Art Gallery of NSW | ISBN 9781741741032
Paperback – 174 pages
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In 1947 a group of senior Aboriginal leaders and bark painters in Yirrkala in Australia's north-east Arnhem Land collaborated with anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt to document the intricacies of their culture and history. The result was the Yirrkala drawings, a collection of over 360 crayon drawings on butchers paper.
Dynamic, vivid and unlike any other Indigenous Australian art, this is the first comprehensive publication of these magnificent drawings. Accompanied by insightful essays and interviews with the artists' descendants, this book reveals the enduring power of this land and its people.
The Yirrkala Drawings exhibition runs from 12 Dec 2013 – 23 Feb 2014 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.