Gagosian Goes Aboriginal

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.04.19

The prodigious Gagosian Gallery has announced that it “is pleased to present a special exhibition of contemporary Indigenous Australian painting from two significant American collections - the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia and the Collection of Steve Martin and Anne Stringfield. Spanning three generations, the exhibition includes works by leading painters from the Central and Western Desert regions”. This is an extraordinary breakthrough for Aboriginal art – one that I've been predicting in America for some time. Several serious collections by US collectors have been touring for a year or two now to whet the appetite. But surely the three national tours by Dennis Scholl - once a collector of trans-Atlantic contemporary art, well-known to Gagosian, who then dedicated a decade to what he originally called 'Aboriginal abstraction', allowing his tours to enter the hallowed halls of America's contemporary art institutions – have had the major influence. And acceptance – even for a non-selling show – by Gagosian, which has five outlets in New York, three in London, plus Paris, Rome Geneva, Hong Kong, San Francisco and Los Angeles, raises an expectation of bringing our Indigenous art to the attention of their clients who normally shop for William de Kooning, Jeff Koons and Cy Twombley; Henry Moore or Richard Serra; even a handful of female artists such as Helen Frankenthaler and Jenny Saville. Of course, it's just possible that Aboriginal art was forcefully brought to Gagosian's attention when they showed a Damien Hirst exhibition in Beverley Hills last year. For it created an explosion of Indigenous ire as Hirst’s series, 'The Veil Paintings' was widely (and not always favourably) compared to the intense dotting of Emily Kngwarreye and other Utopia artists of the Ngale and Pwerle clans. As the artist himself said, “A veil is solid» Read More

 

An Indigenous Biennale?

An Indigenous Biennale?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.04.19

Well, do we have an Indigenous Sydney Biennale or not? The third oldest Biennale in the world (after Venice and Sao Paulo) has begun to announce its artists selected for next year – opening on March 14th. Along with the...» Read More

 

Does the Souffle Rise Twice in Alice?

Does the Souffle Rise Twice in Alice?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.04.19

The Northern Territory Government insists that it is building The National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs. And to prove an advance on what had looked a process stalled when ten responsible Aboriginal Traditional Owners of the site the Government...» Read More

 

Kunmanara Williams Stars at The National

Kunmanara Williams Stars at The National

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.03.19

I start my thoughts on the very lively new tripartite exhibition in Sydney – The National 2019 – on a sad note....the death of Mumu Mike Williams, the great artist/politician from Mimili Maku art centre in the APY Lands. His...» Read More

 

Parrtjima and CIAF announce 2019 plans

Parrtjima and CIAF announce 2019 plans

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.03.19

The official program for Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2019 has revealed a huge 10 nights of large scale light installations, artworks, workshops, talks, films and live music for the whole family. Parrtjima will again be held in the...» Read More

 

ADELAIDE'S LEAPS & BOUNDS

ADELAIDE'S LEAPS & BOUNDS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.03.19

With a Federal election imminent, there was Liberal consensus in Adelaide as the Federal Government announced it would deliver “$129 million for a series of projects designed to boost the cultural economy of Adelaide’s world-renowned arts, food and cultural scene”....» Read More

 

Jarinyanu David Downs Collection Heads to NT

Jarinyanu David Downs Collection Heads to NT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.03.19

In a first for an Australian public institution, a most significant collection of works by the Kimberley artist Jarinyanu David Downs (c.1920-1995) - 23 pieces in all - has been acquired by the Museum and Art Gallery of the...» Read More

 

TJUNGUNGUTJA TO ALICE

TJUNGUNGUTJA TO ALICE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.03.19

A little bit of history via my writing in 2017 when the important exhibition of the Museum & Art Gallery of the NT's collection of the earliest Papunya boards opened in Darwin. Now Tjungungutja – From Having Come Together moves...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Exhibition

Gagosian Goes Aboriginal

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.04.19

The prodigious Gagosian Gallery has announced that it “is pleased to present a special exhibition of contemporary Indigenous Australian painting from two significant American collections - the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia and the Collection of...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

An Indigenous Biennale?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.04.19

Well, do we have an Indigenous Sydney Biennale or not? The third oldest Biennale in the world (after Venice and Sao Paulo) has begun to announce its artists selected for next year – opening on March 14th. Along with the...» Read More

Events: Event

TJUNGUNGUTJA TO ALICE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.03.19

A little bit of history via my writing in 2017 when the important exhibition of the Museum & Art Gallery of the NT's collection of the earliest Papunya boards opened in Darwin. Now Tjungungutja – From Having Come Together moves...» Read More

Events: Event

The Aboriginal Memorial – A Smouldering Reproach

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.10.18

The 30th anniversary of the 1988 creation of The Aboriginal Memorial of 200 dupun/hollow log bone coffins by 43 artists from Ramingining is being celebrated this weekend with a lecture, conversations, a film and a symposium at the National Gallery...» Read More

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Gagosian Goes Aboriginal

14.04.19 Gagosian Goes Aboriginal
Gagosian Gallery, 976 Madison Avenue, New York
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Kunmanara Williams Stars at The National

30.03.19 Kunmanara Williams Stars at The National
Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Carriageworks,
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