The Streets of Papunya, The Reinvention of Papunya Painting

The Streets of Papunya, The Reinvention of Papunya Painting

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Author: Vivien Johnson
Author: NewSouth Publishing
Author: Vivien Johnson
Author: 9781742232430
Language: English
Website: http://bit.ly/1jtlBOZ
Country: Australia

Capturing the fruits of author Vivien Johnson's heroic pursuit of the foundation history of Aboriginal art in Australia (and accompanied by an exhibition, touring nationally (except for the NT)), The Streets of Papunya, The Reinvention of Papunya Painting is a stunningly illustrated book with works from current and past Papunya painters, along with striking photographic portraits of the artists. It follows her magisterial work, Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists.

The Streets of Papunya, The Reinvention of Papunya is the story of the women painters of Papunya today - rising stars of a new art centre called Papunya Tjupi Arts. Among them are some of the first women in the desert to join the original Papunya art movement, who continue Papunya’s rich history as the birthplace of contemporary Indigenous art.

It reveals for the first time the whole history of Papunya as a site of art production, from Albert Namitjira's final works painted in Papunya before his death in 1959, the glory days of the 1970s and '80s, and the dark times when Papunya was known as the 'carpetbagging capital of the desert', through to its inspirational renaissance.

Vivien Johnson has been faithful to Papunya the community, even after the Pintupi artists moved out west to their homelands. And when the art died in their old home, she helped to establish the Papunya Tjupi Art Centre, allowing descendants of the Warangkulas, the Phillipuses, the Lungkatas and the Puntungkas - all of whom have streets named after them - to recover their painting mojo.

And it's a book which is getting great reviews - this one by Will Owen
https://aboriginalartandculture.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/streets-of-papunya/

Other titles by Vivien Johnson include Western Desert Artists: A Biographical Dictionary (1995), Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists (2008) and Once Upon a Time in Papunya (2010).

 

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