Influential Emily

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.12.19

It's the silly season when TV is supposed to be on endless repeat and politicians go home and leave us alone for a while. However, this year the combination of Brexit, Trump and Australia's inextinguishable fires seems to have changed that. Nevertheless, everyone is drawing up lists of the great and good from 2019. And what a delight to discover that our very own Emily Kame Kngwarreye made the list of Artsy.com's 'The 20 Most Influential Artists of 2019' along with more expected names such as the 2019 UK's Turner Prize winners, the campaigning Nan Goldin, Olafur Eliasson (now showing in Brisbane), Arthur Jafa, who took home the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale and is coming to next year's Sydney Biennale, Japan's teamLab, Jeff Koons, KAWS, the new Jeff Koons (aka Brian Donnelly), and, inevitably, Yayoi Kusama. The initial justification for noting an artist who died in 1996 and, in Artsy's words, “inspiring us from the grave”, was her presence in 'Desert Painters of Australia', the major non-selling exhibition of Aboriginal artwork at the Gagosian Gallery in New York and California, which, Artsy concluded, “brought renewed attention to phenomenal abstract paintings from Indigenous Australian communities. Emily Kame Kngwarreye may be the most lauded of these painters. Throughout her life (ca. 1910–1996), Kngwarreye filled her vibrant canvases with dots, swirls and tangled lines that alternately evoke organic shapes, topographic maps, and the night sky”(!). After this selection, Sotheby’s held its first Aboriginal art sale in New York, which Artsy decided, “conveyed confidence in Americans’ interest in the genre (the auction house previously held sales in London and Sydney)”. Two Kngwarreye canvases were top lots: 'Untitled' (1990), selling for US$350,000 and the three-metre 'Summer Celebration' (1991), which rose to US$596,000 (A$875.000). “A number of high-profile collectors, including Steve Martin and Dennis» Read More

 

Sotheby's NY Inaugural Aboriginal Art 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

 

Festivals in the Blak

Festivals in the Blak

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.12.19

“With the ubiquity of Indigenous cultural practice today, you just can't put on a festival without it”. That bold statement by the non-Indigenous Iain Grandage, newly arrived as Director of 2020's Perth Festival (7th Feb to 1st March) would be...» Read More

 

Cairns Airport Commission

Cairns Airport Commission

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.12.19

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) and Cairns Airport are seeking creative submissions from Queensland’s Indigenous artists to have their artworks featured prominently within the Airport’s newly redeveloped T2 Domestic Terminal. CIAF and Cairns Airport developed their already established partnership at...» Read More

 

KNOWLEDGE GROUND

KNOWLEDGE GROUND

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.12.19

“Dance is so ephemeral; we felt we owed it to acknowledge 30 years of dance and more than 200 alumni – dancers, designers, musicians, etc, and, above all, the cultural custodians who gave us the stories”. Steven Page – who's...» Read More

 

Daniel Boyd Shines Again

Daniel Boyd Shines Again

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.12.19

Internationally renowned architect Sir David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates and award-winning Sydney-based contemporary Aboriginal artist Daniel Boyd have been chosen to design a new public square and artwork near Circular Quay in Sydney. Based in Accra, London and New York,...» Read More

 

Linear?

Linear?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.11.19

“Linear explores over 60,000 years of creative, scientific and technological development and ingenuity through the stories, content and work from leading Indigenous cultural practitioners from across Australia”. Well, I guess Sydney's Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences – better known...» Read More

 

The Auction Time of Year

The Auction Time of Year

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.11.19

“Toward the end of 1991, women’s Awelye ceremonies were being held in Utopia. December was overwhelmingly humid with hot northerly winds. The anticipation of rain and the ongoing ceremonial activity enlivened the spiritual atmosphere. A number of exceptional paintings (by...» Read More

 

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Influential Emily

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.12.19

It's the silly season when TV is supposed to be on endless repeat and politicians go home and leave us alone for a while. However, this year the combination of Brexit, Trump and Australia's inextinguishable fires seems to have changed...» Read More

Industry Corner: 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

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

Events: Event

The Auction Time of Year

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.11.19

“Toward the end of 1991, women’s Awelye ceremonies were being held in Utopia. December was overwhelmingly humid with hot northerly winds. The anticipation of rain and the ongoing ceremonial activity enlivened the spiritual atmosphere. A number of exceptional paintings (by...» Read More