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I want to conclude my trilogy of posts about the artists of Papunya Tula on a personal note, by paying homage to a man whose work has resided in my heart for almost the entire span of my interest and … Continue reading

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Tjukurrtjanu: Reconstructing Papunya History

I missed forty years by about forty days and forty nights: that’s how long before the opening of Tjukurrtjanu: origins of Western Desert art at the National Gallery of Victoria that I left Australia to return to the United States … Continue reading

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Papunya, Forty Years On

It has been forty years since senior men at Papunya joined forces with Geoffrey Bardon to begin marketing paintings in acrylic, based on traditional designs and iconography, to art collectors, locals, and tourists passing through Alice Springs.  Bardon’s sponsorship of … Continue reading

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There Is No Town Like Alice

Let’s backtrack a week or so to Alice Springs, although the memories seem tame now by comparison to the rush of Darwin’s events.  We arrived on the midday flight from Sydney, which gave us just enough time to drop our bags … Continue reading

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Vale Napanangka

This coming week a funeral will be held for the renowned Papunya Tula artist M. Napanangka, who passed away in Alice Springs earlier this month.  Her age, like that of many senior, bush-born people, is not known exactly, but she … Continue reading

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Politics of the Secret

Rumors that Vivien Johnson was writing a history of painting at Papunya have been reaching my ears for a long time now.  When the publication of Johnson’s Lives of the Papunya Tula Painters was announced in 2008 by IAD Press, I … Continue reading

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More American Horizons

I don’t often write about exhibitions that I haven’t seen in person. Even the best documentation in printed form or on a website can seriously under-represent the quality of work on display in a gallery. Tony Bond has just produced … Continue reading

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