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 been selected by the Gallery's Trustees to hang in the competition, and they're so strong that they've displaced the normally headlining Archibald Prize (for portraiture) from its central position in the hang. Not only that, but for the second time (I believe), an abstract APY canvas by Tjungkara Ken based on the same Seven Sisters Dreaming imagery has been accepted as a self-portrait. Not surprising, really when, last year, Natalie O’Connor, Manager of Tjala Arts could explain that the Seven Sisters story is not just about stars in the sky but about family: “In the Seven Sisters story, the elder sisters protect and teach the younger sisters and keep them from falling for the tricks of Watti Niru. The women say this is how family works in Anangu culture – the elder women teach the young women”. It's pretty overwhelming entering this beautifully hung room – so much so that I was forced to ask Indigenous curator Cara Pinchbeck whether she had made the selection this year rather than the Gallery's Trustees? She reassured me that the Trustees had done their job without any help, and they were obviously equally overwhelmed by the riches of the APY Lands – which, incidentally, enjoy a rather less overwhelming show of art greeting visitors in the huge main entrance hall of the Gallery upstairs. “I think it's simply that after the Ken Sisters' win”, Pinchbeck explained, “all the other artists in the region wanted to compete – not only in the strength of their jukurrpas but also in the size of their canvases”.» 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

 

TARNANTHI IN OCTOBER

TARNANTHI IN OCTOBER

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.07.17

Artistic Director, Nici Cumpston has announced highlights of the program for the biennial 2017 TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art , which returns to Adelaide this October. There will be a major exhibition at the Art...» Read More

 

TJUNGUṈUTJA - from having come together

TJUNGUṈUTJA - from having come together

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.07.17

“The efflorescence of imagery that struck in the hothouse conditions of the Men’s Painting Room will never be repeated, for these works were created at the moment when the epic songlines that connect Aboriginal Australia were unveiled”. John Kean should...» Read More

 

BENNELONG

BENNELONG

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.07.17

“Bennelong is in all of us, as we navigate the ancient and modern elements of our lives”. These words of choreographer Stephen Page in the program for his latest dance biography of the man who probably called himself Wollarawarre, but...» Read More

 

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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

Industry Corner: Event

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

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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