We are gearing up for DAAF, and are thrilled get our 2019 Art Centre introductions underway, with Papunya Tjupi Arts! @tjupiarts
Papunya Tjupi Arts is a 100% Aboriginal owned and directed community arts organisation based in Papunya, 250km NW of Alice Springs, the birthplace of the Western Desert dot-painting movement.
|April 20th 2019|
Ten acclaimed #IndigenousAustralian desert painters are about to be exhibited in a major gallery in #NewYorkCity and all but one of the artworks come from the personal collection of #Hollywood actor #SteveMartin .
The world's most influential art dealer, Larry Gagosian, will show the paintings in his #MadisonAvenue gallery and it could be a game-changer for the fragile Indigenous art sector.
Martin is a dedicated art collector. He's curated exhibitions and has been collecting #art by trailblazers like Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper and David Hockney for more than four decades.
Four years ago, he read a #NewYorkTimes article about an exhibition of #WesternDesert painter Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri's artworks on display in New York and by the end of that day he'd acquired one for his home.
"I'd truly never seen anything like it before. I still have it hanging in the house," Martin said in an exclusive interview with the ABC.
"I didn't realise it was part of a movement, a group, and then later I started seeing Indigenous pictures.
"People would tweet them and I got really interested in it and I just started searching and thought I really should wise up about this."
Martin's exploration of Indigenous art led him to acquire pictures by other Western Desert painters.
He experimented with a small exhibition of them for his friends earlier this year and from that private show came this exhibition at Gagosian, which will open next month. #news#thatsinthebowl
Source: ABC AU
Spent the last few days in the far West of Egypt. The White Desert, Black Desert (collectively the "western desert") makes up the far East of the Sahara, stretching all the way to Morocco across Africa. Breathtaking scenery and rock formations carved put by thousands of years of erosion from the sea (yeah, used to be an ocean) plus spent a night at a Bedouin camp sleeping under the stars. Once in a lifetime opportunity, and absolutely loved it. #egypt#westerndesert