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 put up the Serra Collection from Spain for sale. During a seventeen-year tenure at Sotheby’s London, Peter Nahum established the Victorian Painting Department and became head of the British Painting Department until his departure in 1984 to set up his own gallery. It would become Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries, and over twenty-five years as a passionate art dealer and expert followed. Located in St. James, London, the gallery specialised in high-quality nineteenth and twentieth-century British art. From the 1970s Peter Nahum produced numerous scholarly publications and from1981 to 2002 was a regular contributor to the BBC's popular 'Antiques Roadshow'. In 2017, he built the online website for the Burne-Jones Catalogue Raisonné and continues to act as adviser and coordinator to the project. Reflecting on his career, Peter Nahum mused: “Dealers are glorified collectors … the only difference between a dealer and a traditional collector is that a dealer’s collection is, in principle, faster-moving – their motto must be Sell and Regret”. Given this specialist history, Peter and Renate Nahum’s surprising engagement with Australian art began in the late 1980s. Assembled over a period of twenty years, the Nahum Collection of Aboriginal Art is the antithesis of Victorian English painting but reflects their enquiring minds and keen eyes. The bold simplicity of the art of The Kimberley and the fine bark designs of John Mawurndjul resonated for them as parts of a unique and truly international art movement. Looking at Australian Aboriginal Art with fresh eyes, the collection highlights the importance of barks from Maningrida, Yirrkala and Western Arnhem» Read More

 

Kaurna Shield Comes to Adelaide

Kaurna Shield Comes to Adelaide

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.07.20

The Federal Government has announced $100,000 to support the acquisition of a rare 19th century Murlapaka (also spelt Mulubakka) shield, attributed to the Kaurna people from the Adelaide Plains, by the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA). Minister for the...» Read More

 

Yiribana

Yiribana

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.07.20

"The Art Gallery of NSW has long been recognised for the excellence of its collection of classical bark paintings", noted the AGNSW's then Public Programs Curator, Terence Maloon in 1994; going on to say, "It is also regarded as a...» Read More

 

Fashion Goes Indigenous

Fashion Goes Indigenous

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.06.20

Everywhere you turn at this time there's news of some new venture in First Nations fashion. The ladies fashion mags are full of it, the museums are leaping on the bandwagon and now, being Australia, we have to have a...» Read More

 

Desecration in the East Kimberley

Desecration in the East Kimberley

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.06.20

According to Elders from the art community of Warrmun, supported by the Kimberley Land Council, sites of cultural significance in the East Kimberley have been destroyed by large-scale granite mining operations, despite breaching Section 17 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act...» Read More

 

The Gambay Language Map

The Gambay Language Map

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.06.20

Ever wanted to speak just a little of the language of the artists who created your artworks? Or even just to find out what language or languages they do actually communicate in? Well, First Languages Australia has now developed an...» Read More

 

ARTISTS HONOURED

ARTISTS HONOURED

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.06.20

The Queens Birthday Honours may have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons – too many politicians going “over and beyond” in backstabbing and power-grabbing, for instance – but it's been a bonza year for remote First Nations artists...» Read More

 

ONLINE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

ONLINE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.06.20

In a foreshortened and online film festival, the normal Sydney winter feast is a comparatively muted affair this year as a result of the COVID crisis. Sadly, only two First Nations films have made the cut, two docos that tackle...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: 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

Industry Corner: Exhibition

Kaurna Shield Comes to Adelaide

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.07.20

The Federal Government has announced $100,000 to support the acquisition of a rare 19th century Murlapaka (also spelt Mulubakka) shield, attributed to the Kaurna people from the Adelaide Plains, by the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA). Minister for the...» 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