As you walk through the front door of the Art Gallery of New South Wales today, paintings by Papunya Tula Artists greet you, hanging beside their peers from across Australia and the world. This is a far cry from 1988, when indigenous art was consigned to the basement and formed a very separate and minor part in the story of Australian art.
Utopia Art Sydney is celebrating its 25th year of representing Papunya Tula Artists with an exhibition that demonstrates the continuing strength of some of Australia’s leading painters today.
In the words of gallery director Christopher Hodges, rather than looking back, we are looking forward optimistically. Too often people view Aboriginal art as an historical artefact, but these artists have been painting in a contemporary context for forty years now, and these vital images we see today are as exciting as the works I first saw in 1988. Certainly some of the senior artists have passed on but new and exciting artists have continuously emerged under the supportive community values of the artists own company, Papunya Tula Artists.
Included in this group exhibition are paintings by George Tjungurrayi, Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula, Joseph Jurra Tjapaltjarri, Kawayi Nampijtinpa, Ningura Napurrula, Nyilyari Tjapangati, Patrick Tjungurrayi, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yinarupa Nangala, Yukultji Napangati and Yuyuya Nampitjinpa.
Exhibition opens Saturday 10th of August at 1pm and will conclude on the 31st of August.
‘Painting Now’, and exhibition of recent works by the men and women artists of Kintore and Kiwirrkura will open at Utopia Art Sydney on July 6th at 2 Danks st Waterloo, Sydney. PTA are very proud of our long standing partnership with UAS during which time numerous landmark exhibitions have been held. This current selection of paintings again highlights the consistently high standard of quality works being produced by the leading artists of PTA. The exhibition will run until July 27th.
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