Movement at the Station

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.09.20

It all seems to be happening in the fraught matter of building one or more Indigenous cultural institutions for Australia and the world to gain greater context and appreciation of the complexity of our First Nations cultures. Not all of it is good! For instance, the newly re-elected Chief Minister of the NT swore on ABC radio when discussing the unhappy matter of the three year delay in establish a National Aboriginal Art Gallery (not a cultural institution) in Alice Springs. “I'm sick of fucking around", were his precise words. Then, out of the blue, the WA government threw $2m. into the pot for what Treasurer Ben Wyatt called a “great cultural missing link in Australia" to commence the planning of an Aboriginal Cultural Centre. He obviously hasn't heard about developments in Adelaide where Premier Stephen Marshall has (optimistically) determined that SA's Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre will open in 2023 on the edge of the CBD after a good 12 months of quiet diplomacy involving the State's Aboriginal groups and the publication of a business case. Marshall has also announced the search for a First Nations leader to bring about “the delivery of a world-class cultural facility” that would “respect, acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal stories through truth-telling of the old in new unique ways”. Oddly, the only fly in the AACC's extremely positive ointment would seem to be the man who is, perhaps disappointed by the failure of his involvement in both Adelaide and Alice projects. Michael Lynch – pre-eminent arts administrator with leadership roles in Australia, the UK and Hong Kong - was on advisory committees for both the Alice gallery and a contemporary art gallery that the previous ALP government and the still-disgruntled SA Art Gallery wanted for Adelaide. Now, somewhat belatedly, he's complaining. “The election was» Read More

 

Archie Has First Aboriginal Winner

Archie Has First Aboriginal Winner

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.09.20

Well, I was pretty right about the Wynne Prize - giving Hubert Pareroultja the guernsey for his brilliantly-coloured, outsize Hermannsburg work in acrylics, as his illustrious forebear Albert Namatjira would never have attempted. But I was dead wrong about the...» Read More

 

Why not the Wynne?

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

 

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

 

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Industry Corner: Industry

Movement at the Station

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.09.20

It all seems to be happening in the fraught matter of building one or more Indigenous cultural institutions for Australia and the world to gain greater context and appreciation of the complexity of our First Nations cultures. Not all of...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

Archie Has First Aboriginal Winner

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.09.20

Well, I was pretty right about the Wynne Prize - giving Hubert Pareroultja the guernsey for his brilliantly-coloured, outsize Hermannsburg work in acrylics, as his illustrious forebear Albert Namatjira would never have attempted. But I was dead wrong about 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