John Mawurndjul (born circa 1952) Mardayin Ceremony, 1999
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John Mawurndjul (born circa 1952) Mardayin Ceremony, 1999
Sold for AU$ 109,800 (US$ 89,396) inc. premium

Lot Details
John Mawurndjul (born circa 1952)
Mardayin Ceremony, 1999
bears artist's name, Maningrida Arts & Culture catalogue number 19951999BP, title and a description of the story depicted on Maningrida Arts & Culture certificate and similar information on a Maningrida Arts & Culture label and on an Annandale Galleries label on the reverse
natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
153 x 88cm (60 1/4 x 34 5/8in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Maningrida Arts & Culture, Maningrida, Northern Territory
    Purchased from Annandale Galleries, Sydney in September 1999
    The Laverty Collection, Sydney


    EXHIBITED:
    John Mawurndjul, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, 10 August - 4 September, 1999
    12th Biennale of Sydney 2000, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 26 May - 30 July 2000
    Ngurra Kutu: Going Home, Yiribana Gallery at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, September 2001 - June 2002
    rarrk - John Mawurndul : Journey Through Time in Northern Australia, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland, 21 September 2005 - 29 January 2006; Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany, 19 February - 5 June 2006
    Mumeka to Milmilngkan - Innovation in Kurulk Art, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 2 November - 17 December 2006, cat. no. 30
    John Mawurndjul Survey 1979 - 2009, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 16 April - 24 May 2009, cat. no. 16

    LITERATURE:
    Ewen McDonald (ed.), 12th Biennale of Sydney 2000, exh. cat. Sydney: Biennale of Sydney, 2000, p.77 (illus.), p.221
    Benjamin Genocchio, 'Greatest hits earns modern merit', Arts Review, The Weekend Australian, 10 - 11 June 2000, p.23 (illus.)
    Art Monthly Australia, August 2000, p.40 (illus.)
    Ron Ramsey and Deborah Hart, 'The Laverty Collection - an interview with Colin & Liz Laverty', Artonview, National Gallery of Australia magazine, summer 2003 - 2004, illustrated p.43 (illus.)
    Howard Morphy, Becoming Art: Exploring Cross-Cultural Categories, Oxford; New York: Berg, 2007, p.165 (illus.)
    Christian Kaufmann et al., rarrk - John Mawurndul: Journey Through Time in Northern Australia, exh. cat. Belair, South Australia: Crawford House Publishing Australia, 2005, p.135 (illus.), p.228
    Jon C. Altman and Apolline Kohen, Mumeka to Milmilngkan - Innovation in Kurulk Art, exh. cat. Canberra: Drill Hall Gallery, 2006, cat. no. 30, pl.11, p.39 (illus.), p.62
    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, pp.278-279 & p.280 (illus.)
    Art Monthly, May 2009, (image rotated horizontally, incorectly titled and incorrectly attributed to the collection of Bill and Ann Gregory; corrected in June issue, p.80).
    Apolline Kohen, John Mawurndjul Survey 1979 - 2009, exh. cat. Canberra: ANU Drill Hall Gallery, 2009, pl.10, cat. no. 16, cat. cover [illus. (detail)] and p.18 (illus.)
    Claus Volkenandt and Christian Kaufmann (eds.), Between Indigenous Australia and Europe-John Mawurndjul, Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press, 2009, p.99 (illus.) and plate XIX, page not numbered (illus.)
    'Maningrida on Show', Australian Aboriginal Art magazine, issue 2, June/July/August 2009, p.144 (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.313 (illus.)

    This work is a masterful representation of the Mardayin
    themes that Mawurndjul started to depict in the late
    1990s. The powerful and dynamic composition, the fine
    execution of intricate rarrk (crosshatching) and the fact
    that this painting was created in 1999 at a pivotal time
    in Mawurndjul's career in terms of creativity and public
    recognition explain why this particular work has been
    widely exhibited and illustrated in many catalogues.

    Apolline Kohen
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