Natsiaas 2017

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.08.17

Given the anniversaries celebrated this year - the 1967 Referendum, Mabo etc - and the recent Uluru Statement process, it was perhaps inevitable that the 2017 NATSIAAs would feel profoundly political. And that's not just the Big Telstra winner - the collaborative work by Frank and Anwar Young, photographed by Unrupa Rhonda Dick - but in the cross-generational aspect of a work like that. The old artists are handing on the baton to a new generation, as Aboriginal artist and judge, Regina Wilson wanted to emphasise. So the big winner of both the top prize and the new Multimedia Award - entitled Kulata Tjuta - Wati kulunypa tjukurpa (Many spears - Young fella story) - was a striking photo of Anwar as a potentially troubled youth (think Don Dale), surrounded by Pitjanjatjara text and the work encased in a protective wall of wooden spears. Frank Young was the concerned Amata elder behind the project, but grandson Anwar was last year's NATSIAA youth winner with a forest of decorated spears, and niece Rhonda has had several solo photographic shows. The judges - Wilson, QAG Director, Chris Saines, and AGNSW curator, Emily McDaniel - felt that this was not only a pertinent work for the times but a response offering the possibility of a solution rather than a despairing cry. Appropriately, on a wall nearby, the man who first brought spears and text into artistic prominence, Mumu Mike Williams, had a triptych of recycled mailbags making bold land rights claims, though he stood before them to claim that the spear from which they hung represented the weapons handed in at the end of hostilities in order to make peace. The Makarrata proposed at Uluru would traditionally have employed the same symbolism. Three of the other Telstra Awards came from this same fruitful» Read More

 

ABORIGINAL ART ECONOMICS

ABORIGINAL ART ECONOMICS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.08.17

At a time when the whole future of the Indigenous relationship with non-Indigenous Australia is up for discussions like last night's eloquent ABC TV 'Q&A' program, the centrality of art-making to both the cultural and economic life of remote communities...» Read More

 

SCHOLL'S NEXT MOVE

SCHOLL'S NEXT MOVE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.08.17

Dennis Scholl may have fired up Aboriginal art on the US stage with his overnight Damascene discovery in 2008 of abstraction in Indigenous paintings, leading to a collection that had reached 320 works just a few years later, followed by...» Read More

 

APY ART DOMINATES THE WYNNE

APY ART DOMINATES THE WYNNE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.07.17

After last year's triumphant win by the five Ken Sisters from Amata in the Art Gallery of NSW's annual Wynne Prize for landscape painting, artists across the Lands have got hugely competitive this year! Nine major canvases by them have...» Read More

 

Anangu Artist Wins $100,000 Prize

Anangu Artist Wins $100,000 Prize

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.07.17

A drawing by Aboriginal artist Peter Mungkuri has taken out the inaugural Hadley's Art Prize, which claims to be the world's richest landscape art prize. Mungkuri will take home $100,000 for his ink on Somerset-paper drawing, Ngura Wiru, which means...» Read More

 

The End of AAMU

The End of AAMU

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.07.17

Sadly, the Aboriginal Art Museum of Utrecht (in the Netherlands) is no more. It was innovative, didactic in introducing the Dutch to our Indigenous cultures, it was challenging, it even had a collecting budget! I wonder whether it was ever...» Read More

 

YOU ARE HERE

YOU ARE HERE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.07.17

Presented by actress Miranda Tapsell, the TV series of films under the title of You Are Here explores the place of Indigenous people in Australia today. Included in the series are Warwick Thornton’s We Don’t Need a Map, Erica Glynn’s In...» Read More

 

ART ACROSS THE COUNTRY

ART ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.07.17

Major Indigenous art exhibitions and/or art fairs are opening this month in Queensland and Western Australia – two, in fact in Queensland, headed by the annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair this weekend. As I wrote earlier, CIAF is exploring the...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Industry

ABORIGINAL ART ECONOMICS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.08.17

At a time when the whole future of the Indigenous relationship with non-Indigenous Australia is up for discussions like last night's eloquent ABC TV 'Q&A' program, the centrality of art-making to both the cultural and economic life of remote communities...» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

SCHOLL'S NEXT MOVE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.08.17

Dennis Scholl may have fired up Aboriginal art on the US stage with his overnight Damascene discovery in 2008 of abstraction in Indigenous paintings, leading to a collection that had reached 320 works just a few years later, followed by...» Read More

Events: Event

Art for the Environment

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.06.17

The Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory (EDO NT) is again holding an online Aboriginal art auction to raise funds for its important work (advising and acting for individuals, traditional owners, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect...» Read More

Events: Event

A PARTING OF THE WAYS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.04.17

To own so much art that you can hold not one but three auction sales of it – the latest of more than 150 works - may seem a tad excessive. But any time spent with Liz Laverty – widow...» Read More

 

 


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