Michael Nelson Tjagamara in Sydney

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.07.16

Sydney received a 'royal' visit yesterday as significant as the coincidental coming of the US Vice-President, as Michael Nelson Tjagamara left his Desert home to attend the launch of a Telstra installation of his art in Martin Place. It will be there for just 4 days. The almost-70 year old chowed down with an equally aged local, but was proud as punch when the car doors that had been brilliantly coated with six of his paintings over the years were officially launched – with dances – by a junior State minister. The Warlpiri artist wasn't amongst the first in Papunya to take to the canvas. He watched and waited until 1983 to start painting in his own name. But, almost immediately he was a star, winning the first National Aboriginal Art Award (now called the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards or NATSIAAs) in 1984 with the complex work, 'Three Ceremonies'. By the end of that decade, Michael Nelson had supplied a major work for the Sydney Opera House northern foyer, designed the mosaic forecourt for the new Parliament House in Canberra, appeared in both the Sydney Biennale and the seminal 'Dreamings' show in New York (supplying the cover art for the catalogue), and spent a month hand-painting a BMW racing car beside Andy Warhol! Unlike many Papunya Tula artists who moved West during the 80s to traditional Pintupi land, Michael Nelson stayed in Papunya and has now become a founding artist leader at the new Papunya Tjupi art centre. But he's hardly painting any longer – hence the use of plastic decals of his work on the very urban car doors – not a broken window or bullet-hole in sight! But his 1997 work, 'Nine Dreamings at Mt Singelton' retains its pastel delicacy and a complexity» Read More

 

KEN SISTERS WIN THE WYNNE!

KEN SISTERS WIN THE WYNNE!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.07.16

It's that time of year again when the Art Gallery of NSW gets down and populist with its Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes announced today. The Archibald is the 'Big Telstra' equivalent, of course. But the greatest Indigenous significance this...» Read More

 

STREETS OF PAPUNYA

STREETS OF PAPUNYA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 12.07.16

It's impossible to see it on the ground. You need to be in the air over Papunya to discover that, rather than being laid out like some white 'burb in the middle of nowhere, this legendary dumping place for desert...» Read More

 

Ken Sisters to Win the Wynne?

Ken Sisters to Win the Wynne?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.07.16

It's that time of year again when the Art Gallery of NSW gets down and populist with its Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes to be announced next Friday. The Archibald is the 'Big Telstra' equivalent, of course. But the greatest...» Read More

 

WHAT A WASTE!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.07.16

I've written a couple of times about the pro bono project between the Australia Council and Deloitte Access Economics to attempt to establish a realistic size and shape for the Indigenous art business. I thought this a really useful advocacy...» Read More

 

PILBARA 'JEWEL IN THE CROWN'

PILBARA 'JEWEL IN THE CROWN'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.06.16

At the beginning of May, Western Australia's 29 Aboriginal art centres received the huge boost of the opening of the $8 million East Pilbara Art Centre, home to one of the state’s most successful art groupings, Martumili Artists. We've received...» Read More

 

ART INSTALLATIONS ALL OVER

ART INSTALLATIONS ALL OVER

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.06.16

Telstra is celebrating its 25-year association with National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (the NATSIAAs) by bringing the event out of Darwin with a series of installations of Aboriginal art in southern cities. It's the first time that...» Read More

 

DANCING NYAPANYAPA

DANCING NYAPANYAPA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.06.16

It was an emotional night as the Bangarra Dance Theatre - wasn't it once called Bangarra Aboriginal Dance Theatre? – opened a triple bill of dances in Sydney which will tour the country until September and then head for the...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Exhibition

STREETS OF PAPUNYA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 12.07.16

It's impossible to see it on the ground. You need to be in the air over Papunya to discover that, rather than being laid out like some white 'burb in the middle of nowhere, this legendary dumping place for desert...» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

WHAT A WASTE!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.07.16

I've written a couple of times about the pro bono project between the Australia Council and Deloitte Access Economics to attempt to establish a realistic size and shape for the Indigenous art business. I thought this a really useful advocacy...» 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

 

 


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