Emily Kam Kngawarray (Emily Kame Kngwarreye)(circa 1916-1996) Untitled, 1996
Lot 165
Emily Kam Kngawarray (Emily Kame Kngwarreye)(circa 1916-1996) Untitled, 1996
Sold for AU$ 97,600 (US$ 83,264) inc. premium

Lot Details
Emily Kam Kngawarray (Emily Kame Kngwarreye)(circa 1916-1996)
Untitled, 1996
bears artist's name and Delmore Gallery catalogue number 96G029 on the reverse
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
152 x 92cm (59 13/16 x 36 1/4in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Purchased from Delmore Gallery, Northern Territory in October 1996
    The Laverty Collection, Sydney

    EXHIBITED:
    Utopia: the Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan, 26 February - 13 April 2008; National Art Center Tokyo, Japan, 28 May - 28 July 2008; National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 22 August - 12 October 2008
    Laverty 2, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, 14 May - 14 August 2011
    The Colin and Elizabeth Laverty collection - a selection of Indigenous and non-Indigenous art exhibition, Geelong Gallery, Geelong, 18 February - 15 April 2012

    LITERATURE:
    Margo Neale and Benita Tunks (eds.), Utopia: the Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, exh. cat., Tokyo: Yomiuri Shinbun Tokyo Honsha, 2008, (Japanese edition), p.99 and p.101 (illus.), p.239; Canberra: National Museum of Australia Press, 2008 (English edition), p.193 (illus.)
    Colin Laverty, 'Diversity and Strength: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art - A Private Collection', Arts of Asia, November - December 2003, p.88 (illus.)
    Colin Laverty and Elizabeth Laverty et al., Beyond Sacred: Recent Painting from Australia's Remote Aboriginal Communities - the collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, Melbourne: Hardie Grant Books, 2008, p.95 (illus.)
    Colin Laverty and Elizabeth Laverty et al., Beyond Sacred: Australian Aboriginal Art - the collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, Edition II, Melbourne: Kleimeyer Industries, 2011, p.103 (illus.)
    Djon Mundine, 'Travelling from Utopia', Art Monthly, issue 250 'critical lining', June 2012, p.41 (illus.)

    Painted less than two months before she passed away,
    Untitled, 1996, shows that Emily Kame Kngwarreye
    retained her mastery of gestural painting right to
    the end. The work is categorised in the catalogue of
    her Japanese retrospective as one from a series about
    'sacred grasses' (Neale, M. et al, Utopia: The genius of
    Emily Kame Kngwarreye
    , Osaka: The National Museum
    of Art, 2008, p.199). The connection between the
    subject of Kngwarreye's paintings and her processes
    of paint application seems to be mimetic in character,
    as the sweeps of brush marks evoke tall grass swaying
    in the breeze. The painting does refer tangentially to
    the ripening fruit and flowers of bush plants, as the
    accompanying documentation states, and it concerns
    knowledge of desert ecology and the laws of nature
    that are essential to survival. Moreover, Untitled, 1996,
    possesses a spiritual aspect as it relates to Awely or
    women's ceremonies and ritual songs, and the designs
    painted onto the bodies of women participants.
    Kngwarreye was renowned for her aptitude in
    body painting where the relationship between the
    individual, the design, country and the ancestors
    defines one's identity. Kngwarreye translates
    these attributes to canvas through the span of her
    brushmarks that evoke the physical relationship
    between the painter and the painting.

    Wally Caruana

    This painting is sold with accompanying Delmore Gallery documentation.
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