Putting the Cart Before the Horse?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.11.20

Excitement last weekend when 'The Australian' newspaper carried a quarter-page ad for a 'Senior Director, National Aboriginal Art Gallery'. Sadly, this call for a “visionary leader capable of delivering a $180 million arts and culture precinct” turns out to be for the Alice Springs art gallery that has no site yet, has no agreement with local Aboriginal Traditional Owners, and is a project of a Territory Government with mighty financial problems. An accompanying film brightly backgrounds the Gallery, includes artistic projections of how it might look, and insists that the Gallery “will be lead by Aboriginal experts”, fibbing only so slightly by claiming that the ANZAC Oval site “has the support of many Aboriginal custodians”. Just not the ones responsible for it! Will the 'Senior Director' on $254,729 a year be one of those Aboriginal experts, I ponder? And would a local Arrernte Aboriginal expert have surmounted the advert with the image of what looks suspiciously like a Yolngu man proudly blowing a yiddaki? Applications close December 6th. What's the rush, I wonder? It's all so different from comparable efforts over in Adelaide. There, an Ambassador for the currently-named Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre has been appointed – the Indigenous David Rathman – and a public servant, Di Dixon, is the project leader for the site called Lot 14. This turns out to be: a) available since the Royal Adelaide Hospital there was replaced; and, b) well accepted by local Kaurna people since, for more than 50,000 years the land was a place for camping and ceremony for them, situated strategically between the banks of Karrawirra Parri (River Torrens) and the waterholes of Kainka Wirra (Adelaide Botanic Garden). The areas around Lot 14 continued to provide refuge for the Kaurna and were a place to practice culture for many years» Read More

 

VICTORIA OPENS!

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

 

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

 

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Industry Corner: Event

Putting the Cart Before the Horse?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.11.20

Excitement last weekend when 'The Australian' newspaper carried a quarter-page ad for a 'Senior Director, National Aboriginal Art Gallery'. Sadly, this call for a “visionary leader capable of delivering a $180 million arts and culture precinct” turns out to be...» Read More

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

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