Each November, Papunya Tula Artists hosts their annual in-house blockbuster exhibition in the Todd Mall gallery, and this year, while no exception, was truly exceptional. Not one, but three shows were mounted: a general selection of recent works from the cooperative’s artists; a benefit for the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjurtaku Aboriginal Corporation to assist in establishing a dialysis service in Kiwirrkura; and a solo exhibition of recent work by Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula.
My faithful friend and correspondent Glenn Manser was in Alice and sent along some lovely shots of the installation that I can share with you today. There are also PDF versions of the catalogs for the dialysis benefit works and Tjupurrula’s solo to be found on the Papunya Tula website. I’ll begin with the front gallery and a few of the recent works by the company.
In the second gallery, the dialysis project paintings included works by four major artists of long-standing accomplishments. This may be the final time that works by N. Napurrula grace the gallery’s walls, and there’s no getting around the sadness in that fact. Carrying on the tradition though is her son, Morris GIbson Tjapaltjarri, and another tjilpi, his friends and painting companion at Kintore, Hilary Tjapaltjarri. The fourth contributor to this part of the exhibition is Patrick Tjungurrayi, who will be able to return to Kiwirrkura if the company is successful in funding dialysis treatment in WA.
And in the back gallery, Tjupurrulaku: Paintings by Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula. This old man goes from strength to strength, his compositions still powerfully torqued, his colors more molten than ever.
If y ou look closely at these photographs, you’ll see a lot of red dots on the wall labels. But a few works from each category are still available, and are available for review from the Collectables section of the PTA website. Congratulations to the company on another great close to the year!