Abstract

The Papunya Permanent Collection of 94 early western desert paintings was sold to the Australian Museum by Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd in 1983 on condition that it remain together for future generations of Aboriginal people to visit and view the collection. The paintings came with little or no documentation. This report documents what happened when now well-known, mature artists were asked to “look back” to a time when the art movement was in its infancy, struggling to survive. Many paintings brought back memories of Country, Dreamings and passed-away artists. At the date of publication, only two of the artists are still alive. This invaluable information has enriched an already historically important collection of early Western Desert art.

Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this publication may relate to religious beliefs, death, burial practices or initiation ceremonies and rites; or it may contain images or names of deceased persons or images that may be regarded as unsuitable for children.

 
Download Complete Work

Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Khan, 2016. Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus., Online 25: 1–95
Author
Kate Khan
Year
2016
Title
Looking back: the story of a collection. The Papunya Permanent Collection of early Western Desert paintings at the Australian Museum
Serial Title
Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online
Volume
25
Start Page
1
End Page
95
DOI
10.3853/j.1835-4211.25.2016.1647
Language
English
Date Published
05 May 2016
Cover Date
05 May 2016
ISSN
ISSN 1835-4211 (online)
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN; CULTURE: INDIGENOUS; ANTHROPOLOGY
Digitized
05 May 2016
Available Online
05 May 2016
Reference Number
1647
EndNote
/Uploads/Journals/35041/1647.enw
Title Page
/Uploads/Journals/35041/1647.pdf
File size: 196kB
Complete Work
/Uploads/Journals/35041/1647_complete.pdf
File size: 6199kB