OCEANS APART

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.09.18

He's young and he's earnest, he's British and he's white, and he's telling the Brits all about Aboriginal art. Anything wrong with that? Well, in Australia, it couldn't happen. Because, increasingly, only Aboriginal people are allowed to take on that interpretive role in film and television. We're therefore most unlikely to get to see James Fox's 'Oceans Apart' - which is a BBC TV series currently being screened there actually covers art right across the Pacific but starts in Indigenous Australia – on our local screens. Which justifies, I think, my telling you how this British picture is painted. For, although Nicholas Thomas, the Australian-born Professor of Historical Anthropology at Cambridge is credited as advisor to the series, I note that his most significant publication – 'Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire' – suggests an expertise in Oceania rather than Indigenous Australia. So young James Fox takes us to the Arnhemland rock country and offers us Alfred Nayinggul, a local ranger but not, apparently an artist, extolling the importance of Country in the Kunwinjku tongue. Cut to the monumental Injalak Hill, though, and it's Fox himself telling us about the rock art that covers its caves and overhangs – not a local artist, such as Gabriel Maralngurra, who is soon demonstrating how to paint an Kongara, as Britain's James Cook originally spelt the word. That choice seemed pretty questionable – though it did allow Fox to draw us to his main theme that here was “a quality and continuity” of art-making that was unique in the world. I'm not sure that his subsequent linkage from Neolithic man to the Greeks, the Renaissance and right through to Picasso as a parallel to the continuity of Aboriginal art really made sense – however dramatic. For, while Aboriginal images of kangaroos,» Read More

 

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY  2018

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2018

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.09.18

I'm not sure they really get it! 'Australiasia's Premier International Art Fair', Sydney Contemporary, opened today with expectations of exceeding last year's c$16m. turnover before it closes on Sunday. Yet neither the Director in his opening remarks nor the 'Art...» Read More

 

Alice Springs Gallery Project – Mixed Views

Alice Springs Gallery Project – Mixed Views

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.09.18

The findings of a three-month consultation program by the NT Government with the local Alice Springs community have been released with 88 per cent of the Alice Springs community consulted saying they want the project to progress and were either...» Read More

 

The Museum Race Hots Up

The Museum Race Hots Up

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.09.18

The SA Liberal Government today allocated $60m. in its inaugural Budget for the first stages of construction of “a world-leading Aboriginal art and cultures gallery” on the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site at the end of North Terrace in the...» Read More

 

Greg Weight: Stories Behind the Images

Greg Weight: Stories Behind the Images

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 04.09.18

Note: The details of Greg Weight's life which appear here have been edited from his brief life story - used with permission. We encourage you to read this interesting story in full, and also recommend this great interview with Greg...» Read More

 

Mawurndjul Makes Headlines in DC

Mawurndjul Makes Headlines in DC

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.09.18

Under the bracing headline: 'Introducing the greatest aboriginal artist unknown in America' expatriate Aussie art critic, Sebastian Smee, a Pulitzer Prize-winner at the Boston Globe, told his now-Washington Post readers what they were missing out on in distant Sydney. Smee...» Read More

 

Whispering Still

Whispering Still

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.08.18

Twenty years ago, almost single-handedly kicking off the History Wars, Henry Reynolds published 'This Whispering in Our Hearts'. For him it was the culmination of researches stimulated in 1971 by his first job teaching history at the Townsville University College...» Read More

 

Indigenous Pots Are Hot

Indigenous Pots Are Hot

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.08.18

The Biennial Indigenous Ceramic Award winner at the Shepparton Art Museum in mid-Victoria is about to be announced on Saturday. As a $20,000 acquisitive prize, the 2018 ICA is open to Indigenous groups and individual artists to propose an exhibition...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Event

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2018

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.09.18

I'm not sure they really get it! 'Australiasia's Premier International Art Fair', Sydney Contemporary, opened today with expectations of exceeding last year's c$16m. turnover before it closes on Sunday. Yet neither the Director in his opening remarks nor the 'Art...» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

Alice Springs Gallery Project – Mixed Views

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.09.18

The findings of a three-month consultation program by the NT Government with the local Alice Springs community have been released with 88 per cent of the Alice Springs community consulted saying they want the project to progress and were either...» Read More

Events: Event

Whispering Still

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.08.18

Twenty years ago, almost single-handedly kicking off the History Wars, Henry Reynolds published 'This Whispering in Our Hearts'. For him it was the culmination of researches stimulated in 1971 by his first job teaching history at the Townsville University College...» 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

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY  2018

13.09.18 SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2018
Carriageworks, Eveleigh, Sydney
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Indigenous Pots Are Hot

23.08.18 Indigenous Pots Are Hot
Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria
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