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THE PURPLE TRUCK OUT ON THE ROAD

THE PURPLE TRUCK OUT ON THE ROAD

 
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Untitled, 1990 Sotheby's

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Untitled, 1990 Sotheby's

Over the past few years, comedian Steve Martin, shown at the Gagosian Gallery this month in New York, has found inspiration in Aboriginal art. (Rick Wenner/For The Washington Post)

Over the past few years, comedian Steve Martin, shown at the Gagosian Gallery this month in New York, has found inspiration in Aboriginal art. (Rick Wenner/For The Washington Post)

LIVING A HAPPIER LIFE
08.07.19

ALICE SPRINGS — Purple House’s headquarters is the soul of the organisation. Covered in vibrant Indigenous art and featuring a fire pit cooking native food in the backyard, the House emanates warmth and laughter — reflecting its role as a place of healing. Central Australia has gone from having the worst to the best survival rates for dialysis in Australia, thanks to Purple House. The organisation is having a significant impact on the lives of remote Western Desert Aborigines with renal failure. read more

 

SOTHEBY’S TO HOLD FIRST MAJOR ABORIGINAL ART SALE IN THE US IN NOVEMBER
The Art Newspaper | Gabriela Angeleti | 05.23.19

The auction house cites increasing interest in Aboriginal art among US collectors and institutions. Sotheby’s will relocate its Aboriginal art sales from London to New York in November, becoming the first international auction house to offer Australian indigenous art outside Australia or Europe. The move comes amid increased global interest in this field of collecting, says Timothy Klingender, the auction house’s senior consultant for Australian art.Klingender said that Sotheby’s newly reimagined and expanded galleries in New York would allow it to exhibit Aboriginal art concurrently with its contemporary art sales, capitalising on an “ideal crossover market”. read more

 

ABORIGINAL ARTISTS FIND SURPRISING NEW CHAMPION: STEVE MARTIN
Washington Post | Sebastian Smee | 16.05.19

NEW YORK — You could start this story in Australia’s Gibson Desert in 1984. Or you could start it in Steve Martin’s Upper West Side apartment in 2015. It really doesn’t matter. The remarkable part is simply that these two times and places came together at all. But okay. Late summer 2015: Comedian Steve Martin, who has just celebrated his 70th birthday, is at home reading the fine arts section of the New York Times. Besides his careers in comedy, acting, writing and banjo-playing, Martin — it is well-known — is a serious art lover. In the apartment he shares with his wife, Anne Stringfield, there are paintings by Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and David Hockney, and an array of major American moderns, including Edward Hopper. But Martin is more than just a collector. read more

 
APY Lands artist receives prestigious landscape prize, makes history as fourth consecutive year an Indigenous person has claimed the honors.

APY Lands artist receives prestigious landscape prize, makes history as fourth consecutive year an Indigenous person has claimed the honors.

APY LANDS ARTISTS SYLVIA KEN AWARDED THE WYNNE PRIZE
SBS | 05.13.19

APY Lands artist Sylvia Ken has won the $50,000 Wynne Prize for her painting, Seven Sisters. Aunty Ken is from the Amata community in South Australia’s far north west and comes from a big family of artists and Traditional Owners. The painting depicts an ancient story about an ancestral being who takes the form of a man and curses seven sisters across the land and the sky. “I paint the story of my country," said Ms Ken, who has painted at the Tjala Arts centre for many years. “This story is important for me and for so many women across the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjattjara Lands.’’ READ MORE