The Gagosian Effect

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.05.19

As I predicted, the arrival of a significant Aboriginal art collection at one of the world's most prestigious art dealers – Gagosian in New York – accompanied by the name of a famous collector (and inimitable comic) Steve Martin is having a ripple effect. Both the NY Times and the Washington Post are regaling their readers with the news – and adding the sort of analysis that all-too-rarely accompanies commentary on Indigenous art and culture in its homeland, Australia. Jason Farago in the NY Times is not a name I've encountered before – but his thoughts deserve wide circulation wherever Aboriginal art can be found: “The artists at Gagosian are their (the pioneers of Papunya) successors, and take a different tack. Highly aware that these paintings circulate in white-dominated spaces, they do not depict ritual knowledge with legible forms, but rather layer, abbreviate, distend and obfuscate these forms into patterns that are neither properly “abstract” nor exactly representational. Mr. (Warlimpirrnga) Tjapaltjarri draws on handed-down knowledge of the geographical, cultural and mystical features of his country, which exist in a timeless realm known as the Dreamtime (or “Tjukurrpa,” in Pintupi). His painting at Gagosian probably maps a salt lake in the desert and draws on a Dreamtime story of its creation. Yet he does not offer all that knowledge on canvas; it remains guarded, taught only to initiates. His decision to share it with the art world, to win both cultural respect and financial reward, comes with a related insistence on holding something back — what the (late) Caribbean philosopher Édouard Glissant called a “right to opacity” (in his book 'Philosophie de la Relation' 2009). Quite like the poker-faced art of Jasper Johns, these beautiful but reticent paintings take on cultural forms that change meaning and context as they circulate. Their» Read More

 

Art and the Election

Art and the Election

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.05.19

The arts haven't exactly been at the centre of debates during the current election campaign. Let's face it, the arts haven't turned the electoral tide since 1993 when Paul Keating discovered how enthusiastic cultural people were for his government, which...» Read More

 

DIGGING FOR HONEY ANTS AT PAPUNYA

DIGGING FOR HONEY ANTS AT PAPUNYA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.05.19

Unusual for Aboriginal Art Directory – a link with something to listen to! Recently, John Kean – an early Papunya Tula Artists staffer, researcher and frequent writer about those pioneering days at Papunya in the 70s – was asked to...» Read More

 

INTERESTING TIMES

INTERESTING TIMES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.05.19

Every day I get a feed from Google telling me of every mention of Aboriginal art on the internet. Some days it's just a couple. Today there's Aboriginal art in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Kalgoorlie, Forbes, Myrtleford, Darwin, Bendigo, Adelaide and...» Read More

 

GAGOSIAN OPENING TONIGHT

GAGOSIAN OPENING TONIGHT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.05.19

“In a few days time an exhibition will launch in New York that will reshape the future for the Indigenous Australian art market”. That's an incredibly bold statement by Melbourne (and New York) dealer D'Lan Davidson. But then he's linked in to...» Read More

 

WHO'LL WIN THE WYNNE IN 2019?

WHO'LL WIN THE WYNNE IN 2019?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.05.19

It's been 4 years since anyone but an Aboriginal artist has won the country's premier prize for landscape painting – the Art Gallery of NSW's Wynne Prize. And this year may be no different as precisely half of the selected...» Read More

 

Telstra NATSIAA finalists announced

Telstra NATSIAA finalists announced

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.05.19

68 Indigenous artists from across Australia have been selected as finalists for the 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAAs), the country’s longest running and most illustrious Indigenous art awards. Telstra has announced that it is...» Read More

 

Gagosian Goes Aboriginal

Gagosian Goes Aboriginal

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.04.19

The prodigious Gagosian Gallery has announced that it “is pleased to present a special exhibition of contemporary Indigenous Australian painting from two significant American collections - the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia and the Collection of...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Event

The Gagosian Effect

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.05.19

As I predicted, the arrival of a significant Aboriginal art collection at one of the world's most prestigious art dealers – Gagosian in New York – accompanied by the name of a famous collector (and inimitable comic) Steve Martin is...» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

Art and the Election

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.05.19

The arts haven't exactly been at the centre of debates during the current election campaign. Let's face it, the arts haven't turned the electoral tide since 1993 when Paul Keating discovered how enthusiastic cultural people were for his government, which...» Read More

Events: Event

DIGGING FOR HONEY ANTS AT PAPUNYA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.05.19

Unusual for Aboriginal Art Directory – a link with something to listen to! Recently, John Kean – an early Papunya Tula Artists staffer, researcher and frequent writer about those pioneering days at Papunya in the 70s – was asked to...» Read More

Events: Event

TJUNGUNGUTJA TO ALICE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.03.19

A little bit of history via my writing in 2017 when the important exhibition of the Museum & Art Gallery of the NT's collection of the earliest Papunya boards opened in Darwin. Now Tjungungutja – From Having Come Together moves...» Read More

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Gagosian Effect

20.05.19 The Gagosian Effect
Gagosian Gallery, 976 Madison Avenue, New York
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GAGOSIAN OPENING TONIGHT

03.05.19 GAGOSIAN OPENING TONIGHT
Gagosian Gallery, 976 Madison Avenue, New York
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