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THE CODE REFRESHED

THE CODE REFRESHED

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-12-09 15:18:51

The recent AGM of the Indigenous Art Code has been singularly unreported by mainstream press. Thank heavens for the specialists like AAD! For we can report a new CEO to replace John Oster and a new Chair to replace Ron...» Read More

 

DOOM & GLOOM??

DOOM & GLOOM??

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-11-26 09:47:24

The Australian newspaper's galumphing headline writers had a field-day last Friday with their ultra-bold claim: 'Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi’s demise echoes the fate of Aboriginal art'. The obituary continued in the words of pallbearer Nicolas Rothwell: “The high-end market for traditional...» Read More

 

Man on Fire: the Art of Tim Storrier and Other Desert Masters

Man on Fire: the Art of Tim Storrier and Other Desert Masters

Posted by Frannie Hopkirk | 2014-05-20 13:01:43

Polarities between Australia’s artists and painters, black or white, achieve compatibility and oneness of intent when they collectively embrace the one big thing about this country – THE DESERT. Storrier, Nolan, Drysdale etc. ‘white’ painters; Paddy Bedford, Tommy Watson,...» Read More

 

TRAGIC CONFRONTATION IN THE DESERT

TRAGIC CONFRONTATION IN THE DESERT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-04-08 12:47:32

Anyone reading the usually-reliable Nicolas Rothwell in The Australian newspaper a couple of weekends ago (The Review 22/23 March) in a major essay entitled 'Culture War', would have come away convinced that an exhibition designed to reveal the extent of...» Read More

 

'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

 

“The Bottom has been Reached”

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-12-19 19:59:42

That's the tentative conclusion of a group called Ninti One – more formally The Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation – based in Alice Springs. They're doing what they unhelpfully call a 'Value chain survey' of where money is...» Read More

 

RED NUMBERS 'AT THE HEART OF ART'

RED NUMBERS 'AT THE HEART OF ART'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-11-08 18:23:10

ORIC, the Office of the Regulator of Indigenous Corporations has recently attempted to quantify the community art centre sector of the industry; and its report – 'At the Heart of Art' does not paint a pretty picture. By comparing numbers...» Read More

 

THE COLOURS OF BENETTON GO ABORIGINAL

THE COLOURS OF BENETTON GO ABORIGINAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-08-27 14:06:11

The Venice Biennale may have passed from the headlines, but it's still running. And, just as the Film Festival is poised to pack Venice out once again, Luciano Benetton, the billionaire clothing making, is adding more than a thousand works...» Read More

 

WA  AWARDS SPRING A SURPRISE

WA AWARDS SPRING A SURPRISE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-08-23 17:15:16

Oh Boy, they must be crowing in Queensland! In Perth, a Queenslander took out the Big One – actually, the country's biggest Indigenous art award of $50,000; and behind him were 2 fellow Sunshine Staters. In Darwin two weeks ago,...» Read More

 

SHAKE-UP IN THE DESERT

SHAKE-UP IN THE DESERT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-05-03 18:18:14

An important article appeared in The Australian a week or so ago. Almost inevitably, it was penned by Nicolas Rothwell, the paper's Darwin-based master of prose and Indigenous insight. Somehow, he'd got wind of a closed meeting of Desart, the body...» Read More

 

TJUKURRTJANU GOES TO PARIS

TJUKURRTJANU GOES TO PARIS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-10-08 15:25:06

The big NGV exhibition Tjukurrtjanu – Origins of Western Desert Art ( 'Aux Sources de la Peinture Aborigene') opens in the Musee du quai Branly today. It's the first Australian art show at the museum – which opened...» Read More

 

TJUKURRTJANU – THE ORIGINS OF WESTERN DESERT ART

TJUKURRTJANU – THE ORIGINS OF WESTERN DESERT ART

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-11-18 11:06:53

There's a tremendous tension around at the moment between those who want to show Aboriginal art as 'great contemporary art' and those who want to try to understand its mysteries and complexities. And this is sadly all-too-apparent in the yawning...» Read More

 

THE GOOD AND THE BAD IN THE KIMBERLEY

THE GOOD AND THE BAD IN THE KIMBERLEY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-05-04 19:29:01

The East Kimberley was the first place in WA to join the Aboriginal art movement that spread from Papunya in the 1970s. As is well-known, Rover Thomas had a Dream following the awesome devastation of Cyclone Tracey; to share it...» Read More

 

Contemporary works alive with the rhythms of the past

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-08-24 21:49:03

From Nicolas Rothwell in the Austrlian on the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair: Displayed in the cavernous interiors of two World War II-era concrete storage bunkers, the works on view at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair offer an intriguing overview of Queensland's...» Read More

 

Australian Aboriginal Art and the contemporary gallery

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-03-20 14:00:25

Colin Laverty speaks on Beyond Sacred - Australian Aboriginal art and why it belongs in contemporary galleries + institutions and not ethnographic + anthropological museums. Colin and Elizabeth Laverty began collecting Aboriginal art twenty years ago, and their collection has been...» Read More

 

The shifting centre

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-01-02 23:28:49

A fascinating article by Nicolas Rothwell on the shifting of the Aboriginal art industry out of Alice Springs, looking primarily at Papunya Tula and Desart: But the contours of the central Australian art world map are changing fast in the wake...» Read More

 

THOMSON TIME COMES TO MELBOURNE

THOMSON TIME COMES TO MELBOURNE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-06-22 13:27:49

Thomson Time was discovered Down South when the film, Ten Canoes revealed that in parts of Arnhemland, the period when anthropologist Donald Thomson photographed and recorded his encounters with Yolgnu people in the 1930s and 40s have come to be...» Read More

 

Colour Country: Art from Roper River' Tours for a Year

Colour Country: Art from Roper River' Tours for a Year

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-06-10 13:45:29

It could hardly be further from the rich wetlands of the Roper River on the Gulf of Carpentaria coast at the southern fringe of Arnhemland. But the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in dry old New South Wales has just opened...» Read More

 

When beauty walked the world

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-06-09 00:47:32

Nicolas Rothwell writes about Ancestral Power and the Aesthetic: Ancestral Power and the Aesthetic breaks new ground by displaying 32 of the most majestic pieces in his collection, and making detailed use of Thomson's field notes to tease out the meaning...» Read More

 

Intellectual inbreeding, but insight aplenty

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-12-21 01:35:42

The final piece, ‘The Collector’, is by Nicolas Rothwell, perhaps our finest essayist. This subtle, sublime piece — 14 pages long — was first published in The Monthly. It documents how in late June 1956, the Paris-trained Czech artist Karel...» Read More

 

Desert masters claim place in history

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-21 20:16:07

Vivien Johnson's emotive book launch as reported by Nicolas Rothwell for The Australian: IT was almost four decades ago, in this harsh desert country, that the Aboriginal painting movement was born. Now, after many tribulations and triumphs, the definitive history...» Read More

 

Portraits from Papunya

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-21 20:15:17

Nicolas Rothwell reports for The Australian: ALMOST four decades ago, in the remote western desert community of Papunya, senior Aboriginal men began painting their traditional designs. Swiftly, insistently, the art map of Australia changed. Within a few years, those first,...» Read More

 

Master's desert way of seeing

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-14 20:05:10

Nicolas Rothwell for The Australian reports: JUST as the passing of desert artist Darby Jampijinpa Ross in 2005 possessed a certain elegance, the day after he received a congratulatory telegram from the Queen for his 100th birthday, so the first retrospective...» Read More

 

Jirrawun Editions

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-08-26 13:32:12

Jirrawun Editions recent etchings 2005-2008 Official opening by Nicolas Rothwell 1pm Saturday, 16 August showing until 29 August 2008 The Gallery, Building Orange 10 Jirrawun Editions represents the Darwin launch of a powerful series of etchings by major Kimberley artists Paddy Bedford (dec), Rammey Ramsey, Freddie...» Read More

 

Beyond Sacred : Recent Paintings from Australia's remote Aboriginal communities

Beyond Sacred : Recent Paintings from Australia's remote Aboriginal communities

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-07-03 08:53:50

Jeremy Eccles scans the most lavish book of Aboriginal art in years 'Beyond Sacred' : Recent Paintings from Australia's remote Aboriginal communities. Designed by Jane Kleinmeyer Published by Hardie Grant Books @ $120 Edited by Colin and Elizabeth Laverty Contributions from Judith Ryan, Nick...» Read More

 

blood language - Judy Watson at GrantPirrie

blood language - Judy Watson at GrantPirrie

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-06-26 05:46:10

Watson of course was the winner of both the 2006 Works on Papert Award at the NATSIAAs in Darwin and the Clemenger Contemporary Art Prize that year. Also installd in Musee du quai Branly that year - a big one! As...» Read More

 

More than dreaming: bringing to light a blaze of beauty

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-06-11 00:09:42

Nicolas Rothwell from Nicolas Rothwell examines the changing face of Australian Indigenous art scholarship and criticism. Quoted from the article: Much about Aboriginal art is complex, and lends itself to specialisation, formal probes and technical examination, and the result of such involved...» Read More

 

Forging a language of emotion

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-12-27 06:33:15

The Australian Forging a language of emotion Nicolas Rothwell December 27, 2007 Quoted from the article: A little more than a year ago, the style of Makinti Napanangka, queen of the Western Desert's Pintupi painters, began to change. The trademark yellow and white arcs of...» Read More

 

Lone wolf discovered art for ages

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-08-24 08:09:55

Nicolas Rothwell | August 24, 2007 Article by Nicolas Rothwell in the Australian about the life of Grahame Leslie Walsh, rock art scholar, who died in Brisbane, August 18 2007, aged 62. Quoted from the article: But the wider continent beckoned. During the...» Read More