The Ancient Made New
Since the 1980s the National Gallery of Victoria has pursued a collecting policy focused on contemporary Indigenous Australian art. This year, to mark the museum’s 150th anniversary, a further 173 works have been gifted by the Felton Bequest
Judith Ryan, Friday, 1st July 2011
1 / Patrick McCaughey, The Bright Shapes and True Names: A Memoir, Melbourne, 2003, p. 227.
2 / Nick Waterlow, ‘The contemporary and Australian Aboriginal art’, in Beyond Sacred: Recent Painting from Australia’s Remote Aboriginal Communities in the Collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, Prahran, Victoria, 2008, p. 29.
3 / McCaughey, op. cit., p. 226.
4 / Joan Kerr, ‘Papunya Tula: a great contemporary art movement’, Art Asia Pacific, vol. XXXI (2001), p. 33.
5 / Geoffrey Bardon, ‘The gift that time gave: Papunya early and late, 1971–72 and 1980’ in Judith Ryan, Mythscapes: Aboriginal Art of the Desert, exh. cat., National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1989, p. 16.
6 / Emma Barker (ed.), Contemporary Cultures of Display, New Haven, 1999, p. 44.
7 / These two works are part of the triumphant Felton Bequest gift of 107 Far Western Desert paintings for the 150th anniversary; see Judith Ryan, Living Water: Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2011.
8 / Elizabeth Grosz, ‘Living art and the art of life: women’s painting from the Western Desert’, in Charlotte Day and Sarah Tutton, Before and After Science: 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2010, pp. 21–24.
9 / Davis Wade, The Wayfinders, The University of Western Australian, Perth, 2010, pp. 156–57.
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