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 1872 after just three years of Imperial glory in Sydney's Botanic Garden. One hundred and sixty entries poured in for his plainly entitled 'YOUR VERY GOOD IDEA' project. Admittedly, Kaldor feared that just 20 artists had responded until five hours before the deadline – when 120 other entries arrived. One – was it the biggest? - was from Jonathan Jones, a man frequently capable of hitting the zeitgeist with his light-works referring to the patterning of scar-trees in his former tribal country. Both Westpac and AXA Insurance chose him for their office foyers, and he'd earlier taken out the first Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Artist Award in Brisbane for a dramatic work to grace the yawning walls of the new Gallery of Modern Art. Early on in his career, Jones took me out on a balcony overlooking the Harbour and evocatively conjured a vision of the fires in Eora Nation fishing canoes dotting the deep dark of the Sydney night 250 years ago to explain his enthusiasm for light-works. As the Kaldor Projects press release puts it, “Jonathon Jones has sought to represent both the traditional and contemporary by working with a particular site's historical usage and current vision”. So, what will he do with the Garden Palace, which almost filled the city-side area of the Botanic Garden with its imperial bombast during its brief three years life? Maybe not actually rebuild the Palace to scale – despite a munificent budget of $350,000 to achieve his dream. And that – in a work provocatively entitled 'barrangal dyara' (skin & bones)» 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

 

DARWIN 2014 - The Bigger Picture

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...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions

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

Industry Corner: Exhibition

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

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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