Description: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions: 91 by 46 cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Condition Report: Synthetic polymer paint on linen, on stretcher, unframed. Bears Warakurna Arts catalogue number 449/71, PAMM label and Gabrielle Pizzi Sticker on reverse. Please note there is minor rubbing around the edges of the work where the canvas meets the stretcher at the corners. Otherwise the work appears to be in very good condition overall with no visible evidence of repair or restoration. Please note this work has not been examined under ultraviolet light.
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Exhibited: Nevada, Nevada Museum of Art,
No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting, 13 February to 13 May 2015, and additional venues:
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, 20 June to 16 August 2015
Pérez Art Museum, Miami, 17 September 2015 to 3 January 2016
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, 18 January to 15 May 2016
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, New York, 9 June to 14 August 2016
Henry F. Skerritt, ed. et al,
No Boundaries: Australian Aboriginal Contemporary Abstract Painting
, Prestel Verlag, Munich-London-New York, 2014, p.139 (illus.)
This painting is sold with an accompanying Papunya Tula certificate, that reads in part, “This painting depicts designs associated with the swamp site of Marawa, situated slightly west of Wilkinkara (Lake MacKay). There is also a rockhole (sic) and soakage waters at this site. During ancestral times a large group of Tingari men travelled to Marawa from the west, and after arriving at the site passed beneath the earth’s surface and continued travelling underground. It is also said that a huge ancestral snake sleeps in this swamp.”
Provenance: Painted at Kiwirrkurra, Western Australia in 2009 for Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
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Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
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