Emily Kame Kngwarreye in Osaka

Emily Kame Kngwarreye in Osaka

Emu Woman, 1988/89, 92 x 61 cm, Courtesy The Holmes à Court Collection

Aboriginal Art Directory | 18.03.08

Author: John McDonald

From the very first time he laid eyes on the work of Emily Kame Kngwarreye (c.1910-96), in the 1998 retrospective at the Queensland Art Gallery, Akira Tatehata knew that it was something special. At that time, Tatehata was a curator at the National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan’s second-biggest city. His career path took him to the university, where he became a professor, then back to the Museum, as director. Reserved and scholarly, with dark-rimmed glasses and an unruly forelock that keeps tumbling over his forehead, Mr. Tatehata does not appear to be a passionate man. Yet from his first encounter with Emily’s work he conceived a burning desire to hold a show in Japan.

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye in Osaka

Big Yam, 1996, 4 panels each 270 x 159cm, National Gallery of Victoria

Emily Kame Kngwarreye in Osaka

Emily Kame Kngwarreye (Kam Kngwarray), Big Yam Dreaming 1995, synthetic, polymer paint on canvas, 291.1 x 801.8 cm, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne © Emily Kame Kngwarreye.


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Going to the Canberrra National Gallery to see Emily Kame Kngwarreye's work has been one of the most life-changing events of my life. Currently, I'm on an ACU clinical placement @ Maari Ma Aboriginal Health Centre in Broken Hill to broaden my experience in cross-cultural nursing. Kind Regards. Helmut

Posted by Helmut Gensen | September 3, 2009 5:03 PM

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