Sung into Be­ing: Abo­rig­i­nal Master­works 1984–94

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“Sung into Be­ing: Abo­rig­i­nal Master­works 1984–94” fea­tures more than 100 works from a pe­riod when Abo­rig­i­nal art be­gan to be more widely shown and ap­pre­ci­ated in Aus­tralia as fine art. It draws to­gether work by ma­jor artists from the Man­ingrida re­gion in cen­tral Arn­hem Land, N.T. and the Kim­ber­ley, W.A., who were at the fore­front of this in­tensely pro­duc­tive mo­ment of art-mak­ing. Among the high­lights are paint­ings by Rover Thomas (c.1926–98), and works on bark and can­vas by Jack Wunuwun (1930–91) and John Bu­lun­bu­lun (1946–2010). The Perth-based Holmes à Court fam­ily col­lected ex­ten­sively and se­cured a vi­tal artis­tic legacy by de­vel­op­ing fo­cused hold­ings from in­di­vid­u­als and artist groups in this pe­riod.

Un­til 22 Oc­to­ber, Queens­land Art Gallery, Stan­ley Place, South Bank. 3840 7303. qagoma.qld.gov.au

Jack Wunuwun, Mur­run­gun/dji­nang peo­ple, “Bar­numbirr Manikay II - (Morn­ing Star Song Cy­cle), Mun­yarirr - Spirit of Bar­numbirr” 1988. Janet Holmes à Court Col­lec­tion.

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