Fairs Fare

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 12.08.20

The two biggest First Nations art fairs are both either on or about to be. So, if you've a sense that these devastating times are just the right ones to support Indigenous artists in the most direct way, then this year all you have to do is to tune your computer in to either (or both) of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair's or the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair's websites and get out your credit card! And many have been doing that for DAAF's – which ends on Friday as CIAF begins - with a torrent of red dots online. Perhaps the fact that you don't actually have to be in Darwin or Cairns and could be in Timbuktu has actually increased the potential audience exponentially. Amazingly, both fairs are also doing their best to offer a first-hand experience with opening and closing ceremonies, music and dance performances, kids story-telling, Tjanpi basket-weaving lessons (sold out), and in Cairns, both a Climate Change side-bar and a program of discussions lead by the ubiquitous Wesley Enoch on matters such as Indigenous tourism and Captain Cook! Poor old Cookie! Though fair enough, there is bound to be an imbalance between the written colonial history and First Peoples oral versions of the same events. So Cook does have special relevance in FNQ as a result of his 48 days on Guugu Yimithirr Country in what is now Cooktown and the home of Hopevale Art Centre artists. And they are contributors through paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, textile installations and screen to a special show at CIAF called 'Undercurrents' in which 24 North Queensland artists consider the legacy that almost all of the rest of us have put behind us once the Prime Minister's daft circumnavigation project was canned. Up there, as local artist Jack» Read More

 

“The Art of the Nation”

“The Art of the Nation”

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.08.20

“Thank you mob in Darwin for this business. Thank you. At last. I feel proud. I’ve been trying all my life, all the time second, fourth, last, sometimes nothing. But I got it now, today. My day, my time this...» Read More

 

Art Is Fashionable

Art Is Fashionable

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.08.20

The inaugural National Indigenous Fashion Awards were handed out last night in Darwin (ie online) courtesy of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (also online), which has been promoting this sub-branch of First Nations art for a few years now. And...» Read More

 

The Salon, 2020

The Salon, 2020

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.08.20

For the first time in umpteen years, I haven't been in the balmy night in Darwin attending the opening of the Salon des Refuses - Aboriginal art's response to the 19th Century French Impressionists' rebellion against rejection by 'official' art...» Read More

 

MR R PETERS 1935-2020

MR R PETERS 1935-2020

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.08.20

The outstanding philosophical thinker of the Gija people in the East Kimberley, Rusty Peters has died in his 86th year. This long tall, thin and reticent man let his painting do the talking after he joined the Jirrawun group of...» Read More

 

EMILY v DOROTHY

EMILY v DOROTHY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.07.20

What a year for the women! Major exhibitions are currently on (with serious catalogues) for Mavis Ngallametta (QAG), Nyapanyapa Yunupingu (MAGNT) and Destiny Deacon (NGV); earlier this year Emily Kngwarreye had significant sales in Sydney and New York on the...» Read More

 

The Convict Valley – The Hunter

The Convict Valley – The Hunter

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.07.20

Commandant James Wallis emerged for me – though not perhaps for Mark Dunn,The Convict Valley's author – at the symbolic epicentre of this history. Have you ever heard of him – or of Wallis Plains, named in his honour, also...» Read More

 

Repatriated Art at Auction

Repatriated Art at Auction

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.07.20

Coincidentally, two substantial foreign collections of Aboriginal art have been returned home in COVID-time to be sold at auction. Tonight, online, Deutscher & Hackett offer the Peter and Renate Nahum Collection from London. And on 22 July in Sydney, Bonhams...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Event

Fairs Fare

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 12.08.20

The two biggest First Nations art fairs are both either on or about to be. So, if you've a sense that these devastating times are just the right ones to support Indigenous artists in the most direct way, then this...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

“The Art of the Nation”

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.08.20

“Thank you mob in Darwin for this business. Thank you. At last. I feel proud. I’ve been trying all my life, all the time second, fourth, last, sometimes nothing. But I got it now, today. My day, my time this...» Read More

Events: Event

Repatriated Art at Auction

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.07.20

Coincidentally, two substantial foreign collections of Aboriginal art have been returned home in COVID-time to be sold at auction. Tonight, online, Deutscher & Hackett offer the Peter and Renate Nahum Collection from London. And on 22 July in Sydney, Bonhams...» Read More

Events: Auction

Sotheby's NY Inaugural Aboriginal Art Auction

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 17.12.19

The first dedicated Aboriginal art auction in the US by an international auction house was held by Sotheby's in New York on December 13. The sale surpassed its high estimate with 88% of all lots sold and set eight new...» Read More