VIVIEN ANDERSON GALLERY| Artist news - exhibitions and awards

May 2017

MAREE CLARKE COMMISSION AT MONASH UNIVERSITY

Maree Clarke's latest commission On the Banks of the Murray was unveiled at the redeveloped Sir Louis Matheson Library at Monash University's Clayton Campus yesterday. These extraordinary lenticular prints explore the notion of Place revealed through connection to country and her family's personal history.

On the banks of the Murray is a permanent fixture in the building, alongside Maree's Kangaroo Teeth Necklace, and artworks by gallery artists James Tylor and Vicki West which have also been acquired for the Monash University Collection. 

Maree Clarke in front of On the banks of the Murray at the reopening of the Matheson Library at Monash University

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MAREE CLARKE AND VICKI WEST IN DEFYING EMPIRE: 3RD NATIONAL INDIGENOUS ART TRIENNIAL

Maree Clarke and Vicki West are each presenting major new bodys of work in Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Trienniat at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. 

Bringing together the works of 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, this groundbreaking exhibition commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Referendum, and highlights the continued excellence and diversity of Indigenous practice today. 

Defying Empire opens at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra from 26 May - 10 September. 

For further details please click here. 

Vicki West, In My Name, dodder vine installation

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JAMES TYLOR - RAMSAY ART PRIZE FINALIST

James Tylor has been selected  as a finalist in the Ramsay Art Prize. 

The Ramsay Art Prize changes the way we view and value the work of artists under the age of 40 in the canon of contemporary art. Held every two years, the $100,000 acquisitive prize is supported by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, and will be awarded to one of the 21 finalists at the Art Gallery of South Australia on Friday 26 May. 

Ramsay Art Prize is at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 27 May - 27 August. 

For further information click here.

James Tylor, Karrawirra Yerta 2016, daguerreotypes, timber (Eucalyptus camaldulensis), burnt sheep bones, quartz, charcoal, red ochre, stone knife and gold paint

 


VIVIEN ANDERSON GALLERY| Vale Mary Macha

May 2017

We salute the esteemed perspicacious, tenacious Mary Macha for her perceptive recognition of the talented artists she worked with, famously Rover Thomas, Paddy Jaminji and Alec Mingelmanganu.

We are so grateful that Mary patiently told and retold her story of meeting Rover Thomas and his peers to many of us working in indigenous art in the late 1980s and since. Her record keeping reflected her own precise standards and her memory for paintings that passed through her hands was sharp, often annotated with humorous tales about the artists, particularly Rover Thomas whose roguish charm clearly warmed her heart.

For those fortunate to visit her, she was always gracious. She had many varied interests apart from art and artists. 

It is not surprising that Mary lived such a long life and on her own terms, she always did things her own way.


Image: 
Rover Thomas
Tributaries of the Ord River 1991
earth pigment on canvas
90.5 x 180 cm
Provenance: Mary Macha, Perth WA
Private Collection, UK


 


VIVIEN ANDERSON GALLERY| Special event - Wednesday 17 May 6pm - 8pm

May 2017

Let's have a Warm Welcome for Nyaparu (William) Gardiner

On Wednesday 17 May, we welcome you to join us to celebrate Nyaparu (William) Gardiner's first solo exhibition in Melbourne: OUTSIDE MEN

In Outside Men, William Gardiner’s painting is a conscious act of remembering and recording these old people and their experiences, their struggles to assert their independence and survive the consequences of the Pilbara Strikes from 1946 – 48, when a loose grouping of Pilbara Western Desert Aboriginal people led to over 850 unpaid Aboriginal pastoral workers walking off 25 properties, demanding a weekly wage. They were people who took part in some of the most momentous events of post-war Aboriginal history.

In true stockman tradition William is fond of a song and strumming his guitar, so conjure up that camp fire and join us. 

JOIN US TO MEET THE ARTIST: WEDNESDAY 17 MAY FROM 6PM - 8PM

Nyaparu (William) Gardiner will travel from Port Hedland, WA with his daughter Sheila and Spinifex Hills Studio manager Greg Taylor to attend this special event. 

Images: Resting Man 2016, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 71 x 45.5 cm; Kalyeeda Station 2015, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 76 x 76 cm; Showing the Drovers (II) 2017, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 91.5 x 61 cm

 


VIVIEN ANDERSON GALLERY| Autumn news

April 2017

 

LAST DAYS

JAMES TYLOR - UN-RESETTLING

This extraordinary installation of photographs and objects exploring and re-learning traditional culture must close this Saturday 29 April.

Vivien Anderson Gallery is open today and Friday 11am - 5pm and Saturday 12pm - 4pm.

Image: James Tylor's solo exhibition Un-resettling installed at Vivien Anderson Gallery


SAVE THE DATE - WEDNESDAY 17 MAY

NYAPURU (WILLIAM) GARDINER - OUTSIDE MEN 

“My name is William Gardiner, and this is my life story that I’m telling you”
Artist, linguist and storyteller Nyapuru (William) Gardiner paints scenes from his childhood in the 1940s before the Pilbara Aboriginal strike of 1946, and his work on pastoral stations throughout the Pilbara and the Kimberley.

JOIN US TO MEET THE ARTIST AND CELEBRATE THE EXHIBITION
6PM - 8PM WEDNESDAY 17 MAY 2017

Nyapuru (William) Gardiner will attend with his daughter Sheila and Spinifex Hill Studios Manager Greg Taylor

Image: Resting Man 2016, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 71 x 45.5 cm


ARTIST NEWS - ART AWARDS

Congratulations to JAMES TYLOR, finalist in the 2017 RAMSAY ART PRIZE. The $100,000 acquisitive art prize for artists under 40 will be awarded to one of 21 finalists, and will be announced at the Art Gallery of South Australia in late May. 

We also congratulate gallery artists KENT MORRIS, DIRRIRRA WUNUNGMURRA of Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, NADA RAWLINS from Mangkaja Artists, NYARAPAYI GILES of Tjarlirli Art, and WATARRU WOMEN from Tjungu Palya for their selection as finalists in the 34th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. The $50,000 non acquisitive award will be announced at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin on Friday 11 August 2017.  

Image: Kent Morris, Cultural Reflections - Always on Country #7, archival print on rag paper, 100 x 140 cm, finalist in the 2016 Telstra Art Award


ARTIST NEWS - DEFYING EMPIRE

We are delighted to announce that gallery artists MAREE CLARKE and VICKI WEST have been selected in the 2017 National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Defying Empire opens on May 26 with a weekend of celebrations and curator and artist talks, including by Maree and Vicki. For further information contact the National Gallery of Australia: https://nga.gov.au/defyingempire/

Image: Maree Clarke, Kangaroo Teeth Necklace 2013, kangaroo teeth, kangaroo leather, kangaroo sinew and pigment, 130 x 8 cm, Monash University Collection, Purchased by the Monash University Library 2016  

 


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