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Papunya Tula : art of the Western Desert / Geoffrey Bardon ; with diagrams by Judith Ryan. (1991)

Authors: Bardon, Geoffrey, 1940-2003.
Publisher:Ringwood, Victoria, Australia ; New York, N.Y., USA : McPhee Gribble,
  • There are 116 copies of this book in other libraries
  • and 98 copies of this specific edition.
Also Titled:
  • Art of the Western Desert.
  • Bardon, Geoffrey, 1940-2003.
Content Types:
  • text
Carrier Types:
  • volume
Physical Description:
  • xx, 140 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm.
  • xx, 140 p. : ill. (some col.), ports ; 29 cm.
  • 140 p. : ill.
  • Story of the Papunya Painting Movement, born in the Western District in Northern Australia.
  • "This book is about the exhilaration and the agony of the early days of the Papunya Painting Movement. It also provides an essential theoretical and technical framework for an adequate 'reading' of the art of the Western Desert. Twenty of the Papunya painters are represented and tell the stories of their work. Fifty color reproductions of their paintings are accompanied by diagrams drawn by Judith Ryan, Curator of Aboriginal Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, from sketches and notes made by Geoffrey Bardon and the artists at the time of their miraculous beginnings." - book jacket.
  • "The Papunya Painting Movement, born in the Western Desert in Northern Australia, is now one of the wonders of the modern art world - but its story is not well known. In 1971, when Geoffrey Bardon a young Sydney art teacher, was posted to the government settlement at Papunya, he found more than a thousand Aboriginal people living in a state of dislocation and degradation. Bardon was not the first European to show interest in the traditional sand mosaics of these dispossessed people at Papunya, nor the first to recognize them as evidence of a powerful, ancient culture. Anthropolgists had studied them over many years, but Geoffrey Bardon's empathy with the artists and his patient encouragement won the confidence of the tribal elders and brought forth revelations in a great surge of creativity hitherto unseen by Europeans."--BOOK JACKET.
  • Introduction
  • Papunya: 1971
  • The Painting Movement: 1971-72
  • The artists and their work
  • Theories of Papunya Tula art
  • Looking back
  • Epligue
  • Bibliography.
  • Introduction: The Dreamtime; Western Desert Dreaming; Art and the Dreaming
  • Papunya, 1971: The settlement; Working with the children; The school murals
  • The Painting Movement, 1971-72: The early days; The painting group; Finding an outlet; Friends; A Winter of bitterness and loss
  • The Artists and their Work: Old Walter Tjampitjinpa; Johnny Warrangkula Tjupurrula; Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra; Old Tutuma Tjapangati; Old Mick Tjakamarra; Bill Stockman Tjapaljarri; Johnny Lynch Tjapangati; David Corby Tjapaltjarri; Charlie Tarawa (Tjaruru) Tjungurrayi; Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi; Mick Namerari Tjapaltjarri; Charlie Egalie Tjapaltjarri; John Tjakamarra; Uta Uta Tjangala; Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi; Anatjari No. III Tjapangati; Tim Payungka Tjapangati; Kaapa Tjampitjinpa; Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri; Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri
  • Theories of Papunya Tula Art: Technique and symbology; Hapticity; The Fouth dimension; The Re-perception of the continent
  • Looking Back
  • Epilogue
  • More...
  • More...
  • Includes bibliographical references (page 140)
  • Errata slip inserted.
  • Bibliography: p. 140.
  • Copy 2 - donation from Tom Austen Brown collection
Other Form:
  • Online version Bardon, Geoff, 1940- Papunya Tula. Ringwood, Victoria, Australia ; New York, N.Y., USA : McPhee Gribble, 1991
  • English
  • 9780869141601
  • 0869141600
Dewey Number:
  • 750/​.89/​9915094291
  • 759.994
Libraries Australia ID:
  • 57496699
  • 57496699
  • 23686542
  • 23686542
  • 57793265
  • 57793265
  • 56505678
  • 56505678
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  • Libraries Australia

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