1967 CELEBRATION

1967 CELEBRATION

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.01.17

As mentioned in my commentary on Vernon Ah Kee's 'Not an Animal or a Plant' exhibition, this year's Sydney Festival is taking early advantage of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum which officially acknowledged Ah Kee's humanity – and...» Read More

 

THE SEASON

THE SEASON

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.01.17

Readers of AAD should be familiar with the evocative photos of Ricky Maynard, the Tasmanian Aboriginal who introduced us to the world of Birding – the annual tradition of heading for the Bass Strait islands (where many Tassie Aboriginal people...» Read More

 

ART & POLITICS

ART & POLITICS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 12.01.17

Two major art exhibitions have opened in Sydney – one by a Western art-trained Aboriginal artist and one by an untrained Sri Lankan-born criminal – and both turn for their success or failure on politics. For, of course, Myuran Sukumaran...» Read More

 

National Gallery's Quinquennial Announced

National Gallery's Quinquennial Announced

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.01.17

On 5th December, the National Gallery of Australia quietly announced its program for 2017 – so quietly that I (and, I suspect, most other journalists) totally failed to notice the revival of their series of Indigenous Triennials. As these exhibitions...» Read More

 

Nuclear Dating for Rock Art

Nuclear Dating for Rock Art

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.12.16

A new technique, developed at ANSTO’s Centre for Accelerator Science, has made it possible to produce some of the first reliable radiocarbon dates for Australian rock art in a study just published online in The Journal of Archaeological Science Reports....» Read More

 

Melbourne Does Indigenous

Melbourne Does Indigenous

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.12.16

Overnight, Melbourne is the centre of the Australian Indigenous universe with two substantial shows opening today - one of them a first-ever appearance of Aboriginal art at the defiantly non-Indigenous Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). One has to ask,...» Read More

 

Lost Namarari Found after 35 years

Lost Namarari Found after 35 years

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.12.16

A 44-year-old painting by Papunya Tula pioneer Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri that was presumed missing after many years of searching has been discovered in the most unexpected of places. With an estimated value of $100,000 – $150,000, records of the 1972...» Read More