2016

January, 2016

underSTATEd 2016

underSTATEd 2016

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 05.01.16

Opening on Monday is underSTATEd, NSW Parliament's biennial exhibition. And this year 44 works on paper are being shown - a collection which includes art by Badger Bates, Danny Eastwood, Roy Kennedy, Nami Maymuru, Joy Duncan and May Hinch. The...» Read More

CULTURE v POLITICS IN SYDNEY

CULTURE v POLITICS IN SYDNEY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.01.16

After all the trumpeting about the two big International Art Series shows on this summer in Sydney – 'The Greats' from the Scottish National Galleries at AGNSW and Grayson Perry from Essex at the MCA – there was barely a...» Read More

Is There Anything Comparable in Australia???

Is There Anything Comparable in Australia???

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.01.16

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is awarding US$815,000 to the University of Virginia to create a research center for the study of the indigenous art of Australia and the Americas. The grant provides four years of funding for a proposal...» Read More

'CUT THE SKY' REVIEW

'CUT THE SKY' REVIEW

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.01.16

In its latest work for the Sydney Festival, the Broome-based dance theatre, Marrugeku continues with the theme of diminishing optimism for Aborigines in The Kimberley that started with their work, Gudirr Gudirr at the Festival in 2014. But, unlike that...» Read More

TIWI + JAZZ REVIEW

TIWI + JAZZ REVIEW

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.01.16

A wonderfully warm (well, hot actually) performance in the Spiegeltent as part of the Sydney Festival brought about the unlikely combo of a Sydney jazz band and a number of elderly ceremonial performers from the Tiwi Islands. You wouldn't know...» Read More

Indigenous artists encouraged to enter art award

Indigenous artists encouraged to enter art award

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.01.16

With the first-ever win by an Aboriginal artist – 65-year-old Ben Ward from Kunnunurra, WA – of the $10,000 John Fries Award last year, the organisers are keen to receive even more entries from Indigenous Australian and New Zealand artists...» Read More

February, 2016

Top Job in Aboriginal Art

Top Job in Aboriginal Art

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.02.16

Senior Resource & Development Officer (Program Manager) Leadership Role in the Aboriginal Art Sector Founded in 1987, The Association of Northern Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists (ANKAAA) is a leading not-for-profit Aboriginal Corporation and the first peak advocacy and support...» Read More

Aboriginal Artworks Go Missing

Aboriginal Artworks Go Missing

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 08.02.16

Several Aboriginal artworks have been taken from a private home in Fremantle WA during the last week, part of a larger haul including international works. We have also recently received a report about an artwork taken between July and October...» Read More

AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS

AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.02.16

Aboriginal Art Directory is delighted to congratulate the following people, long involved in the world of Aboriginal art, on their Honours - awarded on 26th January 2016. Sadly, no painters or sculptors from the rich North seem to have been...» Read More

Art Mob's Top 20 from 2015

Art Mob's Top 20 from 2015

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.02.16

We don't often examine the commercial side of Aboriginal art-making much on AAD. So the initiative of Euan Hills of Hobart's Art Mob in totalling up his sales for 2015, listing his Top 20 artists and then building a 2016...» Read More

ALL OVER THE U.S.

ALL OVER THE U.S.

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.02.16

Why is it so.....that there are more, and more considered exhibitions of Aboriginal art currently on in America than here in Australia? The recent pattern there of solid shows of collections like the Kaplan and Levi, Debra and Dennis Scholl's...» Read More

THE PASSING OF TWO GREAT LADIES

THE PASSING OF TWO GREAT LADIES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.02.16

In recent days, the Australian art world has lost both Jukuja Dolly Snell from Fitzroy Crossing and Jarran Jan Billycan from Bidydanga – two women from deep in the deserts who ended up on the edges of The Kimberley, recording...» Read More

March, 2016

ONE BILLION BEATS

ONE BILLION BEATS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.03.16

Romaine Moreton is a poet – her mastery of the English language (rather than her tribal Quandamooka and Bundjalung languages) is unquestioned. And she has a PhD to prove it. And it's her poetic way of thinking that gets her...» Read More

47,000 Years of Aboriginal Genomics

47,000 Years of Aboriginal Genomics

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.03.16

The first complete sequences of the Y chromosomes of Aboriginal Australian men have revealed a deep indigenous genetic history tracing all the way back to the initial settlement of the continent c50 thousand years ago, according to a study published...» Read More

2016 NATSIAAs

2016 NATSIAAs

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.03.16

It's that time again – time for Indigenous artists to enter the biggest prize of them all. Here's the official announcement: "Australia’s longest running and most prestigious Indigenous art award – the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art...» Read More

Imagined Cultures

Imagined Cultures

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 11.03.16

39 Oceana objects that Indigenous peoples lived with and used between 1830 and 1950 will go on show at the Bard Graduate Centre Gallery in New York later this month in an exhibition called Frontier Shores: Collection, Entanglement, and the...» Read More

Controversy in Newcastle

Controversy in Newcastle

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 13.03.16

Adam (aka Blak Douglas) Hill and Adam Geczy are teaming up again for an exhibition at The Lock Up Gallery in Newcastle called The Most Gaoled Race on Earth. And it comes with a warning: Parental Guidance Recommended. The exhibition,...» Read More

A BIENNALE OF RINGGITJ

A BIENNALE OF RINGGITJ

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.03.16

So – you employ a German woman who runs a major London art institution (the Hayward Gallery, conveniently closed for restoration) to come up with an international Biennale in Sydney. As with all of the far-too-many Biennales and Biennials across...» Read More

CHANGE OF MIND AT NATSIAAs

CHANGE OF MIND AT NATSIAAs

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.03.16

I reported earlier that we wouldn't know the names of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award judges until entries had closed on April 1st. But today the three names are released - Vernon Ah Kee, Kimberley Moulton...» Read More

INDIGENOUS ART GAMBLES IN MONACO

INDIGENOUS ART GAMBLES IN MONACO

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.03.16

Tomorrow sees the opening of a major exhibition in the rich Principality of Monaco which will link its Oceanographic Museum – once run by Jacques Cousteau – with Australia's Indigenous understanding of the sea and water resources. More than 150...» Read More

'THE MATRIARCH OF NOONGAR ART'

'THE MATRIARCH OF NOONGAR ART'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.03.16

The best side of regionalism is recognised in the current Bella Kelly show in Albany, on WA's far southern coast. For the Vancouver Gallery (no – not in Vancouver, but named after the same British sailor who passed that way...» Read More

April, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

SHIFTING THE BLINDFOLD

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

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

May, 2016

DAVID PAGE

DAVID PAGE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.05.16

Tragedy has struck a second time for the Page clan with the death last weekend of David Page, composer, actor and autobiographer. David was the musical heartbeat of Bangarra Dance Theatre, composing scores for 27 of the company’s 35 major...» Read More

BILL HARNEY

BILL HARNEY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.05.16

A new exhibition opens today in the NT bringing to life a culture passing out of memory and one man’s remarkable journey to share the remaining vestiges of his Wardaman people with the world. 'Yidumduma Bill Harney: Bush Professor' is...» Read More

Argy-Bargy in Public

Argy-Bargy in Public

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.05.16

“We need to have argy-bargy in public”, insists Rhoda Roberts, the Sydney Opera House Head of Indigenous Programming, who is celebrating the 49th anniversary of the Aboriginal Referendum in 1967 with a double-bunger – the first Indigenous art on the...» Read More