australian art and culture! Remember the 'Australia' show of landscapes 18 months ago at the Royal Academy – we were mocked left, right and centre for trying to reflect the...» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

CRY FOR HELP

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.04.15

The distressing efforts of governments – Federal, State and Territory – to escape their responsibilities for remote Aboriginal communities – out-stations or homelands – was, of course, personified by the immortal words of our PM that living in such inconvenient...» Read More

Events: Event

LAVERTY SALE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.02.15

I first met the Lavertys – Colin and Liz – in 1995, at the peak of their collecting days. It happened in Warrmun, the painting heart of the East Kimberley. Was it also the peak of the industry as we...» 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

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

THE BRITS EXPERIENCE INDIGENOUS CIVILISATION

23.04.15 THE BRITS EXPERIENCE INDIGENOUS CIVILISATION
British Museum, Fitzrovia, London
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SCHOLL SHOW

01.04.15 SCHOLL SHOW
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
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