Tag Archives: National Museum of Australia

The Grace of God

“How to paint the grace of God?” That is the surprising question with which Wally Caruana opens the essays that introduce this extraordinary compilation of Old Masters: Australia’s greatest bark artists (National Museum of Australia, 2013). A few years back, … Continue reading

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There’s an App for That

I bought my iPad about two and a half years ago, not long before my last trip to Australia.  It was the perfect solution to hauling half a dozen cheap paperbacks across the globe and discarding them in a series … Continue reading

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Riches of the Canning Stock Route

The depth, the wealth, the variety of the material contained in Ngurra Kuju Walyja / One Country One People: stories from the Canning Stock Route (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) are such that I’m almost at a loss to begin describing it all.  A … Continue reading

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Yalangbara: Art of the Djang’kawu

The National Museum of Australia has been achieving remarkable successes with one extraordinary exhibition of Indigenous art and history after another; and I say “art and history” deliberately, for these shows, Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert, Yiwarra Kuju: the … Continue reading

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Along the Canning Stock Route

If you are an aficionado of desert art from the Kimberley region, and especially if you read the stories associated with paintings out of art centres like Mangkaja Arts and Warlayirti Artists, you probably already have a glancing familiarity with … Continue reading

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My Emily Problem

Emily Kame Kngwarreye has (almost) always been with me on my journeys into Aboriginal art. In 1990, the year I first traveled to Australia and bought my first painting, Emily had her first solo exhibition, at Chris Hodges’ aptly named … Continue reading

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Basedow’s Photographs

About six months ago the National Museum of Australia opened an exhibition entitled A Different Time: the expedition photographs of Herbert Basedow 1903-1928, which was enthusiastically reviewed by Nicolas Rothwell in The Australian (“An observer and preserver,” August 7, 2008). I was intrigued, … Continue reading

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Papunya Painting

Our first goal upon arriving in Sydney was to visit the Australian Museum and see the Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert exhibition that is on show here now from the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. I had written an extensive piece based … Continue reading

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