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Black Art White Walls:
The Adrian and Anne Newstead Collection

4 July – 20 September 2015   

Public Program

Black Art White Walls Guided Tours

Thursdays at 11 am
Bookings recommended

Author’s Talk – Mick Woiwod

Saturday 1 August at 12noon
Mick Woiwod Author of several books about the Wurudjeri country, including Paradise Lost, a detailed study of Aboriginal existence in the Yarra Valley. Mick will present his most recent book Wrath of the Myndie.

Collector Talk - Adrian Newstead

Saturday 1 August at 1pm
Adrian Newstead is the collector of one of the most significant Indigenous Art collections, Director of Coo-ee Gallery and author of ‘The Dealer is the Devil: An Insider’s History of the Aboriginal Art Trade.’
In this talk he will speak about the evolution of Aboriginal Art, the formulation of the art market and its future development.
Rover Thomas Claypans, Canning Stock Route, 1985, natural earth pigments on builder's plywood, 92 x 183 cm
Gordon Syron The Narcissistic Red Coat, 2010 oil on canvas and frame, 71 x 60 cm
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Dingo Dreaming, 1993, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 180 x 127cm
Rover Thomas ' Punmu - The Universe', 1995, serigraph ed.4/50, 60 x 72 cm

This exhibition draws on the extensive personal collection of Indigenous art accumulated by Adrian and Anne Newstead while working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists over the past 30 years. Adrian Newstead is a dealer, writer and consultant. He and Anne own the oldest Aboriginal art gallery in Australia.

Adrian and Anne began their involvement with the creation and subsequent bloom/boom of the Aboriginal art market in 1980. Their art collection is an intimate one, built through personal relationships, serendipity, and a keen sense of historical and cultural importance. It is a platform by which a different narrative can be told: that of art as an expression of relationships, culture, spirituality, the land and kinship.

The Newstead Collection comprises more than 1000 canvas paintings, barks, artefacts, prints, posters and sculptures. It represents a linear history of Aboriginal art and craft from the earliest days of the movement, through to the establishment of the first art centres and, beyond this, into the mainstreaming of Aboriginal art and its national and international acceptance as a dynamic contemporary art movement.

There is a strong emphasis on printmaking as Adrian Newstead was instrumental in initiating this medium amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. He published hundreds of limited editions, as well as organising and promoting Australian Indigenous prints on the international stage. This exhibition includes rare examples of early prints, as well as those by several of indigenous Australiaʼs most important printmakers.

During Adrian and Anne Newsteadʼs 30-year involvement, black art has moved inexorably onto white walls, subtly affecting the many millions of people who have come to live with and love it. Many would say that the Aboriginal art movement has been the single most effective vehicle in advancing understanding, empathy and reconciliation between black and white Australia.
Viewing this beautiful show and reading the meanings of the works, and the circumstances under which they were collected, reveals the story of a very personal journey deep into the culture of Australiaʼs oldest inhabitants.

Curated by Djon Mundine .



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