Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s, a major retrospective at Singapore's National Gallery (14 June–15 September 2019), opens emphatically in flames. At the exhibition's entrance, viewers encounter a wall-sized image from 1964 titled Burning Canvases Floating on the River. The photograph captures a performance by Lee Seung-taek, in which...
When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...
Without punctuation, She Said Why Me, the title of May Fung's 1989 video presents itself as a statement, rather than a question. It suggests a subject who expects no response, a person prepared to make what she can from being chosen though perplexed by the attention. The video follows a blindfolded woman, then unmasked, through late colonial-era...
In many ways the intense attraction people have to the work of Nyapanyapa is a conundrum. She is a non-English speaking Australian who has spent less than adozen days in a city over the seventy-odd years of her life. Her universe isformed by the geometry of Gurrutu. This is a staggeringly massive, wholisticsystem of identity and connection which informs every thought and conversationin Yolngu philosophy but which is less well-known than the tenets of Islam orBuddhism amongst mainstream Australians. But her marks resonate widely withinand beyond Australia.
As a person, she never fails to make a connection. Very slight and stooped and quite deaf her beaming, generous smile and loving embrace to all comers immediatelydisarms. And perhaps it is the spontaneity and generosity and humility of thesemarks which beguiles us. It forgives us and invites us. Illusory statusand high mindedness are left behind and it's okay to just be. To revel in thesimplicity of our being. Our breath is our achievement. And it is enough. Notjust for ourselves but for our neighbour. After so many exhibitions with herclan sister Roslyn Oxley it is noticeable that each edition contains a subtleshift. The emphasis over the last year has been on stars and subtlycommemorates her status as a Yunupingu woman of the Gumatj clan and theYirritja moiety. These stars are the spirits of her seven sisters in theconstellation Djulpan, some departed and some just being.
Yunupingu has been included in numerous group exhibitions worldwide. They include Marking the Infinite, Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum Florida International University, Miami, Florida (2017), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona (2017) and Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane, New Orleans, USA (2016); Painting. More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Victoria (2016); The World is Not a Foreign Land, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Victoria (2014-2016), which toured to: ANU Drill Hall Gallery, ACT, Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD, Tweed River Art Gallery, NSW, Flinders University Art Gallery, SA, Latrobe Regional Gallery, VIC and Yirrkala Drawings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2014).
Nyapanyapa Yunupingu has also won several awards. Most recently she was awarded the Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2017) and the 34th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award – Bark Painting Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin (2017). In 2008, she won the 25th National Aboriginal Art Award and was also selected for the prize in 2007 and 2009.
Yunupingu's paintings are held in major public collections in Australia including National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; Charles Darwin University, Darwin and Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland.
This is Nyapanyapa Yunupingu's eighth solo exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
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