How to Collect Aboriginal Art — What Makes an Indigenous Artist Important

The importance of an indigenous artist can be related to both their cultural role and their creative output. Most of the determining factors that work in the contemporary and international art markets hold true for indigenous art as well.
  • Author: Adrian Newstead
  • Issue: 7

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Opening Saturday 25th August Joshua Bonson Skin - ABF Fundraising Auction

Cooee Art Gallery is delighted to present SKIN, the first solo show in Sydney for Darwin-based artist Joshua Bonson OPENING SATURDAY 25th AUGUST 2018, 2pm. The exhibition will be on view at Cooee Art Gallery Paddington until the 8th September 2018. Bonson shares stories of his Indigenous heritage through his work. SKIN is a celebration of his family's totem - The Saltwater Crocodile - and his personal view of the world.

Call for entries & Next in Series - How to Collect Aboriginal Art - Aesthetic Considerations

The Three C’s - Content, Composition, Condition In common with others the world over, Aboriginal artists develop their art practice from youth to old age and, as they do so, their medium and imagery passes through many developmental stages. Some achieve notoriety relatively early in their careers, while others do not achieve wide recognition until after their death, by which time their paintings may sell for far more than anything they were paid during their lifetime. In retrospect, we are able to look at an artist’s output (their oeuvre) and determine those periods and styles that have struck a stronger chord, were more successfully realised, and, as a consequence, hold greater affection in the collective imagination.

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Gala Dinner & Fundraising Art Auction 2018

Special Guest & Patron of the Foundation Djon Mundine OAM Tuesday 4 September 2018 6.00 - 10.00 PM Chatswood Golf Club

How to Collect Aboriginal Art — Aesthetic Considerations

In common with others the world over, Aboriginal artists develop their art practice from youth to old age and, as they do so, their medium and imagery passes through many developmental stages. Some achieve notoriety relatively early in their careers, while others do not achieve wide recognition until after their death, by which time their paintings may sell for far more than anything they were paid during their lifetime. In retrospect, we are able to look at an artist’s output (their oeuvre) and determine those periods and styles that have struck a stronger chord, were more successfully realised, and, as a consequence, hold greater affection in the collective imagination.
  • Author: Adrian Newstead
  • Issue: 8

Exhibition: My Country-Kudditji Kngwarreye & Next In Series: How To Collect

Have you been looking or something a little different to display on your walls at home? Whimsical Pandanus Mats from the Maningrida Arts & Culture and Batik wall hangings from Ernabella Arts Inc from our latest exhibition could be just the thing you are looking for. Contact the Cooee Art team to find out more information.

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Next in Series - How to Collect Aboriginal Art - & Calendar of Events

A collection is a curious thing. The best can be far greater than the sum of its individual parts. If it is put together with care, love, and scholarship, it can be enlightening and provide a genuine service to those that seek to understand the subject that it covers.

How to Collect Aboriginal Art — Starting a Collection

Starting a Collection

A collection is a curious thing. The best can be far greater than the sum of its individual parts. If it is put together with care, love, and scholarship, it can be enlightening and provide a genuine service to those that seek to understand the subject that it covers.

  • Author: Adrian Newstead
  • Issue: 6

Joshua Bonson | Skin

25th August to 8th September 2018
Opening : 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Paddington Cooee Art Gallery
Address: 326 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021

My Country - Kudditji Kngwarreye

25th July to 17th August 2018
Location: Paddington Cooee Art Gallery
Address: 326 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021

The Dealer is the Devil

An Insider's History of the Aboriginal Art Trade
by Adrian Newstead OAM
foreword Djon Mundine OAMpublisher Brandl & Schlesinger

Part road trip, part memoir, part history, part political commentary, The Dealer is the Devil is illuminatingly thought-provoking and provocative. It is an incredibly exciting and fast paced account of the fluctuating fortunes and exponential success of the Aboriginal art movement, with all of the elements one would expect of a complex drama, played out on a national and international stage.

"Every rock, every hill, every water, I know that place backwards and forwards, up and down, inside out. It`s my country and I got names for every place."

Queenie McKenzie at Black Fellas Creek, Old Texas, 1995
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