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Once upon a time in Papunya / Vivien Johnson
Bib ID 4810273
Format BookBook
Author
Johnson, Vivien
 
Description Sydney : New South, 2010 
vii, 343 p. [48] p. of plates. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9781742230078
Summary

"Astronomical auction results first drew the world's attention to the phenomenon of the early Papunya boards: the thousand small painted panels on scrap wood, linoleum and packing cases that emerged from the remote Northern Territory Aboriginal settlement of Papunya in 1971 to 1972. What led up to this explosion of creativity? Why did the paintings remain hidden for decades? Why were sacred symbols revealing secret men's business depicted? What roles did artistic revolutionary Kaapa Tjampitjinpa and school teacher Geoffrey Bardon play? In this compelling and personal book, Western Desert art expert Vivien Johnson traces the controversies that surround these extraordinary paintings at the time of their creation - and what they mean now to the artists' descendants."--Back cover.

Astronomical auction prices in the late 1990s first drew many peoples attention to the phenomenon of the early Papunya boards, the thousand small painted panels created at the remote Northern Territory Aboriginal settlement of Papunya in 1971-72.

Full contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. The School of Kaapa
  • 2. 'So Beautiful'
  • 3. The Pintupi Factor
  • 4. The Problem of Secrecy
  • 5. The Midas Touch
  • 6. The Object of Protection
  • 7. Give Those Men a Real Voice
  • 8. The Icons Precedent
  • Epilogue.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-329) and index.

Subjects Bardon, Geoff, 1940-2003.  |  Tjampitjinpa, Kaapa Mbitjana.  |  Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd.  |  Art, Aboriginal Australian -- Northern Territory -- Papunya.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Papunya -- Painting.  |  Painting, Aboriginal Australian -- Northern Territory -- Papunya.  |  Painting, Aboriginal Australian -- Northern Territory -- Western Desert.  |  Cultural property -- Australia.  |  Cultural policy -- Australia.  |  Indigenous peoples -- Legal status, laws, etc -- Australia.  |  Art, Australian -- 20th century.  |  Art and mythology.  |  Pintupi people (C10) (NT SF52-11)  |  Art - Economic aspects - Markets - Market places - Auctions.  |  Art - Sand and ground design.  |  Art - Painting.  |  Art - Artists.  |  Art - Art motifs.  |  Religion - Dreaming.  |  Art - Galleries.  |  Art - Artists - Attribution and authenticity.  |  Religion - Rites - Ceremonial objects - Tjuringa / Churinga.  |  Art - Exhibitions.  |  Australia -- Cultural policy.  |  Papunya (N.T.) -- In art.  |  Papunya (South Central NT SF52-16)  |  Ntaria / Hermannsburg (South Central NT SF53-13)

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