Literatur in unserem Bestand

Amadio, Nadine und Kimber, Richard: Wildbird Dreaming, Aboriginal Art from the Central Deserts of Australia, Greenhouse Publ., Melbourne 1988, ISBN 0864361084

Inhaltsverzeichnis        ¦         Klappentext        ¦         Buchbesprechung


Preface -7-

Acknowledgements -8-

List of plates -9-

Part One

Nadine Amadio: Papunya: the paintings and the painters

1. Wildbird dreaming -13-

2. The landmark of all landmarks -18-

3. Windows into myth -22-

4. The psychic code -26-

5. Papunya art today -30-

6. The artists -35-

Part Two

Richard Kimber: Papunya - the dialogue of the country

1. The artists’ country through early European eyes: 1872-1932 -40-

2. The artists’ country through Aboriginal eyes -44-

3. Pre-European history -47-

4. Early contact history: to the 1870s -54-

5. Late contact history: 1860-1910 -56-

6. Late contact history: 1911-1941 -59-

7. Late contact history: 1942-1955 -64-

8. Late contact history: 1956-1988 -69

Part Three

The plates -79-

Notes to Part Two -137-

Select Bibliography: Part One -140-

Select Bibliography: Part Two -141-


In recent times a great, new, but ancient art form has excited the world with paintings of tremendous presence, energy and life force. These are the paintings from the Aboriginal artists of the Central Deserts of Australia, known collectively as the Papunya School.

These powerful and moving paintings speak strongly of the still-living mythology of the desert Aborigines and their deep involvement with their traditional territories. The paradox of Papunya art is, that as rock, ground and body painting, it is the ancient traditional art of a people who have lived in Australia for over 40,000 years. Now transferred to canvas and sent out to the world in its modern form, Papunya painting has existed for less than two decades.

In this work, leading Australian critic, Nadine Amadio, brings to the reader an approachable introduction to the paintings and, in underlining the bond between the artists and their land, arouses a greater awareness of the needs to today’s Aborigines. Northern Territory writer Richard Kimber, who has a unique and trusted relationship with the Aborigines, gives the reader a wonder fully accessible history of European contact with the Central Desert Aborigines. His original work brings a new vision to our current knowledge, while the sensitive photographer and songwriter Barry Skipsey reveals the contemporary miracle of Papunya art with his fine reproductions of the paintings.