Tjukurrtjanu TjukurrtjanuTjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art

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  • An NGV Touring Exhibition
  • 30 September 2011 – 12 February 2012
  • The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia,
  • Federation Square, Melbourne
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  • 9 October 2012 – 20 January 2013
  • Musée du quai Branly, Paris

Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art examines a watershed moment in the history of art when a painting practice emerged at Papunya in Central Australia. Tjukurrtjanu gives prominence to 200 of the first paintings produced at Papunya between 1971 and 1972 and also establishes the vital connection between the works of art and their sources in ephemeral designs made for use in ceremony.

A collaboration between the NGV and Museum Victoria.
In partnership with Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd.

This website contains the names, images and works of Indigenous people who have passed away, which may cause distress to some Indigenous people.

Indigenous people from Central Australia and the Western Desert are advised that this exhibition contains culturally sensitive works that may be considered harmful or inappropriate for viewing by women or uninitiated members of their communities. Care has been taken to respect cultural protocols and, following a comprehensive consultation process, these works will be exhibited separately for the duration of the exhibition and will not be illustrated in the exhibition catalogue or displayed on this website.

Please note that some records contain terms and annotations that reflect the period in which the item was recorded, and may be considered inappropriate today in some circumstances.


Painting

  • EXHI015612
    Freddy West Tjakamarra
    Pintupi c.1940-95
    Men’s ceremony (Wati Kutjarra) 1972
    synthetic polymer paint on composition board
    45.5 x 31.5 cm
    Private collection, Sydney
    Photo: Jenni Carter
    © artists and their estates 2011, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited and Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd
  • EXHI015667
    John Tjakamarra
    Pintupi c.1937-2002
    Men and women 1972
    synthetic polymer paint on composition board
    71.0 x 51.0 cm
    Collection of Eva & Robert Shaye, USA
    © artists and their estates 2011, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited and Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd
  • EXHI015543
    Charlie Wartuma Tjungurrayi
    Pintupi c.1921-99
    The Trial 1972
    synthetic polymer paint on composition board
    76.0 x 40.5 cm
    John and Barbara Wilkerson, New York, USA
    © artists and their estates 2011, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited and Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd

Artists

ARTS002130
Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula 1972
Pintupi/Luritja c.1925-2001
Photo © Allan Scott
ARTS002131
Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri 1972
Anmatyerr c.1929-84
Photo © Allan Scott
ARTS002133
Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri 1972
Anmatyerr born c.1927
Photo © Allan Scott
ARTS002134
Anatjari Tjakamarra 1972
Ngaatjatjarra/Pintupi c.1930-92
Photo © Allan Scott
ARTS002138
Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi 1977
Pintupi c.1928-98
Photo © Jon Falkenmire
ARTS002139
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri 1977
Anmatyerr c.1932-2002
Photo © Jon Falkenmire

Objects

  • EXHI015833
    Unknown
    Warumungu active 1890s
    Forehead ornament early 1890s
    kangaroo teeth, spinifex resin
    17.3 x 20.5 x 1.0 cm
    Museum Victoria, Melbourne
    Purchased from Francis Gillen, 1899 (X5374)
    © Museum Victoria 2011 / Photographer Benjamin Healley
  • EXHI015840
    Unknown
    Kukatja active 1960s
    Spear thrower 1960s
    Mulga (Acacia sp.), earth pigments, spinifex resin, sinew, wood
    64.5 x 14.4 x 2.6 cm
    Museum Victoria, Melbourne
    Purchased through the CRA Fund, 1981 (X84086)
    © Museum Victoria 2011 / Photographer Benjamin Healley
  • EXHI015835
    Unknown
    Arrernte active 1900s
    Headband early 1900s
    fur string, earth pigments
    36.0 x 6.0 x 2.5 cm
    Museum Victoria, Melbourne
    Gift from Baldwin Spencer, 1902 (X9560)
    © Museum Victoria 2011 / Photographer Benjamin Healley
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