INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.06.18

A lengthy article appeared in a recent issue of The Australian's Review supplement announcing that old Aboriginal barks were setting out to tour China, but also featuring heavily a jolly Chinese comedian. It appears that he is the cultural ambassador for this tour and it quotes him as saying there are "tangible connections between ancient Chinese and ancient Aborginal cultures". Apart from both cultures' enthusiasm for Dragons/Rainbow Serpents, and, in more recent times, China as a destination for Aussie trepang, it's not obvious what he could mean. And it's certainly not true, as suggested that it's the first time old barks have travelled abroad. Indeed, some of the works in this very exhibition, which features more than150 artworks and objects, was taken by the late Lance Bennett on an extensive tour of Japan in the 1960s, and were identified as being from the Bennett Collection when seen in the 'Old Masters' show at the National Museum in Canberra in 2013 which is the basis for this tour. But, as the NMA puts it, this is "an unprecedented exhibition tour of Arnhemland artworks across China. And the exhibition will tour mainland China for 20 months before heading to Taiwan, reflecting the strong international interest in Australian Indigenous art and culture. The 'Old Masters' exhibition opens at the National Museum of China in Beijing on 3 July 2018 and nationally acclaimed performer and advocate for traditional Chinese culture, Guo Degang will serve as a cultural ambassador in China for the National Museum of Australia". "Old Masters highlights the work of master painters, from western, central and eastern Arnhemland,” said Dr Michael Pickering, senior curator at the National Museum, which houses more than 2000 works of art on bark, the world’s largest and richest collection of bark paintings. "The three different regions represented» Read More

 

DIGITAL CODES

DIGITAL CODES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.06.18

The Australian Government this week announced that it will commit $150,000 to a pilot program to test digital codes to label authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander products. The move is the latest step in the fight against inauthentic Indigenous...» Read More

 

Blak Markets Back in Sydney

Blak Markets Back in Sydney

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.06.18

The Blak Markets organisation will again host the National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair next weekend at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney. The event will kick off celebrations ahead of this year’s national NAIDOC Week and will offer a vibrant...» Read More

 

“I am the old and the new”

“I am the old and the new”

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.06.18

What a marvellously biblical statement by the senior Western Arnhemland artist, John Mawurndjul. He made it boldly in accepting this year's prestigious male Red Ochre Award at the Sydney Opera House in May. And the once-shaggy bushman, who lives 50...» Read More

 

SAMUEL NAMUNJDJA

SAMUEL NAMUNJDJA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.06.18

It's reported from Maningrida that the great Kuninjku bark artist, Samuel Namunjdja died in early May. He was only 54 and leaves a substantial family on his Mankorlod outstation, some 50km from the Western Arnhemland township. I had the pleasure...» Read More

 

DARK EMU

DARK EMU

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.06.18

Bruce Pascoe's important 2014 book has been turned into performance by the only company that could possibly have attempted it – Bangarra Dance Theatre. In case you haven't caught up with the book (which you really should), The Conversation website...» Read More

 

WIK v TAREE

WIK v TAREE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.06.18

Two documentary films on significant Indigenous subjects came early in this year's Sydney Film Festival – which has such an honourable tradition of celebrating First Nations creativity. But what a gulf between the two. The first was an encyclopedic history...» Read More

 

WARS & MASSACRES

WARS & MASSACRES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.06.18

The ever-over-wrought Alan Jones was launching a book about political correctness the other day and was quoted as saying that “primary school children today know more about the 'fictitious' Welcome to Country than they do about Burke and Wills (who...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Exhibition

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.06.18

A lengthy article appeared in a recent issue of The Australian's Review supplement announcing that old Aboriginal barks were setting out to tour China, but also featuring heavily a jolly Chinese comedian. It appears that he is the cultural ambassador...» Read More

Industry Corner: Feature

DIGITAL CODES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.06.18

The Australian Government this week announced that it will commit $150,000 to a pilot program to test digital codes to label authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander products. The move is the latest step in the fight against inauthentic Indigenous...» Read More

Events: Event

The Late Mary Macha

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.11.17

Somehow, the Aboriginal Art Directory failed to report the death in March of a woman of great importance in the development of Aboriginal art – Mary Macha. She grew from a West Australian job in the State's Native Welfare Department...» 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

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Blak Markets Back in Sydney

24.06.18 Blak Markets Back in Sydney
Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay in Sydney
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