VICTORIA OPENS!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.11.20

Wonderful to report after all that State's travails, art galleries in Victoria are opening by the bucket-load – and, naturally, First Nations art and culture is taking precedence! At the NGV in Melbourne, not one but two delayed shows burst forth – the big 'Tiwi' exhibition under Judith Ryan's guidance; and 'Destiny' (Deacon of course) helmed by Myles Russell-Cook. Then, up in Bendigo, that gallery's development of an Australian Fashion Collection has allowed South Kaantju woman Shonae Hobson to collate 'Piinpi' – meaning seasonal changes in eastern Cape York languages – featuring the new fad for Indigenous fashion. 'Tiwi' naturally takes my interest first and foremost as a place I've visited and written about in the past – and more than justified by the sheer size of the enterprise that has required a 325 page catalogue. It's the first attempt to explain the uniqueness of the Bathurst and Melville Islands' culture since the Art Gallery of SA did so rather well in 2006 under the curatorship of James Bennett, who had the inestimable advantage of having been the first art coordinator at the Milikapiti Art Centre at Snake Bay on Melville. And Milikapiti has produced a stream of important artists from the late great Kitty Kantilla through to today's cultural leader, Pedro Wanaeamirri. It's suggested that the absence of missionary activity at Snake Bay may have been an artistic advantage. But with artist names such as Mary Magdalene Tipungwuti and Immaculata Tipiloura about, there's no denying the presence of the Roman Catholic Church on the islands. And Bennett's thesis at AGSA was very much that Tiwi adaptability had always allowed outsiders to play a role in their non-sacred art activities – from Macassans in the past, through buffalo hunters bringing in steel axes that allowed serious sculpting of the islands'» Read More

 

Aboriginal Art Storms Online

Aboriginal Art Storms Online

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.11.20

This year has been one of terrible isolation for many people – none more so than the remote First Nations communities that produce so much of Australia's greatest art at the moment. But that very enforced isolation has a) kept...» Read More

 

'Nilimurra Dhuwal: Here We Are' by Guynbi Ganambarr

'Nilimurra Dhuwal: Here We Are' by Guynbi Ganambarr

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.11.20

Ever since his first appearance at Bill Gregory's Annandale Galleries in 2004, Guynbi Ganambarr has been making waves. Indeed, Will Stubbs, his art director at the dynamic Buku Larrnggay Art Centre in eastern Arnhemland noted that even his first appearance...» Read More

 

Michael Nelson Jagamara AM 1946 – 2020

Michael Nelson Jagamara AM 1946 – 2020

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.11.20

The death was announced in Alice Springs last night of the leading Desert artist Michael Nelson Jagamara. The Warlpiri man wasn't amongst the first in Papunya to take to the canvas when the art movement took off there in 1972....» Read More

 

GORDON BENNETT SOLO IN QUEENSLAND

GORDON BENNETT SOLO IN QUEENSLAND

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.11.20

'Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett’ is the first large-scale exhibition of Bennett’s oeuvre since 2007. The exhibition showcases Bennett’s key series in depth, his most important and admired works, and includes many works which have rarely if ever...» Read More

 

Cursed!

Cursed!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.10.20

A few weeks ago I was at the Sydney Theatre Company's play, 'Wonnangatta' expecting to see an Aboriginal play because the excellent Wayne Blair was half of the cast. Silly me! Now I've been to the re-opening of the Belvoir...» Read More

 

Sunshine Coast Art Prize Finalists Paint BMWs

Sunshine Coast Art Prize Finalists Paint BMWs

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 30.10.20

Hitting the Sunshine Coast streets now until December 11 are a BMW, Mini and BMW motorbike featuring the artwork of Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2020 finalists, Michael Nelson Jagamara, Natalya Hughes and Kent Morris - thanks to Coastline BMW. The...» Read More

 

The 'Seven Sisters' Heading for England

The 'Seven Sisters' Heading for England

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.10.20

The National Museum of Australia’s pioneering Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition will tour to the United Kingdom in 2021. Here's what I thought of curator Margo Neale's original show in Canbarra in 2018: https://news.aboriginalartdirectory.com/2018/02/songlines-tracking-the-seven-sisters.php The joint 'UK/Australia Season' initiative...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Exhibition

VICTORIA OPENS!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.11.20

Wonderful to report after all that State's travails, art galleries in Victoria are opening by the bucket-load – and, naturally, First Nations art and culture is taking precedence! At the NGV in Melbourne, not one but two delayed shows burst...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

Aboriginal Art Storms Online

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.11.20

This year has been one of terrible isolation for many people – none more so than the remote First Nations communities that produce so much of Australia's greatest art at the moment. But that very enforced isolation has a) kept...» Read More

Events: Event

The Ebes Collection

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.10.20

Back in May 2013, I wrote enthusiastically about the opening of Melbourne's 'Emily Museum', celebrating, of course, the career of the woman its owner, Hank Ebes called “Australia's greatest artist”. As he continued at the time, “There is no influence...» 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