Old Masters features the paintings of Narritjin Maymuru, Yirawala, Mawalan Marika, David Malangi, and their contemporaries. These men of high ritual standing were not only artists, but also ceremonial and clan leaders, philosophers, advocates for land rights and human rights, ambassadors, and politicians, who recognised the power of art as the most eloquent means to build bridges between Aboriginal and European society.
Editors and Contributors
Wally Caruana is an independent curator, author, and consultant specialising in Indigenous Australian art. For nearly 20 years he was the senior curator of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collections at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. He was the consultant curator for the Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.
Alisa Duff has worked for more than 20 years in the cultural sector and her current role is lead curator of Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists at the National Museum of Australia.
Howard Morphy is the director of the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at the Australian National University, Canberra, and has published widely in the areas of anthropology, art, and religion.
Luke Taylor is an anthropologist who has worked with bark painters in western Arnhem Land for more than 30 years. He currently maintains an adjunct position with the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at the Australian National University, Canberra.
Watch a video about the exhibition HERE.
Published by National Museum of Australia Press, 2013. Format, Softcover, 240 pages.