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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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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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The Many Lives of Papunya Tula Artists

The first great reference work (perhaps even the first) on Aboriginal art to appear in print was Vivien Johnson’s Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert: a biographical dictionary(Craftsman House, 1994). Five years in the making, the book was Johnson’s attempt to … Continue reading

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Early Papunya Painting at the National Museum

The National Museum of Australia’s exhibition Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert brings to a close an extraordinary year of looking back at the history of contact between the people of the Western Desert, especially the Pintupi, and white Australia, with special … Continue reading

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