John Mawurndjul

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'TOURIST TAT' IN HOBART

'TOURIST TAT' IN HOBART

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-01-13 10:52:05

Back in September, I responded to some depressingly bad critical reviews of the Indigenous content in the big Australia show at the Royal Academy in London. My blunt heading then was 'Crap Criticism in London'. Coincidentally, the Hobart art...» Read More

 

CRAP CRITICISM IN LONDON

CRAP CRITICISM IN LONDON

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-10-01 22:09:22

The wilful ignorance of some London critics in slaughtering the Royal Academy's 'Australia' show of more than 200 artworks linked to our landscape is a deep embarrassment for the Mother Country. I've been a professional critic for many years, working...» Read More

 

COL LAVERTY 26/5/37 to 09/02/13

COL LAVERTY 26/5/37 to 09/02/13

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-02-13 15:11:18

A huge hole has opened up in the Indigenous art collecting world with the death of Dr Colin Laverty OAM at the age of 75. The gentle giant who, in 1978, was the first in the world to publish his...» Read More

 

The Soul of Emily Kngwarreye

The Soul of Emily Kngwarreye

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-01-04 17:20:04

It often seems to be the case that great Australian achievements need the validation of overseas approval. But the fact that 'Utopia : The Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye' was a vast tribute in 2008 to the Aboriginal artist conceived...» Read More

 

People On Country

People On Country

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-10-16 17:58:52

Do you remember the ending to that great Indigenous film, Samson & Delilah? The damaged couple set up home in the middle of nowhere – a remote outstation where they could live off the country and recover their moral and...» Read More

 

Crossing Cultures in the US

Crossing Cultures in the US

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-09-21 18:32:09

America is having a far better year than Australia in terms of its experience and appreciation of our Indigenous art. First there was the Kaplan/Levi Collection on show in the Seattle Art Museum; now, across the country in New Hampshire,...» Read More

 

Aboriginal Art Auction Signals a Shift Towards Minimalism and Tradition

Aboriginal Art Auction Signals a Shift Towards Minimalism and Tradition

Posted by Nicholas Forrest | 2012-05-10 16:33:12

The market for Aboriginal art has had a tough time of late as the cautious buying activities of collectors and investors allude to a market in a state of suspended animation that is struggling to establish a new identity in...» Read More

 

NAATSIA's 25TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK

NAATSIA's 25TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-06-27 10:31:57

Is a silver anniversary any more important than a 20th or a 17th? I ask because the Museum & Art Gallery of the NT (MAGNT), the Darwin home of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award has belatedly...» Read More

 

Dawning - Young artists from Maningrida

Dawning - Young artists from Maningrida

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-06-11 14:51:12

The incomparable former art director at Maningrida in western Arnhemland– Apolline Kohen – was both very fond of the Kurulk clan group of painters attached to the art centre and cognisant of the fact that no art centre could reply...» Read More

 

Dawning – Artists from Maningrida Arts & Culture

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-06-10 16:28:13

The incomparable former art director at Maningrida in western Arnhemland– Apolline Kohen – was both very fond of the Kurulk clan group of painters attached to the art centre and cognisant of the fact that no art centre could reply...» Read More

 

LOFTY - WAMUD NAMOK

LOFTY - WAMUD NAMOK

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-12-13 13:51:05

The life and work of the great Bardayal 'Lofty' Nadjamerrek is being celebrated this summer at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. One immediate challenge to the mind is to wonder how the man known as “the last of...» Read More

 

New Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art galleries

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-12 02:26:47

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have existed on the continent of Australia for tens of thousands of years. Their art and traditions are among the oldest and richest in human history. The designs, patterns and stories were taught to Indigenous...» Read More

 

The best reason to visit Canberra ... and there's more to come

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-03 00:13:10

Downstairs is impressive. But the 11 rooms of indigenous art upstairs in the new wing of the National Gallery are astounding. They have no equal in Australia. The loot is breathtaking. They are the best reason in a long time...» Read More

 

QUEEN HONOURS ABORIGINAL ARTISTS

QUEEN HONOURS ABORIGINAL ARTISTS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-06-18 13:34:53

The Queen's Birthday this year added two top Aboriginal artists to the roll of honour. John Mawurndjul from Maningrida in Western Arnhemland and Peggy Patrick from the East Kimberley both became Members of the Order of Australia – AMs. Mawurndjul's citation...» Read More

 

Innate Calling

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-04-24 09:42:35

The Dreamers celebrates the lives and outstanding work of eight distinguished Aboriginal artists who have contributed significantly to Australia’s cultural landscape through their creative endeavors. The exhibition is drawn exclusively from the Art Gallery of New South Wales’s collection, and...» Read More

 

Dutch Icons of Aboriginal art on Show

Dutch Icons of Aboriginal art on Show

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-04-20 21:01:29

Aboriginal art today! provides a fascinating overview of the evolution of contemporary Aboriginal art from its beginnings in1971 right up to its most recent developments. What is particularly significant is that all the works featured in this exhibition come from...» Read More

 

As of April 21: new exhibition Aboriginal art today!

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-04-01 08:24:15

Aboriginal art today! provides those who are keen to know more about this young and dynamic art movement a fascinating overview of the evolution of contemporary Aboriginal art from around 1970 right up to the most recent developments. The various...» Read More

 

BEAUTIFUL BEASTS IN DARWIN

BEAUTIFUL BEASTS IN DARWIN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-11-23 15:29:48

There aren't many art shows that could place side by side paintings, carvings, sculpture and weaving by a disparate of artists such as John Mawurndjul and John Olsen, the late Lofty Bardayal Nadjmirrik and James Gleeson, the Tjampi weavers and...» Read More

 

INDIGENOUS ARTISTS UP FOR THE CLEMENGER

INDIGENOUS ARTISTS UP FOR THE CLEMENGER

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-07-24 18:34:52

The 2009 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award has selected four indigenous artists amongst the 15 long-listed for this important triennial exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.This will be the sixth and final Award in the series following a generous gift...» Read More

 

EMSAH Research Seminar: Aboriginal Art & Systems Theory

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-05-21 18:23:10

This paper examines parallels between Aboriginal knowledge paradigms and key principles of Systems Theory. Twentieth century scholarship in Cultural Anthropology was instrumental in formulation of ‘whole systems thinking’ that underscores multidisciplinary imperatives of contemporary scholarship. Through analysis of artworks as...» Read More

 

MAWURNDJUL – ART AND POLITICS

MAWURNDJUL – ART AND POLITICS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-04-28 13:17:51

A brief survey of the great Arnhemland artist, John Mawurndjul's work has been mounted in Canberra. It sits at the Drill Hall Gallery in the ANU until 24th May. The occasion was also used to launch a book of the...» Read More

 

UQ Art Museum Exhibition Floor Talk: Next Generation Lockhart River ‘Old Girls’

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-03-10 05:04:34

‘Aboriginal Art and Another History’ Dr Sally Butler is Senior Lecturer in Art History at The University of Queensland. Her recent publications include a book covering the history of the Lockhart River Indigenous art movement in Queensland`s Cape York region,...» Read More

 

Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-02-24 09:55:06

‘Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial’ is the inaugural exhibition in a series by the National Gallery of Australia celebrating contemporary Indigenous Australian art. Taking the recent ‘Culture Wars’ or ‘History Wars’ waged over interpretations of the Indigenous history/culture of Australia...» Read More

 

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS ART TRIENNIAL OPENS AT GOMA

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-02-14 09:52:15

Works by leading Queensland artists Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Dennis Nona and Judy Watson feature in a national Indigenous exhibition opening at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane this week. Arts Minister Rod Welford said Culture Warriors: National Indigenous...» Read More

 

The evolving face of Aboriginal art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-01-28 16:55:01

One painting resembles a Roy Lichtenstein, another has the emblematic target of Jasper Johns, and a photographic portrait channels Andy Warhol. If that doesn’t sound like Aboriginal art, then an exhibit touted as Australia’s first major survey of indigenous art...» Read More

 

Collecting Australian Aboriginal Art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-01-26 11:29:55

Described by renowned Australian art critic, Robert Hughes, as belonging to ‘the world’s last great art movement’, collectors of art from this extraordinary ancient but vibrant living culture have, in recent years, fuelled a boom in sales. Prices at auction...» Read More

 

What is current? Who is current? These are pertinent questions in the ever-changing realm of visual art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-11-19 06:51:01

With 80 artists spread across 300 glossy colour pages, Current is up-to-the minute, controversial, sexy, political, dangerous or reassuringly familiar, depending on what page you turn to. Current is the new book from the Art & Australia team, and took...» Read More

 

Spiral Wind

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-11-05 03:46:22

From Annandale Galleries: Spiral Wind is the title we have given to the group show of artists from Maningrida to accompany the solo exhibition of Samuel Namunjdja. The title does not refer so much to the content of the works that...» Read More

 

Sotheby's Aboriginal and Oceanic art sale

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-20 11:55:59

Exhibition Previews Location: Kiddell Gallery, London Mon, 22 Sep 08, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Tue, 23 Sep 08, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Wed, 24 Sep 08, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Thu, 25 Sep 08, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Location: Melbourne Fri,...» Read More

 

Beyond Sacred book explores Aboriginal art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-09-27 02:46:36

Suzanna Clarke reviews Beyond Sacred: This publication on their collection is a coffee-table book, replete with lush photographic plates and photos of locales where the art was sourced. Divided into geographical areas on the art of the Central, Western and Northern deserts;...» Read More

 

Aboriginal Art - SELLING EXHIBITION 30 SEPT – 11 OCT

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-09-25 21:56:12

ON VIEW 162 Queen St. Woollahra Mon–Sat 11am–5pm There are 43...» Read More

 

5 Minutes with Professor Jonathan Carapetis, Director of Menzies School of Health

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-09-23 07:17:20

1. What is Ochre? 'Ochre - supporting Indigenous health through art' is an auction of Indigenous art which is raising funds for research into Indigenous child health at the Menzies School of Health Research. 2. Who are the Menzies School of Health...» Read More

 

Auction 14 October 08: Menzies School of Health Research presents the Fundraiser & Auction 'Ochre - supporting Indigenous health through art', Melbourne Australia

Auction 14 October 08: Menzies School of Health Research presents the Fundraiser & Auction 'Ochre - supporting Indigenous health through art', Melbourne Australia

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-09-23 07:15:19

'Ochre - supporting Indigenous health through art' is a major fundraising art auction which will raise funds for research into Indigenous child health at the Menzies School of Health Research. The ochre collection includes 14 extremely high quality pieces by...» Read More

 

The Laverty Collection

The Laverty Collection

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-08-08 15:51:23

The Laverty Collection goes on display in the new book Beyond Sacred as well as in exhibition form at the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery. The photo below is a spectacular shot of the Laverty's with their collection. ...» Read More

 

Beyond Sacred – The Laverty Collection of Indigenous Art in Print and on Exhibition

Beyond Sacred – The Laverty Collection of Indigenous Art in Print and on Exhibition

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-08-08 15:48:57

Jeremy Eccles looks at Beyond Sacred. Quoted from the article: It's a crucial time for Aboriginal art. We should be sitting up and admiring the maturing of the most dynamic art movement in the country from a condition of amateur...» Read More

 

Of Barks and Biennales

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-08-08 01:09:05

Will Owen talks about They are meditating and Papunya Painting: Out of the desert. Quoted from the post: Like the Papunya show, this one made me realize how poor an experience even the best catalogs can offer--and these were...» Read More

 

Cravin' images

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-07-26 04:35:30

Article in the Sydney Morning Herald about two private collections of Aboriginal Art. Within a week, I visited two impressive exhibitions of private collections of Aboriginal art held in two different parts of the country. The first was My Country 2,...» Read More

 

Big guns feature in art tour

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-06-25 07:40:42

Culture Warriors, the National Indigenous Art Triennial, is on tour from the National Gallery of Australia with 90 works by 30 artists. The free exhibition will be at the Art Gallery of South Australia until August 31. Curator Brenda L. Croft says...» Read More

 

Beyond Sacred

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-06-11 00:00:04

Beyond Sacred Recent Paintings from Australia's Remote Aboriginal Communities by Judith Ryan, Nick Waterlow and Howard Morphy Read more about Beyond Sacred: Recent Paintings from Australia's Remote Aboriginal...» Read More

 

Les Ecorces de Maningrida

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-05-15 08:01:29

Voici deux ans, nous vous avions présenté en Juin 2006 les œuvres de cette communauté à l’occasion de l’inauguration du Musée du quai Branly en présence de son chef de file, le célèbre peintre John Mawurndjul. Dans la zone tropicale au...» Read More

 

Les Ecorces de Maningrida : Œuvres récentes

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-04-30 02:41:52

Terre d’Arnhem – Northern Territory – Australie Du 16 mai au 14 juin 2008 Vernissage le 15 mai à partir de 17 heures Voici deux ans, nous vous avions présenté en Juin 2006 les œuvres de cette communauté à l’occasion de l’inauguration du...» Read More

 

Australia's best living artists

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-04-05 22:44:07

A discussion about Australia's best living artists in the Australian. The author comments on Australian Aboriginal art: I have included in my list only one Aboriginal artist and no dot painters, despite the fact Aboriginal art is such a key part...» Read More

 

Maningrida Arts and Culture

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-02-24 05:45:00

Will Owen posts about visiting the Maningrida Arts and Culture. Quoted from the blog entry: Maningrida Arts and Culture is a powerhouse warehouse of Indigenous art. Of all the art centres we visited across the Territory and adjacent WA, Maningrida had the...» Read More

 

AboriginalArtDirect #1

AboriginalArtDirect #1

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-02-19 09:34:59

Welcome to the first issue of AboriginalArtDirect, the Aboriginal Art Directory Newsletter. Its been an exciting and challenging first four months for the Aboriginal Art Directory and we are thrilled to be able to bring you the first edition of...» Read More

 

Aboriginal Art goes Overseas: 3 Contintents, 3 Exhibitions

Aboriginal Art goes Overseas: 3 Contintents, 3 Exhibitions

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2008-02-19 09:19:24

The intercontinental trio are the first big commercial showing of Aboriginal Art on barks in London, courtesy of Josh Lilley Fine Art September-October 2007; the imminent opening of Utopia - The Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye in Osaka, Japan...» Read More

 

Aboriginal Art in February

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-02-05 03:58:31

Aboriginal Art in February 5th February 2008 The term ‘aboriginal art’ is a tricky one. Separating indigenous Australian art from the religious practices and social customs with which it has been intertwined for at least 60 000 years is almost impossible—people, country,...» Read More

 

Drawn to a primitive urge

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-01-12 03:52:48

The Age Drawn to a primitive urge Gabriella Coslovich January 12, 2008 Quoted from the article: Onians is one of more than 300 international experts descending on Melbourne this week for what is considered the "olympics" of the art historians' world. Although another sporting event...» Read More

 

Culture Warriors

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-01-12 03:46:13

Sydney Morning Herald A vivid trip back to where it all began January 12, 2008 Quoted from article: CULTURE WARRIORS is a curious name for the inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia. Gallery director Ron Radford admits that a...» Read More

 

Culture Warriors : National Indigenous Art Triennial 07 13th October 2007- 10th February 2008 National Gallery of Australia

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-10-15 07:33:49

The inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial opened on the 13th of October at the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra) in the presence of many artists and a huge crowd of over 2000 people. ‘Culture Warriors’ curated by Brenda Croft presents...» Read More

 

RARRK - LONDON

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-09-24 13:16:35

Bargehouse Gallery South Bank London SE1 9PH September 21 – October 7 2007 11am – 6pm daily Private view Thursday September 20 2007 6pm - 9pm In September 2007 a major exhibition of over 100 works of art from Arnhem Land will take place...» Read More

 

One Sun One Moon

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-09-21 17:01:44

In the ever-shifting cultural landscape of Indigenous Australia, One Sun One Moon catalogues a key moment of transition over the decades at the turn of the century to reveal the view from within a kaleidoscopic contemporary art movement. To coincide...» Read More

 

Financial Times: Rock-Solid Abstracts

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-09-07 06:40:04

Jeremy Eccles, Financial Times (UK) 7 September 2007 “Are you ready for London?” Apolline Kohen asks artist Samuel Namunjdja. “What time we going?” is his eager response about a visit that is still a month away. Time has an elastic quality out...» Read More

 

Discover Australia's leading contemporary artists

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-08-17 14:37:16

A three-week exhibition of over 100 major works of Aboriginal art from Western Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern Territory will be on display from 21 September to 7 October at the Bargehouse Gallery, on London's South Bank. RARRK - LONDON...» Read More

 

Joel Fine Art Important Australian & International Art 26 March 2007

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-03-26 03:25:32

Joel Fine Art, Important Australian & International Art auction, 26 March 2007, sold over 80% of its lots for a total of...» Read More

 

John Mawurndjul - Mapping Djang

John Mawurndjul - Mapping Djang

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2006-10-18 06:42:52

John Mawurndjul is considered one of the most significant Australian artists of his generation. He has led a virtual revolution in bark painting, transforming the work of his country in central Arnhemland from what is referred to as X- Ray...» Read More

 

Architecture Australia Naturally In Paris

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2006-09-30 06:25:13

An article about the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris featuring the work by Australian Aboriginal...» Read More

 

Rarrk! Flowing on from Crossing Country

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2005-11-02 06:46:41

In Arnhem Land Aboriginal artists have been painting in bark for nearly one hundred years, beginning with the laying down of ceremonial and body paint designs for interested anthropological expeditions. Maningrida, in central Arhem Land is home to over 100 different...» Read More

 

Crossing Country

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2005-09-27 01:39:48

25 September – 12 December 2004 The exhibition Crossing Country charts the development of Kuninjku art over the past century to become one of the most dynamic art movements in Australia today. It is an art of compelling beauty and strength, an...» Read More

 

John Mawurndjul - New paintings

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2004-09-14 06:49:44

Annandale Galleries is proud to present an exhibition of the work of leading contemporary Australian artist, John Mawurndjul. Mawurndjul has received global recognition for his work and is without doubt one of the most pre-eminent Aboriginal artists working today. Far from...» Read More

 

The fortunes of Aboriginal art outside Australia: ethnographica or art?

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2002-06-24 14:14:05

When Australians with even the most glancing interest in art meet overseas visitors, Aboriginal art is invariably a pressing topic. Tourists routinely buy Aboriginal work from all sorts of vendors, ranging from airport shops to Aboriginal-owned cooperatives. But many Australians...» Read More

 

Find out more about John Mawurndjul at the Aboriginal Art Directory