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Old masters : Australia's great bark artists / contributing authors: Wally Caruana, Alisa Duff, Howard Morphy, Luke Taylor ; editors: Julie Simpkin, Justine Molony.

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ISBN 9781921953347
Author National Museum of Australia
Title Old masters : Australia's great bark artists / contributing authors: Wally Caruana, Alisa Duff, Howard Morphy, Luke Taylor ; editors: Julie Simpkin, Justine Molony.
Portion of title Australia's great bark artists.
Edition Second edition.
Publisher &/or associated date/s Canberra, ACT : National Museum of Australia Press, [2018]
Description 256 pages : colour illustrations, colour portraits, map ; 32 cm.
Note First published 2013.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Foreword / Wang Chunfa, Mathew Trinca -- Introduction / Wally Caruana -- Essays : The shapes of things in central Arnhem Land bark painting / Wally Caruana -- Expressiveness in western Arnhem Land bark painting / Luke Taylor -- Abstraction in Arnhem Land bark painting / Howard Morphy -- A curatorial reflection : Dancing lines -- a performative approach to Old Masters / Alisa Duff -- Identity -- Western Arnhem Land : Yirawala; School of Yirawala; Figures in the landscape; Dynamic figures; Nganmirra family -- Eastern Arnhem Land: Narritjin; Gumana and Yunupingu; Mutitjpuy; Marika Family; Mithinarri; Abstraction; Makassar -- Central Arnhem Land: Dawidi; Djan'kawu; Malangi; Milpurrurru; Portraits -- The old masters -- Index of artists to works -- Reading bark paintings -- Notes -- Map of Arnhem Land.
Summary Bark painting, as practised by Aboriginal artists of Arnhem Land for millennia, is one of the great traditions of world art. Yet it was only recognised as such late in the 20th century. Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists highlights the work of 45 master painters who have carried one of the oldest continuing traditions of art into the modern era. Old Masters features the paintings of Narritjin Maymuru, Yirawala, Mawalan Marika and David Malangi and their contemporaries. These men of high ritual standing were not only artists, but also ceremonial and clan leaders, philosophers, advocates for land rights and human rights, ambassadors and politicians, who recognised the power of art as the most eloquent means to build bridges between Aboriginal and European society. The book includes essays by renowned scholars of Aboriginal art, biographies and portraits of the artists, and 121 full-colour plates of the paintings, made between 1948 and 1985, from the National Museum of Australia’s rich and extensive collection.
Exhibitions note "Old Masters: Australia's Great Bark Artists, an exhibition at the National Museum of China, 2 July - 2 September 2018, is produced by the National Museum of Australia and based on the original presentation in Canberra, 6 December 2013 - 20 July 2014."--Colophon
Subjects Art, Australian -- Aboriginal Australian artists -- Exhibitions
Art, Australian -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Exhibitions
Painting, Aboriginal Australian Exhibitions.
Art, Australian -- Northern Territory -- Aboriginal artists -- Exhibitions
Art, Australian -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land -- Aboriginal artists -- Exhibitions
Artists, Aboriginal Australian -- Exhibitions
Art, Australian -- Aboriginal artists -- Exhibitions
Art, Aboriginal Australian -- Northern Territory -- Exhibitions
Bark painting -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land
Bark painting -- Australia -- Exhibitions
Artists, Aboriginal Australian
Bark painting -- Arnhem Land (N.T.)
Painting, Aboriginal Australian
Bark painting -- Australia -- Arnhem Land (N.T.) Exhibitions
Bark painting -- Australia, Northern -- Catalogs
Art, Aboriginal Australian -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- 21st century -- Exhibitions
Art, Aboriginal Australian -- Australia -- Arnhem Land (N.T.) Exhibitions
Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land
Other Authors &/or Associated Persons Caruana, Wally, 1952- (contributor)
Taylor, Luke (contributor)
Morphy, Howard (contributor)
Pickering, Michael (curator)
Duff, Alisa (curator)
Stolte, Gretchen Marie (curator)
Kaus, David (curator)
Greenslade, Andy (curator)
Fitzpatrick, Samuel (curator)
Simpkin, Julie (editor)
Molony, Justine (editor)
Other Corporate Bodies National Museum of Australia
China. Guo jia bo wu guan
Call number NMA 2018
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A00951755 NMA 2018
National Museum of Australia publications Chinese language edtion . *, Not for Loan .  
A00951802 NMA 2018
National Museum of Australia publications   . *, Not for Loan .  
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