I’ve finally had a chance to sort through the photographs I took last weekend at the opening of Crossing Cultures and today present you with a walk through the six galleries that the show occupies. I’ve started with a few exterior shots that capture some of the on-street advertising for the show.
When you reach the top of the stairs to the exhibition halls you find yourself in a large open space that, apart from the paintings by Yuendumu artists Shorty Jangala and Maggie Watson, is devoted to the work of the artists of Papunya Tula. A small gallery located to the rear of this space carries on the desert theme. It holds work from Balgo, Bidyadanga, Ikuntji, and Utopia.
Back at the top of the main galleries, if you stand below the Crossing Cultures titles, four galleries open along a single axis. The two to the right contain, first, works from Queensland artists: sculptures from Aurukun, paintings from Lockhart River, and a small bleach painting by Clinton Nain. Beyond this space, another gallery is given over to works from Arnhem Land. There are bark paintings from Maningrida, Oenpelli, and Yirrkala that range in date from the early 60s and 70s (the earliest works in the show) to the present decade. Three larrakitj and five morning star poles, along with a complement of yawkyawk sculptures complete this gallery’s offerings.
The first gallery to the left is mostly dedicated to photography, with the addition of a set of watercolors by Tony Albert and drawings by Vernon Ah Kee. A small intermediary space contains a video screen showing selections from Hetti Perkins’ Art + Soul documentary and a dozen catalogs and monographs on Australian Aboriginal art. The final gallery is given over to works in ochre: paintings on paper and canvas from the Tiwi Islands, along with tutini and a large sculpture by Leon Purantatemeri. A group of canvases from the Kimberley art centres of Warmun and Jirrawun closes the tour.
I’ve arranged the slides generally to give you a sense of walking into each gallery and circling around from left to right. For the curious and/or the patient, I’ll append a list of the featured artists, by gallery, below the fold.
Gallery One (Yuendumu/Papunya Tula): Shorty Jangala, Maggie Watson, Naata Nunugrrayi, Ningura Napurrula, D. R. Nakamarra, Joseph Jurra, Lorna Brown, Walangkura Napanangka, Johnny Yungut, Patrick Tjungurrayi, Raymond Tjapaltjarri, Patrick Tjungurrayi, George Tjungurrayi, Danny Gibson, Yukultji Napangati, Makinti Napanangka, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa.
Gallery Two (Balgo, Bidyadanga, Ikuntji, Utopia): Lily Sandover, Elizabeth Nyumi, Boxer Milner, Alma Webou, Weaver Jack/Donald Moko, Susie Bootja Bootja, Narputta Nangala, Angelina Pwerle.
Gallery Three (Queensland): Aurukun sculptures by Jubliee Wolmby (shark), Gary Namponan (dingo), Craig Koomeeta (crocodile) A. Pambegan Jnr (bonefish) and Ron Yunkaporta (law poles); paintings by Samantha Hobson, Fiona Omeenyo, Rosella Namok, and Clinton Nain.
Gallery Four (Arnhem Land): Burundai, Dawidi, Wandjuk Marika, Narritjin Maymuru, Wolpa Wanambi, Mick Kubarkku, Dick Nguleingulei Murramurra (2), Peter Marralwanga, John Mawurndjul (2), Jimmy Njiminjuma, Abraham Mongkorrerre, Kay Lindjuwanga, Samuel Namundja, Ivan Namirrkki, James Iyuna, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Wanyubi Marika, Guny’bi Ganambarr, Djambawa Marawili, Waturr Gumana, Barrupu Yunupingu. Larrakitj by Djotarra, Wukun Wanambi, and Djambawa Marawili. Banumbirr by Gali Yalkarriwuy (2), Henry Nupurra, Trevor Gurruwiwi, and Richard Daymutha Gurruwiwi. Yawkyawk by Owen Yalandja.
Gallery Four (Urban): Ricky Maynard, Tony Albert, Vernon Ah Kee, Bindi Cole, Christian Thompson, Michael Riley, Darren Siwes, Destiny Deacon.
Gallery Five (Tiwi, Jirrawun, Warmun): Maryanne Mungatopi (3), Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Freda Warlapini, Pedro Wonaemiri, Timothy Cook, Paddy Bedford (2), Rusty Peters, Lena Nyadbi, Hector Jandany, Patrick Mung Mung. Sculptures by Leon Purutatameri, Clementine Puruntatameri, Theodore Tipiloura, and Gabriel Tungutalum.