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Papunya: Aboriginal Paintings from the Central Australian Desert



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First edition of “Papunya: Aboriginal Paintings from the Central Australian Desert” published in 1983 by The Aboriginal Artists Agency and Papunya Tula Artists’ Company.
Texts by Andrew Crocker (editor), Clifton Pugh, and R. Kimber.
The chapters are; “The Recent Anthropology of the Western Desert”; “Central Australian & Western Desert Art”; “Contemporary Art of the Western Desert”.

features the works of: Harper Morris Tjungurrayi, Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Dick Pantimatju Tjupurrula, Paddy Carroll Tjungurrayi, Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, George Bush Tjangala, Jack Wayuta Tjupurrula, Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri, Pinta Pinta Tjapanangka, Uta Uta Tjangala, Charlie Tjapangati, Charlie Taruru Tjungurrayi, Willie Tjungurrayi, Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula

Illustrated in full-colour throughout with the works of artists from the Northern Territory settlement of Papunya, often heralded as the birthplace of contemporary Aboriginal art. Papunya’s residents were mainly of the Luritja and Pintupi language groups, but its residents also included people from the Anmatyerr, Warlpiri and Kukatja groups. Their traditional country lay hundreds of kilometres west of Papunya in the Gibson Desert, where they had lived as hunter-gatherers until the 1960s. For many Pintupi, Papunya was their first experience of life in a European settlement, established by successive Australian governments under the controversial policy of assimilation, aimed to socialise Aboriginal people into a European way of life. This combination of different language groups, with varying degrees of contact with Western influences and poisons, made Papunya a place often rife with sadness and strife. Yet it also gave rise to a revolution in Australian art in the early 1970s when a group of artists began painting the designs and stories that represent their particular Dreaming places. The land in and around Papunya is Tjala country, and includes many sites associated with the Honey Ant Dreaming stories. Papunya artists assert their rights and obligations as Central and Western Desert landowners, entrusted with the ritual re-enactment of the events that occurred at these sites. The symbols they use are part of a unique visual language which is also used in designs painted on the skin and in elaborate ceremonial ground paintings.
In 1972 the artists successfully established their own cooperative, Papunya Tula Artists. The Aboriginal Arts Board was created in 1973, with members who were all Indigenous Australians. Papunya was represented by artists Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri and Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri..

* Condition: Very Good (light cover wear, small corner clipping to front flyleaf, otherwise tight/clean throughout) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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