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 Collector' magazine in its dedicated Fair Guide made a single mention of Indigenous art. This is the fair's fourth iteration (and my third), it's gone annual rather than biennial, and twelve commercial dealers in Indigenous art had put their money behind their faith in the product; I'm told a stand can cost up to $75,000 in a prestigious position in the rambling Carriageworks ex-railway sheds. Surely the Indigenous galleries deserved fair billing as a fifth of the 59 gallery turnout – even if the headlines were expected to be written about the first appearance of Pace Galleries from NY, HK, London, Beijing, Seoul, Palo Alto and Geneva! Their Jean Dubuffet sculpture at c$5m. is certainly a palpable icon to draw attention to their presence as you enter the show. But size isn't everything. Melbourne dealer D'Lan Davidson is claiming that he's set a new record for a John Mawurndjul bark at $140,000. That a man hailed as a master in the MCA's current show dedicated to his life's work, and simultaneously transported as an 'Old Master' to Beijing by the National Museum should never have exceeded $150,000 – the starting point for a sketch by the likes of Bill Robinson or Tim Storrier – is outrageous. Which surely makes a mockery of the SC18 talk session entitled 'Why is Australian Art so Cheap?', with no-one selected to talk about the underpricing of the Indigenous. Mawurndjul's tightly packed and curled 'Ngalyod' from 1999 is a superb transition piece from his early mythological creatures to his later abstraction of the essence of» 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

 

CIAF Sets Records

CIAF Sets Records

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.08.18

Sunshine filled days and starlit skies drew the crowds and community together for last month’s Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), capping off its ninth successful iteration with record breaking success. In releasing CIAF’s sales figures, general manager Vanessa Gillen said...» Read More

 

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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

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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

 

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SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY  2018

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Carriageworks, Eveleigh, Sydney
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Indigenous Pots Are Hot

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Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria
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