Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia

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Very exciting news of a major Australian Indigenous art exhibition at Harvard Art Museums, highlighting the importance of our Indigenous art and culture internationally. ‪#‎Everywhen‬

“An exhibition of this scope has not been seen in the United States for more than 25 years, and it reflects the ways in which the art historical landscape has shifted since then. Indigenous art is no longer positioned as “other,” but as another form of contemporary art that demands our critical attention. This exhibition presents an opportunity to introduce audiences to the central role that Indigenous art plays in the global narrative of contemporary art.”

http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/exhibitions/4983/everywhen-the-eternal-present-in-indigenous-art-from-australia

“Art in the Family” Exhibition presented by Ultimate Art

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This Thursday 17 September come and view some world class Aboriginal and Australian contemporary art, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, presented by our friends at Ulitmate Art Gallery.

With the assistance of our friends over at Mimi Art Gallery, Giovanna Fragomeli and Avdo Tabakovic “Art in the Family” explores the evolution of styles, through the generations of Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s family, ; Minnie Pwerle, Barbara Weir, Charmaine Pwerle and an impressive large work by Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

The exhibition will also feature a selection of stunning contemporary works from the Pekel family; Chris Pekel and his father Herman Pekel.

Come and enjoy a drink with us!

Thursday 17 September

6-8pm

Studio Rooms, Level 2,

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

199 George Street, Sydney

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Dreamtime Stories – How the Sun was Made

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How the Sun was Made: Dawn, Noontide and Night (by W.J. Thomas)

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“When the emu egg was hurled up to the sky it struck a great pile of wood which had been gathered by a cloud man named Ngoudenout. It hit the wood with such force that the pile instantly burst into flame, and flooded the earth with the soft, warm light of dawn. The flowers were so surprised that they lifted their sleepy heads to the sky, and opened their petals so wide that the glistening dewdrops which night had given them fell to the ground and were lost.

The little birds twittered excitedly on the trees, and the fairies, who kept the snow on the mountain tops, forgot their task, and allowed it to thaw and run into the rivers and creeks. And what was the cause of this excitement?

Away to the east, far over the mountains, the purple shadows of night were turning grey; the soft, pink-tinted clouds floated slowly across the sky like red-breasted birds winging their way to a far land. Along the dim sky-line a path of golden fire marked the parting of the grey shadows, and down in the valley the white mist was hiding the pale face of night.

Like a sleeper stirring softly at the warm touch of a kiss, all living things of the bush stirred at the caress of dawn. The sun rose with golden splendor in a clear blue sky, and, with its coming, the first day dawned. At first the wood pile burned slowly, but the heat increased, until at noonday it was thoroughly ablaze. But gradually it burnt lower and lower, until at twilight only a heap of glowing embers remained. These embers slowly turned cold and grey. The purple shadows and white mists came from their hiding-places, and once again the mantle of night was over the land.

When Ngoudenout saw what a splendid thing the sun was, he determined to give it to us for ever. At night, when the fire of the sun has burnt out, he goes to a dark forest in the sky and collects a great pile, of wood. At dawn he lights it, and it burns feebly until noonday is reached, then it slowly burns away until twilight and night falls. Ngoudenout, the eternal wood gatherer, then makes his lonely way to the forest for the wood that lights the fire of the sun.”

Top tips on buying art

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Recently a customer emailed a photo and a comment on how happy they are with the artwork they chose from Mimi Art Gallery.

This is a great example of a well-chosen artwork that really complements the interior design and existing furnishings. The customer has really thought about the colour scheme, the available space and how it will fit into their surroundings.

I really like the use of the bold bright colour against the fresh white wall and cream lounge. Doesn’t it look fantastic? This is a beautiful Ronnie Tjampitjinpa “Fire Dreaming”

Here are some great tips to keep in mind when buying art:

  • Take measurements! Select an area that you want to display artwork and look for artworks that will fit well. Above the lounge is always a good area, which is suitable for a landscape-oriented artwork.
  • How will the artwork fit in with any existing artworks/colour schemes/furnishings? Maybe you want something versatile that will fit in anywhere or a really colourful and bold show stopper to prominently display and show off to all your friends.
  • Hanging; check the weight of the artwork. Can you use a 3M removable hook or will you need a more secure solution? Is the wall appropriate for drilling? Is it out of the way of children’s reach?
  • Love it! The most important tip is to buy what you love. Artwork that you feel passionate about will be a great asset for years to come. The happiness art can give you is priceless!

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Contemporary Aboriginal Art for Modern Interiors

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Check out the new Tumblr blog from our friends at OzBid Auctions for inspiration and ideas about all things arty. This post features a great example of how contemporary Aboriginal art complements modern interiors.

Pictured below is the property from Chanel 9’s popular reality TV show, The Block Glasshouse. They’ve decorated their amazing home with Aboriginal art produced for Mimi Art Gallery. Doesnt it look great! The artwork really brings the space to life.

Pictured right: Kudditji Kngwarreye “My Country”. Pictured left: Barbara Weir “My Country”.

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Photo slideshow of Our Studio

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Check out this Youtube clip for a slideshow of Our Studio photo gallery.

Many of the artworks are based on the Dreaming/Creation stories about the ancestral spirits (Mimi) that travelled across the land and places and events that took place in the Dreamtime. Many are secret to their people. Passed on for untold generations, through artist interpretation in the sand, rocks and ceremonies (body paint, dance, song).

Each dot and brush stroke has a story. Enjoy!

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Close the Gap Day 2014 Exhibition

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Last month we had the opportunity to contribute some art to a very worthy cause. The Close the Gap Day exhibition was held in the new Aboriginal Healing Garden at Monash Medical Centre in Clayton, Victoria.  To support and this fantastic initiative and to find out more about this great community event click here.

Here are some photos of the day.

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