SHIFTING THE BLINDFOLD

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.04.16

The Black Armband thrives, it seems. Not the Black Arm Band – which gets to play its 10th-anniversary concerts soon. Rather the school of historical study that hit the headlines in the 90s under the leadership of Henry Reynolds to give the band its name, but which was roundly condemned by then Prime Minister Howard as “history being re-written in a partisan political way; contemporary standards being imposed upon the past. The balance sheet of our history”, he trumpeted, “is one of historic achievement”! That was the rival White Blindfold reading of Australian history, a fight-back lead by Keith Windschuttle. Now we've moved out of academia, out of the bush where the Black survivors of white massacres always knew their history, into the urban art institutions. And this inevitably involves urban Indigenous curators and artists somewhat belatedly catching up with earlier remote artists and shows such as 'Blood on the Spinifex' in 2003 at the Ian Potter Museum in Melbourne and 'True Stories' the same year at the AGNSW. Both emerged from that brief art flowering in the East Kimberley at Jirrawun Aboriginal Art, upon which I shall expand later. Today, the AGNSW has 'When Silence Falls', curator Cara Pinchbeck's amassing of both local and international art from the Gallery's collection that tells of the brutalities of colonialism wherever it happened – South America, South Africa, South Asia or South Arnhemland. Then the dynamic Campbelltown Arts Centre has localised its point of attack to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the nearby Appin Massacre, one of the earliest such horrors in 1816, revealing that this was no wild action on the distant frontier by aggrieved 'pioneers', taming the land and the natives, but an official military action ordered by the government of Lachlan Macquarie. More familiar, the Myall Creek Massacre in» Read More

 

Mrs Gabori's Land of All

Mrs Gabori's Land of All

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 28.04.16

To celebrate the significant contribution to art of the late Kaiadilt woman, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (Mrs Gabori), the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) will stage a major retrospective of her work to open 21 May...» Read More

 

Dealers v The Institutions

Dealers v The Institutions

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.04.16

I recently noted that you have to go to the US these days to see considered Indigenous art shows – all in institutions, admittedly, which seem to be taking the presentation of the art more seriously than any State gallery...» Read More

 

Skin and Bones in the Gardens

Skin and Bones in the Gardens

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.04.16

For the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project, Sydney-based artist Jonathan Jones will present 'barrangal dyara' (skin and bones' ), marking the first Kaldor Public Art Project presented with an Australian Aboriginal artist and one of the largest and most significant...» Read More

 

Tiwi Design at Chan's Art Atrium

Tiwi Design at Chan's Art Atrium

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 21.04.16

Art Atrium, a gallery located in Bondi Junction, is known for its guests, its narrow staircase and intimate spaces. But mostly it is known on account of its owner, Simon Chan, who happens to wear a remarkable number of hats....» Read More

 

Ngurratjuta's Physical and Cultural Loss

Ngurratjuta's Physical and Cultural Loss

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 13.04.16

Between 2013 and 2015 five senior artists from Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands) Art Centre in Alice Springs died. Fellow Hermannsburg artist, Gloria Pannka, says, "It's a loss which is felt both physically and culturally; our generation is fragile and...» Read More

 

Raft Artspace Enters Hobart with Raft South

Raft Artspace Enters Hobart with Raft South

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 10.04.16

RAFT Artspace's Dallas Gold loved Tasmania but it took a few people, including the highly-regarded Kade McDonald (ex Yirrkala), to bring RAFT South into being. We were keen to catch up with Dallas about his entree into Hobart and what...» Read More

 

Joe Hockey Marks the Infinite

Joe Hockey Marks the Infinite

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 07.04.16

As interest in Aboriginal art continues to grow in the US, a new major exhibition of women Aboriginal artists is set to tour five distinguished museums beginning September 2016 - and it was new Australian Embassy Ambassador, Joe Hockey, who...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Exhibition

SHIFTING THE BLINDFOLD

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.04.16

The Black Armband thrives, it seems. Not the Black Arm Band – which gets to play its 10th-anniversary concerts soon. Rather the school of historical study that hit the headlines in the 90s under the leadership of Henry Reynolds to...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

Mrs Gabori's Land of All

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 28.04.16

To celebrate the significant contribution to art of the late Kaiadilt woman, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (Mrs Gabori), the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) will stage a major retrospective of her work to open 21 May...» 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

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Dealers v The Institutions

23.04.16 Dealers v The Institutions
15 Roylston Street, Paddington, NSW 2021
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Skin and Bones in the Gardens

21.04.16 Skin and Bones in the Gardens
Royal Botanical Gardens, Macquarie Street, Sydney
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