THE NATIONAL 2021

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.03.21

The third iteration of 'The National' “showcasing the varied and vital work being made by Australian artists” has opened across three venues in Sydney – Carriageworks, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of NSW. Whether there will be another after the three biennial shows now completed probably depends a bit on how well this one goes down – though it must benefit from its good fortune in avoiding last year and the resulting hunger of viewers for visual stimulation. I attended the press preview, of course, with a primary concern for the First Nations content and freely admit that I may have missed some of the potency of non-Indigenous contributions. But the big picture that emerged was a) some stand-out Indigenous work which, I note has already taken the headlines in ArtsHub's review; b) a preponderance of women artists – 31 to 15 men, with the MCA's female hierarchy leading the way; and c) artists with an Asian ancestry have a significant role – especially at the Art Gallery, with its specialist Asian curator, Matt Cox at the helm. But by far my most visceral response was to my discovery of the recent death of Mulkun Wirrpanda at c79. It's been hard to ignore this senior Yolŋu artist in recent years as she held fascinating exhibitions with the English-born John Wolseley in which the two elders examined Arnhemland's nature from their respective viewpoints with great courtesy and intriguing cross-overs. Her interest was in passing on her traditional knowledge of food resources – from both bush and beach – and she apparently insisted that she be fed only on these after a heart-attack earlier this year. Her last project with Wolseley, featuring in 'The National', revolved around the eusocial world of her local magnetic termite mounds in which» Read More

 

TRUTH-TELLING

TRUTH-TELLING

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.03.21

Henry Reynolds, offering a “big picture context” for the 'Uluru Statement from the Heart' in his latest book, is a fine historian. His intensive researches into the horrors of past colonial relationships with Australia's First Nations peoples have brought many...» Read More

 

All Revealed in Freo

All Revealed in Freo

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.03.21

Presenting the best new and emerging Aboriginal artists from remote, regional and metro Western Australia, 'Revealed 2021' will showcase artworks including paintings, installations, textiles, photography, print media, video, jewellery, carving and sculpture. Hosting over 100 emerging Aboriginal artists, the galleries...» Read More

 

Bla Mela Kantri

Bla Mela Kantri

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.03.21

OK – I wonder whether you can make sense of my Kriol title for this story??? For it's the title of an exhibition exploring different representations of landscapes around Ngukurr, the south Arnhemland township where many tribes met beside the...» Read More

 

Two Big Moves

Two Big Moves

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.03.21

Aboriginal Art Directory doesn't often touch on the commercial gallery scene – such a competitive and occasionally 'sensitive' area! But it's an essential part of the industry, however much some in the community art centre world would wish it away....» Read More

 

The Very Late Charlie Flannigan

The Very Late Charlie Flannigan

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.03.21

Drawings by a prisoner who became the first person to be executed at Darwin’s Fannie Bay Gaol are currently on show at the Northern Territory's Library in Parliament House, Darwin. 'A Little Bit of Justice: The Drawings of Charlie Flannigan' will...» Read More

 

PAPUNYA ART AT 50

PAPUNYA ART AT 50

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.03.21

Back in 1971, a revolution took place at the most unlikely place. The remote, government-built desert community of Papunya was full of Pintupi, Warlpiri, Luritja, Aranda and other tribespeople who were increasingly reluctant to meet the official deadline for assimilation....» Read More

 

ANTEDILUVIAN ROO

ANTEDILUVIAN ROO

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.03.21

A 17,300-year-old painting on the ceiling of a rock shelter in The Kimberley's Drysdale River National Park, painted by ancestors of the Balanggarra Native Title group, the Miwa-speaking people, has been identified in the magazine, Nature Human Behaviour as the...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Event

THE NATIONAL 2021

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.03.21

The third iteration of 'The National' “showcasing the varied and vital work being made by Australian artists” has opened across three venues in Sydney – Carriageworks, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of NSW. Whether there will...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

All Revealed in Freo

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.03.21

Presenting the best new and emerging Aboriginal artists from remote, regional and metro Western Australia, 'Revealed 2021' will showcase artworks including paintings, installations, textiles, photography, print media, video, jewellery, carving and sculpture. Hosting over 100 emerging Aboriginal artists, the galleries...» Read More

Events: Event

National Endowment for Indigenous Visual Arts

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.02.21

If that name sounds like an official institution set up by some government quango, it is possible that was the intention. In fact, it's the baby of the ever-dynamic Melbourne (and New York) dealer D'Lan Davidson. Though he was beaten...» 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

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

THE NATIONAL 2021

29.03.21 THE NATIONAL 2021
Carriageworks (closing June 20), MCA (closing August 22), AGNSW (closing 5 September)
» Find out More

Bla Mela Kantri

22.03.21 Bla Mela Kantri
Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre in Katherine, NT
» Find out More

Two Big Moves

19.03.21 Two Big Moves
17 Thurlow Street (off Burke) in Redfern
» Find out More