Black Art White Walls
20 April - 30 May
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, consultant and activist who owns the oldest Aboriginal art gallery in Australia, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Bondi.
Adrian and Anne Newstead began their intimate involvement with the creation and subsequent bloom/boom of the Aboriginal art market in 1980. Their art collection is a personal one, built through personal relationships, serendipity, and a keen sense of historical and cultural importance. As such this art collection stands distinctly apart from those of casual collectors. 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.
Image: Rover Thomas, Claypans, Canning Stock Route 1985, natural earth pigments on builder's plywood, 92 x 183 cm
The images celebrate the role of the possum skin cloak in strengthening cultural identity, connection to Country and the Elders' pride in the revitalisation of this traditional cultural symbol.
The project was inspired by the two reproduction possum skin cloaks in the National Museum of Australia collection and original cloaks in Museum Victoria.