Art Is Fashionable

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.08.20

The inaugural National Indigenous Fashion Awards were handed out last night in Darwin (ie online) courtesy of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (also online), which has been promoting this sub-branch of First Nations art for a few years now. And the key take Aboriginal Art Directory has is that almost all the prizes went to remote art-makers translating their imagination and skills into a different, more commercial field. 33 First Nations fashion creatives (as reported earlier) were nominated from across the country, and prizes were awarded in six categories: And the winners are; Peggy Griffiths, the matriarch of the Waringarri Art Centre in Kununurra, for the Cultural Adornment and Wearable Art Award Kieren Karritpul, the young Merrepen Art Centre artist and worker, for the Textile Design Award Maara Collective X Bula’bula Arts in Ramingining, for the Community Collaboration Award Bede Tungutaalum, 50-year veteran of Tiwi art and design, for the Special Recognition Award Julie Shaw again – for she's the designer behind Maara Collective - for the Fashion Design Award Ninti One, for the Environmental and Social Contribution Award Yuwaalaraay designer, Julie Shaw from Lightning Ridge, collaborated with three Yolngu master weavers from the Bula’bula Art Centre in Arnhemland - Mary Dhapalany, Evonne Munuyngu and Margaret Malibirr to develop wide-brimmed hats, bags and belts to enhance her Maara Collective designs. The word maara translates as 'hands' in both Yuwaalaraay and Gamilaraay language groups. The inimitable Mirawoong artist, Peggy Griffiths's 'Legacy Dress' is made up of 10 tiers of fabric, hand-block-printed by local textile artists, handpainted by herself, and some left plain. Designs include the jilinybeng, or bush cucumber, and boab nuts. Torres Strait designer, Grace Lillian Lee worked on the design with Griffiths. Bendigo Art Gallery has acquired the 'Legacy Dress', and it will appear in the upcoming exhibition, 'Piinpi:» Read More

 

The Salon, 2020

The Salon, 2020

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.08.20

For the first time in umpteen years, I haven't been in the balmy night in Darwin attending the opening of the Salon des Refuses - Aboriginal art's response to the 19th Century French Impressionists' rebellion against rejection by 'official' art...» Read More

 

MR R PETERS 1935-2020

MR R PETERS 1935-2020

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.08.20

The outstanding philosophical thinker of the Gija people in the East Kimberley, Rusty Peters has died in his 86th year. This long tall, thin and reticent man let his painting do the talking after he joined the Jirrawun group of...» Read More

 

EMILY v DOROTHY

EMILY v DOROTHY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.07.20

What a year for the women! Major exhibitions are currently on (with serious catalogues) for Mavis Ngallametta (QAG), Nyapanyapa Yunupingu (MAGNT) and Destiny Deacon (NGV); earlier this year Emily Kngwarreye had significant sales in Sydney and New York on the...» Read More

 

The Convict Valley – The Hunter

The Convict Valley – The Hunter

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.07.20

Commandant James Wallis emerged for me – though not perhaps for Mark Dunn,The Convict Valley's author – at the symbolic epicentre of this history. Have you ever heard of him – or of Wallis Plains, named in his honour, also...» Read More

 

Repatriated Art at Auction

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

 

Kaurna Shield Comes to Adelaide

Kaurna Shield Comes to Adelaide

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.07.20

The Federal Government has announced $100,000 to support the acquisition of a rare 19th century Murlapaka (also spelt Mulubakka) shield, attributed to the Kaurna people from the Adelaide Plains, by the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA). Minister for the...» Read More

 

Yiribana

Yiribana

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.07.20

"The Art Gallery of NSW has long been recognised for the excellence of its collection of classical bark paintings", noted the AGNSW's then Public Programs Curator, Terence Maloon in 1994; going on to say, "It is also regarded as a...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Event

Art Is Fashionable

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.08.20

The inaugural National Indigenous Fashion Awards were handed out last night in Darwin (ie online) courtesy of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (also online), which has been promoting this sub-branch of First Nations art for a few years now. And...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

The Salon, 2020

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.08.20

For the first time in umpteen years, I haven't been in the balmy night in Darwin attending the opening of the Salon des Refuses - Aboriginal art's response to the 19th Century French Impressionists' rebellion against rejection by 'official' art...» 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