ON & OFF IN ABORIGINAL ART

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.04.20

We do need an uplift at this trying time of our lives. First Nations art and its artist creators are no different. So, credits go to Dallas Gold of, as far as I can tell, the still-open Raft Gallery in Alice Springs: “In the face of a fraying society we can rest assured that there are few certainties; we are still on a planet orbiting a star in an expanding universe - it will all end eventually - and art still makes absolute sense. So I am still going through the motions for as long as I can”. Almost as positive, D'Lan Davidson, who just escaped the New York debacle in time after his secondary market Emily and Papunya show there: “Looking forward, we'll focus on keeping the market strong by promoting the critically important work of the primary market.  We'll be sending an email mid-month highlighting the art centres and primary galleries that do so much to support their Indigenous artists and communities. With many artists returning to country to keep themselves safe during this unprecedented time, we can expect a new burst of creativity from this most important market - definitely something to look forward to”. With the Uluru Park closed, I suspect the Mutijulu community is almost as good as being On Country these days. And the artists there have leapt into action to create works that attempt to explain Covid-19 to their fellow Anangu. "We called a meeting straight away when we heard about coronavirus so that Anangu could speak about how they were feeling about it," interpreter Kathy Tozer told the ABC. "One of the things that came up was that they wanted to put messages out around the community to let all the people in the community know that you shouldn't be travelling and» Read More

 

the dickens boy

the dickens boy

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.04.20

In these troubled times, a good read may be almost as good as a vaccination! And the venerable 84-year old Tom Keneally has pretty much always offered a rattlin' good read over an incredible fifty volumes. Intriguingly, his last two...» Read More

 

Arts Activism

Arts Activism

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.03.20

After yesterday's hopeful example of Aboriginal artists in the East Kimberley going 'On Country' to avoid any chance of being exposed to the coronavirus, today offers a potent case of the arts industry standing up for itself - as, so...» Read More

 

Out on Country!

Out on Country!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.03.20

I recently encouraged online art buying directly from community art centres in order to keep the Aboriginal art world from falling in a hole. Here's a splendidly positive example of art centre proactivity in this pandemic world:   In the...» Read More

 

Another Coronavirus Crisis

Another Coronavirus Crisis

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.03.20

As the NT Government sensibly closes off access to remote Indigenous communities in response to the Coronavirus crisis, the foresightful academic, Jon Altman, working with Francis Markham of the ANU is concerned for the financial consequences as well as the...» Read More

 

BIENNALE OF SYDNEY 2020

BIENNALE OF SYDNEY 2020

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.03.20

Biennales come and go and are often remarkably forgettable. Every second artist – whatever their cultural roots – seems to live in Berlin. The sort of globalisation that has brought us the coronavirus invariably flavours each show – art passed...» Read More

 

LAURIE NILSEN

LAURIE NILSEN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.03.20

Laurie Nilsen, the father of the barbed-wire emu, has died on March 6th at the age of 66 from cancer after a 40 year career in art. That is currently being celebrated with a retrospective at his Fireworks Gallery in...» Read More

 

Entries to Blake Prize Closing Soon

Entries to Blake Prize Closing Soon

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 12.03.20

Time is running out to enter one of Australia's longest-running and most prestigious (and unpredictable) art prizes, the Blake Prize. Open to artists exploring the wider experience of spirituality, religion and belief, the Blake Prize engages artists nationally and internationally....» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Event

ON & OFF IN ABORIGINAL ART

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.04.20

We do need an uplift at this trying time of our lives. First Nations art and its artist creators are no different. So, credits go to Dallas Gold of, as far as I can tell, the still-open Raft Gallery in...» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

Arts Activism

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.03.20

After yesterday's hopeful example of Aboriginal artists in the East Kimberley going 'On Country' to avoid any chance of being exposed to the coronavirus, today offers a potent case of the arts industry standing up for itself - as, so...» 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