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WHITLAM MALIGNED BY FAIRFAX

WHITLAM MALIGNED BY FAIRFAX

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-10-24 17:42:47

A great wrong has been done to both history and Gough Whitlam's memory by the Fairfax press. Their splendid supplement on Wednesday to commemorate the passing of that great mover and shaker of a slothful Australia contained a section on...» Read More

 

BARKS 'R US

BARKS 'R US

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-12-22 19:50:44

With Aboriginal bark paintings there's the constant dilemma – how important is the aesthetic appeal of the work, and how important the story – and the status of the man telling it? The issue arises because there have been old barks...» Read More

 

Transformations: early bark paintings from Arnhem Land

Transformations: early bark paintings from Arnhem Land

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-10-09 16:42:55

Early works that embody a significant transition in Indigenous art practice will be on display in Transformations: early bark paintings from Arnhem Land, at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. The paintings, many of which have never been previously exhibited, are...» Read More

 

Yalangabara and the Marikas

Yalangabara and the Marikas

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-03-01 13:28:55

Just as Mankind emerged from the sea in evolutionary history, Aboriginal life in Arhemland advanced mythologically out of the Gulf of Carpentaria at Yalangabara to become the many clans of the Dhuwa moiety. But, while the rest of us took...» Read More

 

ONCE UPON A TIME IN PAPUNYA

ONCE UPON A TIME IN PAPUNYA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-11-11 14:22:20

How to tackle this intimately informed, radically revisionist but ultimately frustrating tale of the art movement that did more than anything to change Australia's views about its indigenous people and bring their culture closer to the cities of the south? For...» Read More

 

Museum Victoria: 2010 Lecture Series, Indigenous Cultures Department

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-03-21 15:16:03

When: 1pm – 2pm, last Tuesday of every month, February to November, 2010 Where: The Discovery Centre, Lower Ground Floor, Melbourne Museum The Indigenous Cultures Department of Museum Victoria is launching a monthly lecture series in February 2010 entitled Culture and History....» Read More

 

The most eye-opening show of Aboriginal art ever

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-08-04 06:02:30

Here goes: This is finest show of Aboriginal art I have ever seen. It is neither the biggest (only 20 barks, and some objects), nor the most varied (it is narrow in range), but the works are unique in historical and...» Read More

 

THOMSON TIME COMES TO MELBOURNE

THOMSON TIME COMES TO MELBOURNE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-06-22 13:27:49

Thomson Time was discovered Down South when the film, Ten Canoes revealed that in parts of Arnhemland, the period when anthropologist Donald Thomson photographed and recorded his encounters with Yolgnu people in the 1930s and 40s have come to be...» Read More

 

When beauty walked the world

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-06-09 00:47:32

Nicolas Rothwell writes about Ancestral Power and the Aesthetic: Ancestral Power and the Aesthetic breaks new ground by displaying 32 of the most majestic pieces in his collection, and making detailed use of Thomson's field notes to tease out the meaning...» Read More

 

The next mission

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-02-16 10:40:05

Inga Clendinnen writes in the Age about her book True Stories. Quoted from the article: Although I am Australian and a historian, I discovered the history of indigenous Australia only a decade ago. The stimulus was an invitation from the ABC to...» Read More