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Emily Kngwarreye - Paintings, Craftsman House, Sydney 1998, ISBN 9057036819

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Table of Contents

Map -6-

Janet Hold: Alhalkere -7-

Introduction -8-

Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Jennifer Isaacs: Anmatyerre Woman -12-

Jennifer Isaacs: Anmatyerre Artists -17-

Terry Smith: Kngwarreye Women Abstract Painter -24-

Colour Plates 1989-1991 -43-

Paintings in the National Gallery of Victoria

Judith Ryan: Emily Kngwarreye in the National Gallery of Victoria -77-

Colour Plates 1992-1994 -85-

Painting at Delmore Downs Station

Jennifer Isaacs: The Artist's Studio -140-

Donald Holt: Emily, A Personal Memoir -143-

Janet Holt: Emily Kngwarreye at Delmore Downs 1989-1996 -148-

Colour Plates 1995-1996 -159-

References -190-

Curriculum Vitae, Delmore Gallery -192-

List of Colour Plates -196-

Glossary -200-

Index -201-

Cover Text

Emily Kame Kngwarreye (c.1910-1996) was a senior member of the Anmatyerre community resident at Utopia, a former cattle station, now reclaimed by its Aboriginal land owners. She is widely regarded as one of the most notable Aboriginal artists of recent times and the preeminent woman artist of the desert region. The remarkable painterly and conceptual originality of her work extended her influence well beyond the previous reach of contemporary Aboriginal art and attracted widespread international interest. Emily Kngwarreye was born at Alhalkere in the north-west corner of Utopia Station, and grew up working on various cattle stations. She commenced painting on fabric in the batik technique in the late 1970s, and produced her first painting on linen in 1988. She was the leader of a number of song cycles for particular women's ceremonies. Her paintings were mostly based on Anmatyerre body designs and Dreaming sites especially associated with yam tubers and flowers. During her brief but dazzling career as an artist, Emily Kngwarreye had numerous solo and group exhibitions. She is represented in all major state gallery collections in Australia and in significant collections of contemporary international art in the USA, Europe and the UK. Emily Kngwarreye's paintings represented Australia at the 1997 Venice Biennale. A major retrospective of her work will commence at the Queensland Art Gallery in 1998 and then tour other states. This book looks at Emily Kngwarreye's paintings from very different view points: Jennifer Isaacs approaches and explains their meaning as part of Anmatyerre women's culture, and gives a history of the art's development and patronages; Terry Smith examines the works as forming part of the leading edge of contemporary abstract paintings; Judith Ryan describes and explores the major works by Emily Kngwarreye from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria; and Donald and Janet Holt give personal accounts of Emily's art and life at Delmore Downs Station.