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Streets of Papunya

Having thoroughly enjoyed Vivien Johnson’s previous book, Once Upon a Time in Papunya, her attempt to chronicle the rise of Papunya Tula Artists, I didn’t really think twice when Rosina Di Marzo of New South Books reached out to ask … 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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The Problem of Papunya

Russell Skelton’s King Brown Country: the betrayal of Papunya (Allen & Unwin, 2010) is an aggravating book.  The publisher’s announcement begins with the following statement: Award winning journalist Russell Skelton presents a devastating portrait of Papunya, a Western Desert community … Continue reading

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Papunya Town Planning

My thanks to Alec O’Halloran for pointing me to the answer to last week’s question about the topography of Papunya, where a ring road around the center of the settlement is surrounded by the semi-circular tracks of an Aboriginal iconographic design.In Janet … Continue reading

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Papunya Topography: Request for Information

If you search for Papunya using Google Earth, you’ll find* the following image of the town: In what must be the surest example of life imitating art, the landscape surrounding the settlement has been scored on four sides with semi-circles … Continue reading

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