New hang at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
The new hang in the Yiribana gallery at AGNSW celebrates the rich diversity of our indigenous artists across Australia. With more than 75 works on show, this dynamic collection gives visitors a clear chronological history of the development of contemporary Aboriginal art.
Works include bark paintings by Jack Morgan, Binyinuwuy and Dawidi Djulwarak collected by ethnographer and photographer, Dr Stuart Scougall from the 1960’s; the evocative desert landscapes by Rover Thomas painted in natural pigments and bush gum on plywood in the 1980’s; the narrative paintings of the 1990’s by Ian Abdulla who recalls childhood memories of the peripatetic life of the Ngarrindjeri people of the Riverland region of South Australia; 21st century barks by John Mawurndjul; the bright acrylic canvases by Helicopter Tjungurrayi depicting his traditional country to the south west of Balgo in the Great Sandy Desert; a 2007 acrylic painting of the Seven Sisters Creation Story , Minyma Tjuta Tjukurpa, by Wingu Tingima from Irrunytju, 1,700 east of Perth; a strong work using text to explore ccontroversial issues by Brisbane artist Vernon Ah Kee made in 2009; shell sculptures from La Perouse artist Esme Timbery created in 2010; and a work made this year by Ngupulya Pumani a senior Ptjantjatjara artist from Mimili in the Southern Desert Region.
In a special gallery adjacent to the main show is a beautiful exhibition of works on paper from Papunya Tula which includes works by Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Turkey Tolsen, Anatjari Tjakamarra and Eileen Napaltjarri.
This new hang opens on Thursday December 13 and promises to delight and inform all visitors to the gallery.
Catherine Hickson, Assistant Curator
Yiribana Gallery at the Art Gallery New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain
Opening December 13, 2012