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Gamechanger

It’s been a decade now since Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and Bill Gregory presented Buwayak: Invisibility at the Annandale Galleries in Sydney, an exhibition that heralded an extraordinary new direction in painting from Yirrkala.  If you look at Yolngu painting from just a few … Continue reading

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Larrakirtj: Encyclopedia of the Yolngu

On our first trip to Australia in 1990, still largely ignorant of Aboriginal art (despite the trip being inspired in large part by the Dreamings exhibition seen at the Asia Society in New York CIty two years earlier), we hit … Continue reading

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Gurtha

Gurtha is fire. The fire is inextinguishable. One story tells how Baru, the ancestral crocodile man, was camped in a bark hut with his wife, the blue-tongued lizard.  She was cooking snails over the fire, but after an argument,  she … Continue reading

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The Art Awards, 2012

Well, from the farthest shores of America, I have to say I’m pretty stoked about this year’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. Let’s start with the prize winners.  The biggest and the best news for me is … Continue reading

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Aboriginal Art in America, Again (Summer 2012)

At the risk of repeating myself, this is an extraordinary year for Aboriginal Australian Art in America.  This week I’m not going to comment again on Ancestral Modern at the Seattle Art Museum (other than to plug it one more … Continue reading

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Thinking about Nyapanyapa

I’ve been thinking a lot about Nyapanyapa Yunupingu lately. My first encounter with her work was at the 25th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2008 when her Incident at Mutpi (1975) won the Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial … Continue reading

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Stars

If I were inventing epithets for Australia, in the manner of a vernacular Homer, I might call it “the star-strewn country.” There are the desert stories of the Minyma Tjuta, the seven sisters who fled across the continent from the … Continue reading

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