Special Pintupi Travelling Ceremony, 1972 bears artist's name 'Charlie Tawara' (sic), date '26.9.72', the numbers 5 and 41 and Stuart Art Centre consignment number 18006 on the reverse synthetic polymer powder paint on composition board 61 x 45.5cm (24 x 17 15/16in).
PROVENANCE: Painting number 6 in consignment 18 to the Stuart Art Centre, Alice Springs Private collection, Melbourne Purchased from Sotheby's, Important Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, 29 June 1998, lot 129
EXHIBITED: Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art, The Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 30 September 2011 - 12 February 2012; Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, 9 October 2012 - 27 January 2013
LITERATURE: Geoffrey Bardon and James Bardon, Papunya: A Place Made After the Story - The Beginnings of the Western Desert Painting Movement, Melbourne: The Miegenyah Press, Melbourne, 2004, entitled 'Travelling Dreamings', painting 140, p.228 (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.49 (illus.) Judith Ryan and Philip Batty, Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art, exh. cat., Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 2011, p.141 (illus.), p.299
According to the 2004 Bardon book 'Papunya : A Place Made After the Story - The Beginnings of the Western Desert Painting Movement' this painting was wrongly attributed to Charlie Tarawa (Tjaruru) Tjungarrayi at the 1998 Sotheby's auction sale.
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