Icons of the Desert
Early Aboriginal Paintings from Papunya
written by Roger Benjamin
Cornell University Press | ISBN 9781934260074
Hardback – 192 pages
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Icons of the Desert marks a new stage in the understanding of Aboriginal art. It is the first focussed study of a group of early boards - the founding expressions of Papunya art, painted in acrylics on masonite between 1971 and late 1972. International experts bring their scholarship to bear on the aesthetic, cultural and political dimensions of this work, the fountainhead of the historic 'dot painting' movement. Analyses of famous works by Clifford Possum or Johnny Warrangula adapting ceremonial imagery to permanent surfaces and unpublished photographs of Pintupi artists at work are among the highlights of this lavishly-produced volume. 100 illustrations.