masthead logo
email webmanager facebook | twitter | google+ | flickr | contacts | 


World of Dreamings
Traditional and modern art of Australia

An exhibition held at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg | 2 February - 9 April 2000

English | Selected works | Pусский | 0тобранные работы

CONTENTS

Warning/Copyright

Partners and sponsors

Preface

  • Dr Brian Kennedy, Director, National Gallery of Australia
Chapter 1
  • An introduction to Aboriginal art by Susan Jenkins and Carly Lane
Chapter 2A | B
  • The Aboriginal Memorial We have survived, by Djon Mundine
  • The Aboriginal Memorial 1987-88 A description
Chapter 3
  • John Mawurndjul The resonating land by Luke Taylor
Chapter 4
  • All the world The paintings of Nym Bandak by Kim Barber
Chapter 5
  • 'Who's that bugger who paints like me?' Rover Thomas by Wally Caruana
Chapter 6
  • The enigma of Emily Kngwarray by Jenny Green
Chapter 7
  • High art and religious intensity. A brief history of Wik sculpture by Peter Sutton
Chapter 8
  • Laced flour and tin boxes The art of Fiona Foley by Avril Quaill
Chapter 9
  • The memory theatre of Tracey Moffat by Gael Newton

Artists' biographies

Catalogue

Glossary

Further reading on Aboriginal art

Authors' biographies

Acknowledgments

 

Works in the exhibition

Ramingining artists
The Aboriginal Memorial 1987-88
wood, natural pigments; max height 327 cm
an installation of 200 painted hollow log coffins
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Commissioned and purchased with the assistance of National Gallery admission charges, 1987.
1987.2240.1-200

John Mawurndjul
Rainbow Serpent (with buffalo horns)1990
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark; 269 x 104.7 cm.
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1990.1386

Rainbow Serpent's Antilopine Kangaroo 1991
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark; 189 x 94 cm.
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1991.874

Ngalkunburriyaymi or Yawkyawk 1991
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark; 166 x 82 cm.
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1991.873

Rainbow Serpent at Kurdjarnngal 1991
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark; 243 x 80 cm.
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1991.872

Birrlmu (barramundi) 1998
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark; 172 x 83 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1999.89

Mardayin 1999
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark; 137 x 70 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1999.91

Mardayin at Mumeka 1999
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark; 156 x 74 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1999.90
Mardayin at Kakodbebuldi 1998
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark; 156.5 x 72.5 cm
The Laverty Collection, Sydney

Mardayin at Mukkamukka 1998
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark; 153 x 80 cm
The Laverty Collection, Sydney

Crow Dreaming from Kurrurldul 1997
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark; 154 x 81 cm
The Laverty Collection, Sydney

Nym Bandak
Map of Murrinhpatha countryside, 1 1959
natural pigments on composition board; 121.8 x 184.2 cm
Private collection

All the world 1958-59
natural pigments and watercolour on composition board; 92 x 157.4 cm
Gift of Patricia Stanner, in memory of W.E.H. Stanner, to the Australian National University, 1998.
On loan with the permission of the Master of University House.

Ku Wandatji, the Rock Python 1959
natural pigments on composition board; 113.5 x 94.5 cm
Private collection

Kardu Timandji 1959
natural pigments on composition board; 157.7 x 91.6 cm
Private collection

Between Wadeye and Memarl creeks 1959
natural pigments on composition board; 144.6 x 91.5 cm
Private collection

Map of Murrinhpatha countryside, 2 1959
natural pigments on composition board; 181 x 120.9 cm
Private collection

Rover Thomas

Lake Argyle 1986
natural pigments on canvas; 90 x 180 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1987.1033

Banana Springs 1986
natural pigments on canvas; 90 x 180 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1987.1034

Roads meeting 1987
natural pigments on canvas; 90 x 180 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1988.1539

Barramundi Dreaming 1989
natural pigments on canvas; 90 x 199.7 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1990.1065

One hid under the bullock's hide 1991
from the Texas Downs killings series
natural pigments on canvas; 90 x 180 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1991.741

Camp at Mistake Creek 1990
from the Texas Downs killings series
natural pigments on canvas; 120 x 150 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1990.1727

One bullet 1990
from the Texas Downs killings series
natural pigments on canvas; 90 x 180 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1990.1729

Cyclone Tracy 1991
natural pigments on canvas; 183 x 168 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1991.826
Night sky 1995
natural pigments on canvas; 200 x 161 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1996.2

 Emily Kam Kngwarray

Ntange Dreaming 1989
synthetic polymer paint on canvas; 135 x 122 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1989.1928

Wild Orange Dreaming 1989
synthetic polymer paint on linen; 120 x 89.7 cm
The Holmes à Court Collection, Heytesbury

No title 1991
synthetic polymer paint on canvas; 250 x 150 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1991.1308

The Alhalkere suite 1993
synthetic polymer paint on canvas; 22 panels, each 90 x 120 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1993.1903.A-V

Untitled (Awely) 1994
synthetic polymer paint on paper on canvas; 3 panels, each 110 x 70 cm
Collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales

Untitled (Body markings) I-IV 1994
synthetic polymer paint on canvas; 4 panels each 152 x 61 (irreg)
The Holmes à Court Collection, Heytesbury

Yam awely 1995
synthetic polymer paint on canvas; 150 x 491 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1995.985.
Gift of the Delmore Collection, Donald and Janet Holt, Delmore Downs via Alice Springs.

Wik artists

Arthur Pambegan Sr and Arthur Pambegan Jr
Flying Fox Story Place 1962
wood, natural pigments, fibre; 129 x 216 x 13 cm
Collection: National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Bonefish Story Place 1962
structure: wood, natural pigments, string; 140 x 216.5 x 9 cm
figure (by Arthur Pambegan Jr only): wood, natural pigments, nails, cockatoo feathers, bush string, bark; 72 x 56 x 23 cm
Collection: National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Artist unknown, Wik-Mungkan people
Story Place of the Dingo1962
wood, natural pigments, glass, nails, bone
Shark: 20 x 133 x 19 cm
Dog 1: 43 x 60 x 13 cm
Dog 2: 40 x 72 x 15 cm
Collection: National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Artist unknown, Wik-Ep people
Ngalpa Ngalpan 1962
wood, natural pigments, feathers, resin; 174 x 64 x 17 cm
Spear: length 190 cm
Collection: National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Fiona Foley

Annihilation of the Blacks 1986
wood, synthetic polymer paint, feathers, hair, rope; height 210 cm
Collection: National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Lost Badtjalas, severed hair 1991
wood, string, hair, cardboard and framed photographs; 337 x 428 cm, depth variable
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1991.821.A-K

Land deal 1995
flour, mixed media, found objects, text; dimensions variable
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1995.1012. A-JJ

Velvet waters - laced flour 1996
tin, honey, rock salt, hair, fish bone, oxide, white flour; dimensions variable
Collection: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

dulin / duling / dooling / dhulin 1998
oil and oxide on 4 unstretched canvases; height variable, width 500 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 1999.93.1-4

Tracey Moffatt

Something more 1989
a series of nine direct positive colour photographs; each 100.6 x 127 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia. 1989.1705.1-9

Up in the sky 1997
a series of 25 photogravure prints; each 62 x 76 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia. 1997.1761.1-25

Laudanum, 1998
a series of 19 photogravure prints on rag paper; each 76 x 57 cm
Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Videos and films

Nice coloured girls 1987
16 min film
Ronin Films, Canberra

Night cries - A rural tragedy 1990
17 min film
Ronin Films, Canberra

Bedevil 1993
90 min feature film
Ronin Films, Canberra

Heaven 1997
28 min video
Commission Dia Center for the Arts, New York
Ronin Films, Canberra