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Pivotal works in Aboriginal art

January 2011


Untitled by Aboriginal artist Judy Watson Napangardi
by Aboriginal artist Judy Watson Napangardi
acrylic on Belgian linen, 90cm x 150cm

After many calls and emails, we have introduced select Australian Aboriginal artworks to our website.

These works are by leading "blue-chip" Aboriginal artists or up and coming artists who we believe are producing significant and important artwork today that will be assessed in the future as pivotal works in Aboriginal art.

The first artist we are presenting is Judy Watson Napangardi. Judy is a senior elder (born c 1925) from the Yuendumu region in the Northern Territory. Her actual birthplace was Mina Mina, some 200 kilometres west of Yuendumu.

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht
Central TAFE, WA
Gordon Darling Foundation, Canberra
Flinders University Art Museum, Melbourne
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
South Australian Museum, Adelaide

Judy Watson Napangardi's auction record:
Womens Dreaming, 1995, synthetic polymer paint on linen, inscribed verso: KA 883/97, 193 x 367cm, Est: $US 180,000–$US 240,000, Lawson~Menzies, Sydney, 19/03/2008, Lot no. 231, $US 216,000

Recent auction prices:
Untitled, acrylic on canvas – env., 130 x 200 cm, Est: EUR16,000–18,000, Gaia Auction, Paris, 25/10/2009, Lot no. 22, EUR15,984 / A$US 26,028

The painting pictured above refers to the significant site of Mina Mina, west of Yuendumu in Central Australia, where the women gather ngalyipi (snake vine). The vine has ceremonial significance to Warlpiri people of Central Australia. The Aboriginal symbols used in this image are the ngalyipi running though the painting, women represented by "U" shapes and circles representing ceremonial sites.

Size: 90cm x 150cm
Material: acrylic on Belgian linen

Please contact us for further information.

Kind regards,
Anthony Smith and the asart team

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