April Meeting: Claus Volkenandt and Christian Kaufmann (Eds.), “Introduction,” Between Indigenous Australia an Europe: John Mawurndjul

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group meeting will be Monday, 19 April, 5:30PM, Room G38, Elisabeth Murdoch Building.

We will be reading the “Introduction,” pages 9-18, of C. Volkenandt and C. Kaufmann (eds), Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul, Art Histories in Context series, Aboriginal Studies Press, April 2009. Please consider reading “Why we need an intercultural art history,” by Claus Volkenandt, as well, pages 103-111.

Copies of these chapters, available for photocopying, are in an envelope on the notice board outside Dr Susan Lowish’s office, room G27, ground floor Elisabeth Murdoch Building.

Here is a bit about the book, from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies web page:

Increasingly, Australian Indigenous art is drawing the attention of international audiences, in part because of the amazing stories the artists tell of human creativity. John Mawurndjul is one of several Aboriginal artists whose work is collected and displayed in art museums and galleries throughout the world.

As his work is both simultaneously grounded in his country in northern Australia, and internationally, the resulting dual perspective raises basic questions about how art should be viewed and approached in intercultural terms.

From their different perspectives, renowned Australian contributors, Jon Altman, Sally Butler, Apolline Kohen, Howard Morphy, Judith Ryan, Luke Taylor and Paul S.C. Taçon, join a range of international commentators, to raise and debate key questions. For example, is the point of reference for exploring his work the art gallery where the work is displayed, or its place of origin in Arnhem Land? And what are the ramifications of the choice of a specific reference point on the interpretation and understanding of his art works?

Looking forward to seeing you next Monday!

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