This lecture will trace the development of the conventions of Papunya Tula painting from Kaapa Tjampitjinpa’s realistic representation of the ceremonial ground in 1971 to the scintillating and seemingly abstract evocations of Tingarri ceremonies by Pintupi artists in the 1990s. Intriguingly, Papunya Tula artists can represent both Ceremony and Country with the same set of signs through ceremonial re-enactments that describe the creation of country.
John Kean has published extensively on Indigenous art and the representation of nature in Australian museums including being the Art Advisor at Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, (1977-79) and the inaugural Exhibition Coordinator at Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc.
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Series sponsor - Renaissance Tours, Support sponsor - Kimpton Margot Sydney
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