Tommy Watson in Sydney

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.10.18

Sydney is at last getting a serious show of the art of the late Tommy Yannima Watson – the Pitjantjatjara artist who died in 2017 aged about 82. Is it at the Art Gallery of NSW or the MCA? Sadly, no! It's at the commercial Kate Owen Gallery in Rozelle – a continuation of the black-balling of his career by major institutions and art centres since 2005 when he made a decision to leave the art centre system and opt for private dealers. He's been barely sighted in Sydney since 2013. The old man produced scores of glorious paintings reflecting an extraordinary ability to abstract his deep understanding of Pitjantjatjara law and legend, but was cruelly abused by many in the industry for the choices he made in his relationships with white art dealers. The consequence of that abuse is that many of the artist's greatest works painted after 2005 – which, in 2007, made him the highest-paid living Aboriginal artist - are not seen in our institutions or even accepted by some auction houses for resale. Watson's early life was typical of desert men – a nomadic life in the Gibson Desert and minimal contact with white society until the missionaries at Ernabella, later Warburton, then the pastoralists at Mt Ebenezer Station brought him in to labour for rations. It's said he helped to build the fence posts on Uluru to assist climbers. He also experienced the confusions of Papunya – officially a settlement of assimilation, but in fact housing a rebellion against that policy through art; though Watson, as a Pitjantjatjara man, was then unwilling to unveil the inner meanings of his culture. It was only in 'retirement' from 2003 in Irrunytju – or Wingellina, a tiny township just over the WA border – that he accepted the» Read More

 

The Aboriginal Memorial – A Smouldering Reproach

The Aboriginal Memorial – A Smouldering Reproach

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.10.18

The 30th anniversary of the 1988 creation of The Aboriginal Memorial of 200 dupun/hollow log bone coffins by 43 artists from Ramingining is being celebrated this weekend with a lecture, conversations, a film and a symposium at the National Gallery...» Read More

 

Closing the Craft Circle

Closing the Craft Circle

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.10.18

Sturt Gallery and Ernabella Arts present In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka, an exhibition of new paintings, ceramics, tjanpi weavings and punu from the artists of Ernabella, celebrating 70 years of Ernabella Arts – the first of our now many community arts centres....» Read More

 

Quilliam's Blood, Bone, Ascension

Quilliam's Blood, Bone, Ascension

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 03.10.18

The work of award-winning photographer, Wayne Quilliam, is currently on show at The Mining Exchange in Ballarat. Quilliam, whose photographs are featured in the Aboriginal Art Directory's social media, is now presenting a more stylised output, describing it himself as,...» Read More

 

Greg Weight: More Stories

Greg Weight: More Stories

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.09.18

Our original piece on Greg Weight Stories behind the Images was published on 4 September 2018. In September 2016, Michael Nelson Jagamara's 1984 work, Five Stories set a Sotheby's auction record for an Aboriginal artist (reported here by his...» Read More

 

OCEANS APART

OCEANS APART

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.09.18

He's young and he's earnest, he's British and he's white, and he's telling the Brits all about Aboriginal art. Anything wrong with that? Well, in Australia, it couldn't happen. Because, increasingly, only Aboriginal people are allowed to take on that...» Read More

 

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY  2018

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2018

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.09.18

I'm not sure they really get it! 'Australiasia's Premier International Art Fair', Sydney Contemporary, opened today with expectations of exceeding last year's c$16m. turnover before it closes on Sunday. Yet neither the Director in his opening remarks nor the 'Art...» Read More

 

Alice Springs Gallery Project – Mixed Views

Alice Springs Gallery Project – Mixed Views

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.09.18

The findings of a three-month consultation program by the NT Government with the local Alice Springs community have been released with 88 per cent of the Alice Springs community consulted saying they want the project to progress and were either...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Exhibition

Tommy Watson in Sydney

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.10.18

Sydney is at last getting a serious show of the art of the late Tommy Yannima Watson – the Pitjantjatjara artist who died in 2017 aged about 82. Is it at the Art Gallery of NSW or the MCA? Sadly,...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

The Aboriginal Memorial – A Smouldering Reproach

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.10.18

The 30th anniversary of the 1988 creation of The Aboriginal Memorial of 200 dupun/hollow log bone coffins by 43 artists from Ramingining is being celebrated this weekend with a lecture, conversations, a film and a symposium at the National Gallery...» Read More

Events: Event

The Aboriginal Memorial – A Smouldering Reproach

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.10.18

The 30th anniversary of the 1988 creation of The Aboriginal Memorial of 200 dupun/hollow log bone coffins by 43 artists from Ramingining is being celebrated this weekend with a lecture, conversations, a film and a symposium at the National Gallery...» Read More

Events: Event

Whispering Still

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.08.18

Twenty years ago, almost single-handedly kicking off the History Wars, Henry Reynolds published 'This Whispering in Our Hearts'. For him it was the culmination of researches stimulated in 1971 by his first job teaching history at the Townsville University College...» Read More

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Closing the Craft Circle

03.10.18 Closing the Craft Circle
Australian Design Centre, 101 William Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney
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Quilliam's Blood, Bone, Ascension

03.10.18 Quilliam's Blood, Bone, Ascension
The Mining Exchange, 12 Lydiard Street North Ballarat Central, VIC, 3350
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