Why not the Wynne?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.09.20

“The global debates about race and ethnicity are reflected in the prominence given to Indigenous artists in this year's prize”, was the reflection of Sydney Morning Herald critic John McDonald after the launch of this year's Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW. Do you think he could be suggesting that the racial origins of artists (or their subjects) could be a determining factor in the selection of finalists by the Gallery's august trustees? Surely not! But certainly, the clearest piece of First Nations selectivity this year is that the first-ever Indigenous artist has won the first cab off the Archibald rank – the notorious Packers' Prize. It's chosen by the guys who receive, unwrap and man-handle the 2565 entries for all three categories – an all-time record – though it's always put a mocker on any hope of the artwork going on to win the main prize later! So Wongutha/Yamatji actor, playwright and (in his spare COVID-time) artist, Meyne Wyatt's self-portrait wearing the look of disdain that we got to know when he delivered a marvellously acid speech from his play, 'City of Gold' on the ABC's 'Q&A' TV program, is theoretically doomed. But, in a year in which seven of the 55 Archie finalists are Indigenous, why not buck the trend? Of course, Aboriginal Art Directory invariably takes the Wynne landscape prize much more seriously than the trendy Archie, simply because landscape is such a vital aspect of any First Nations artist's range of subjects – it's Country after all. And here, 15 of the 34 finalists are Indigenous – almost half. Of course, at least one of them will win something – for the recently established Roberts Family Prize is restricted to ATSI artists. So, what stands out? Well, you can't miss Hubert» Read More

 

SUNSHINE SUPERGIRL

SUNSHINE SUPERGIRL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.09.20

Just about everyone knows Evonne Goolagong Cawley AC, MBE is the greatest Aboriginal tennis player that Australia has ever produced. But how many know she's Wiradjuri? Mind you, it's even possible that this specific identification didn't matter that much to...» Read More

 

LONG JACK PHILLIPUS 1932-2020

LONG JACK PHILLIPUS 1932-2020

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.09.20

Kumantjayi Long Tjakamarra, the last of the founding painters at Papunya, has died. An era has come to an end. The 88-year-old Warlpiri man, who lived on independently in Papunya after his Pintupi painting colleagues left for their Countries further...» Read More

 

Consulting the Industry

Consulting the Industry

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.09.20

The Ministers for the Arts and Indigenous Australians this morning jointly announced that they will develop an Indigenous VisuaI Art Action Plan to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and their cultural and economic interests. Yet more consultation, you...» Read More

 

Goodies from Canberra

Goodies from Canberra

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.08.20

Just three years from its last iteration, the National Gallery of Australia has announced a new National Indigenous Art Triennial – its 4th – though it won't actually occur until the end of next year. As the others occurred in...» Read More

 

Aboriginal Art is “An Exceptional Art Form”

Aboriginal Art is “An Exceptional Art Form”

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.08.20

Many Australians are sharply divided as to whether they prefer more traditional genres of art like landscapes or more contemporary and abstract visual forms. And these divisions relate to differences in age, class and education. But Aboriginal art bucks this...» Read More

 

Tarnanthi 2020

Tarnanthi 2020

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.08.20

The Art Gallery of South Australia has announced that this year’s Tarnanthi Festival, its annual celebration of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, will highlight how the creativity of First Nations women artists forms a vital cultural link in...» Read More

 

Art Fairs Exit - and Entrance

Art Fairs Exit - and Entrance

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.08.20

The online art fairs are over for 2020. Still no sales figures from either Darwin (See Below) or Cairns though an examination of their websites suggests that sales at the lower price end were pretty good, but a $2000 barrier...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Exhibition

Why not the Wynne?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.09.20

“The global debates about race and ethnicity are reflected in the prominence given to Indigenous artists in this year's prize”, was the reflection of Sydney Morning Herald critic John McDonald after the launch of this year's Archibald, Wynne and Sulman...» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

LONG JACK PHILLIPUS 1932-2020

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.09.20

Kumantjayi Long Tjakamarra, the last of the founding painters at Papunya, has died. An era has come to an end. The 88-year-old Warlpiri man, who lived on independently in Papunya after his Pintupi painting colleagues left for their Countries further...» 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