Corrigan Collection Reveals Power + Colour of Australian Aboriginal Art

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The new book, Power + Colour: New Painting from the Corrigan Collection of 21st Century Aboriginal Art charts the history of Aboriginal art’s impact on Australian law, and explores the inextricable nexus of Aboriginal law and sense of self— an entirety that is inseparable from country. Lavishly illustrated with strikingly beautiful contemporary Indigenous paintings, the book showcases 129 works of art by 76 artists working across more than 25 communities Australia-wide. The author Jane Raffan, demonstrates the diversity of expression within Aboriginal contemporary painting, and reveals, in nuance and detail, the breadth and depth of Aboriginal connectedness to country.

Author Jane Raffan, says the works exemplify the diversity of expression within contemporary Aboriginal painting.
`They reveal, in nuance and detail, the breadth and depth of Aboriginal law and sense of self,

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Aboriginal expressions of law and country are showcased in a major new publication on Indigenous art, Power + Colour: New Painting from the Corrigan Collection of 21st Century Aboriginal Art, published by Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, Australia.

Lavishly illustrated, it features 129 works by 76 artists from more than 25 communities across Australia, collected by renowned businessman, art lover and philanthropist, Pat Corrigan.

The book uniquely focuses on works produced post 2000, and celebrates new directions characterised by the use of rich colour. A previous book on Aboriginal paintings, entitled ‘New Beginnings’, published in 2008, concentrated on an earlier Corrigan Collection.

Power + Colour is an expression of the enthralling power and colour of recent Aboriginal painting, much of which stems from remote art centres that have flourished since 2005.

Author of Power + Colour, Indigenous art specialist Jane Raffan, says the works exemplify the diversity of expression within contemporary Aboriginal painting.

“They reveal, in nuance and detail, the breadth and depth of Aboriginal law and sense of self, a connectedness that is inseparable from country.

“Emphasising elements that have brought Aboriginal art to the forefront of contemporary art practice in Australia, these works offer an aesthetic that fuses visual dynamism with a powerful connection to the primal through living links to a complex spiritual practice that is intricately and intimately tied to law and land.

“This is a collection of strikingly beautiful contemporary paintings, whose mesmerising array of colour used to depict country and culture is fused with the deep power of Aboriginal law, or Tjukurpa,” Ms Raffan said.

Pat Corrigan’s inspiration for collecting the current body of Indigenous work came from a 2004 exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria curated by Judith Ryan, entitled ‘Colour Power: Aboriginal Art Post 1984’.

“The NGV exhibition ‘Colour Power’ in 2004 blew me away and set me on a new wave of collecting.

“I’m inspired by the power and colour of artists like Tommy Watson, Wingu Tingima, the artistic flourish of works from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands and other remote emergent centres in Western Australia,” Mr Corrigan said.

The collection includes work from Bentinck Island artist Sally Gabori, from the Gulf of Carpentaria, Regina Wilson from the Peppimenarti Community in the Northern Territory, the Yulparija artists from Bidyandanga, as well as from emerging artists, such as Akay Koo-olia, from Cape York, who, at 87 years of age, picked up a brush for the first time to record reflections of her country.
One work by Yulparija artist, Daniel Walbidi, typifies the passion and intensity of Corrigan’s commitment to his art collection.

“Collecting in a way is like tracking a moving target. I spent three years searching for just the right work by this highly sought after artist. My collecting obsession is founded in the beauty of the art itself, and the thrill of the chase.
“Collecting has been described as a communicable obsession, and I’m pleased to be able to communicate the sheer joy that my obsession brings to me, to as wide an audience as possible, through this publication,” Mr Corrigan said.

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Contact:
Katrina Raymond T: +613 96633222 M: 0417 303158 E: katrina(at)medialinkproductions(dot)com
Heath Farnsworth T: +613 9825 1157 E: heath.farnsworth(at)macmillan(dot)com(dot)au
Claire Story T: +613 96633222 M: 0422 961063 claire(at)medialinkproductions(dot)com
Kara Cutajar T: +613 96633222 M: 0406 173993 kara(at)medialinkproductions(dot)com

Available:

  •     Patrick Corrigan, the collector, and Jane Raffan, the author, for interview
  •     Pdf sampler of Power + Colour
  •     Power + Colour images of the cover and artworks
  •     Review copies of Power + Colour upon request

Launch:
Power + Colour: New Painting from the Corrigan Collection of 21st Century Aboriginal Art, to be officially launched in Australia:

  •     in Sydney by Michael Ebeid, Managing Director & CEO, SBS Corporation with opening remarks by Professor Larissa Behrendt, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS
  •     in Melbourne by Mr Tony Ellwood, Director, National Gallery of Victoria and,
  •     in Brisbane in late January 2013 [details to be advised]

Book details:
$125.00 Hb, ISBN 9781921394744,
Macmillan Art Publishing, NZRP$165.00
300mm x 240mm, 368 pages, November 2012
Links:

Buy at any good bookstore, or online at: http://www.palgravemacmillan.com.au/palgrave/onix/isbn/9781921394744
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CorriganColourPower
Author’s website: http://www.artifacts.net.au

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