Blak on blak
Vol 30 no 1, 2010
Political, satirical, hard-hitting art by blak artists around Australia is assessed and discussed by blak writers. Brought to prominence by the collective ProppaNOW in Brisbane, these works challenge ignorance and racism through deadly blak humour, irony and parody. Queensland, known in the 1980s as the Moonlight State, was the hotbed that bred the confrontational art of these artists.
In a dynamic Australian publishing first both the Editor Daniel Browning, and assistant editor Tess Allas, are Indigenous, and all of the features are written by Indigenous writers. Some like Djon Mundine, Margo Neale and Brenda L Croft are well known as curators and essayists, others are newer on the publishing scene. All engage vigorously with their subjects - the artists Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Fiona Foley, Gordon Hookey, Tony Albert and Jennifer Herd.
Donna Leslie provides a poignant look back at pioneer of political Aboriginal art, the late Lin Onus. The politics of skin, Aboriginality, colonial history and gender are a part of the mix with the works of Dianne Jones, Bindi Cole, Yhonnie Scarce and Gary Lee.
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Nowhere BoyAuthor: Mr Djon Mundine, Feature
Emeritus Curator Djon Mundine OAM, currently Indigenous Curator of Contemporary Art at Campbelltown Arts Centre, Western Sydney, spills his guts on the current state of play as he sees it in Australian Aboriginal art where fashion has overtaken activism and some artists are just so hot right now.
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Articles in this issue
- Arthur Pambegan Junior (1936-2010)
- Spotlight on Queensland Indigenous art
- Editorial: Editorial
- ETW: Exhibitions 2 Watch
- Feature: Art of glass: Yhonnie Scarce
- Feature: Beaver Lennon: painting country
- Feature: Casting Shadows
- Feature: Dianne Jones : a little less conversation
- Feature: From Tiwi with love: Bindi Cole
- Feature: Gary Lee: the outsider
- Feature: Gordon Hookey : Flash Gordon's message - language is a virus
- Feature: History is a weapon: Fiona Foley history teacher
- Feature: Learning to be proppa : Aboriginal artists collective ProppaNOW
- Feature: Lin Onus: picturing histories, speaking politics
- Feature: Look good feel good: the healing
- Feature: Not black enough, the politics of skin
- Feature: Nowhere Boy
- Feature: Richard Bell : matter of fact
- Feature: Tayenebe/exchange: Tasmanian Aboriginal women and fibre work
- Feature: Tony Albert: there's no place like home
- Feature: Vernon Ah Kee - sovereign warrior
- Preview: Young artists of Aurukun
- Review: 6th Asia Pacific Triennial
- Review: APT6 another look
- Review: Barks, Birds and Billabongs
- Review: Charlie Sofo
- Review: Critical Generosity
- Review: Culture Warriors
- Review: Danny McDonald
- Review: Full Circle
- Review: Hans Kreiner
- Review: Kim Stanley Medlen
- Review: Menagerie
- Review: MONA FOMA
- Review: Paul Uhlmann
- Review: Sangeeta Sandrasegar