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Aboriginal Art BooksAboriginal Art Books: Sale


Aboriginal art books cover a wide range of topics and regions. Below and on the following pages is a selection of the best books currently available. These include surveys of contemporary Aboriginal art and culture, overviews of art from different regions of Australia or by particular artists and accounts of rock art.

Book sale! All of the books listed below are being sold at or below wholesale price as we have decided, after 16 years, to focus solely on the sale of paintings and prints. Postage costs mean that these sell-out items are only available to buyers in Australia - inquire now as book stocks are low!

Note that the prices shown include packing and delivery within Australia.

Please ignore the box listing: "Delivery charges for this item" - the details are not correct; books are NOT available for export (postage costs too high).

 

Tjala Arts, Wakefield Press
Title: Nganampa Kampatjangka Unngu - The lives and stories of the Tjala artists
Price: $49.50 in Australia
$45.00 for Export.
BB78, 2015
Hardcover book, 288 pages
29 x 26 cm
This collection of stories and artworks provides an exquisite insight into the individual and family histories that make Tjala Arts at the forefront of the Western Desert painting movement. Tjala Arts is located at Amata in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of South Australia. This book weighs more than 2kg so unfortunately the postage charges are high.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $2
Europe/Other $2
Asia/Pacific $66
Wally Caruana, Thames and Hudson
Title: Aboriginal Art
Price: $27.50 in Australia
$25.00 for Export.
BB05, 2003 (2nd edition)
Paperback 143 pages
This is an excellent general overview and introduction to Aboriginal art, organised by regions and well illustrated.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $16
Judith Ryan
Title: Colour Power: Aboriginal Art Post 1984 in the Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria
Price: $38.50 in Australia
$35.00 for Export.
BB48, 2004
Soft cover, 160 pages publisher National Gallery of Victoria
24 x 29 cm
Colour Power reflects the diversity and dynamism of contemporary Aboriginal artwork. With artworks gathered largely from the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibition catalogue captures the vibrancy and beauty of Aboriginal artwork that is defined by colour. It features a variety of mediums, including acrylic and enamel paints, neon, glitter, wools, inks and dyes, metal, paper, canvas and textiles. Artists exhibited include: Willie Gudabi, Bert Jackson, Ngarta Biddy Bonney and Tracey Moffatt.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $38
Howard Morphy, Phaidon
Title: Aboriginal Art
Price: $30.80 in Australia
$28.00 for Export.
BB06, 1999
Paperback 448 pages
Morphy's book is the best overall description and review of Aboriginal art and culture. Unlike many other books, it is not organised by regions but rather by themes such as country, society, ritual, history and the struggle for survival. This offers a considerable richness of insight and understanding.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $27
Seear, L, Allen L, Mundine D, Quaill A et al.
Title: Story Place - Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest
Price: $40.70 in Australia
$37.00 for Export.
BB35, 2003
Soft cover, 240 pages, Queensland Art Gallery
22 x 28 cm
This book accompanied the first major survey exhibition of historical and contemporary art work from Cape York Peninsula. It surveys the art and culture of Cape York through a series of essays, interviews, and artist and community profiles. Richly illustrated, it features the art work, the people and the environments of Cape York.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $45
Europe/Other $55
Asia/Pacific $38
Philip Jones
Title: Behind the Doors: An art history from Yuendumu
Price: $29.70 in Australia
$27.00 for Export.
BB80, 2015
Paperback 212 pages, publisher Wakefield Press
22 x 26 cm
The Yuendumu Doors are among the freshest, most remarkable documents of Aboriginal art. Painted thirty years ago at a remote desert school by artists steeped in ritual knowledge, the Doors survived against the odds. After near-obliteration by desert winds, sun, and children's graffiti, the Doors have been conserved and their powerful designs restored. Behind the Doors tells the story of these remarkable visual chronicles of Warlpiri country and Dreaming.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $33
Europe/Other $33
Asia/Pacific $29
Vivien Johnson
Title: Streets of Papunya: The Reinvention of Papunya Painting
Price: $33.00 in Australia
$30.00 for Export.
BB81, 2015
Soft cover, 240 pages, NewSouth Publishers
24 x 28 cm
This book tells the story of the women painters of Papunya who work today at the Papunya Tjupi art centre. Among them are some of the first women in the desert to join the original Papunya art movement, who continue Papunya's rich history as the birthplace of contemporary Indigenous art. Western Desert art expert Vivien Johnson reveals for the first time the history of Papunya as a site of art production, from Albert Namatjira's final paintings made just before his death in 1959, through Papunya's glory days of the 1970s and 1980s, followed by the more difficult times in the 1990s and then to its inspiring renaissance, as its leading painters reinvent Papunya painting.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $29
Alison French, National Gallery of Australia
Title: Seeing the Centre - The Art of Albert Namatjira
Price: $39.60 in Australia
$36.00 for Export.
BB28, 2002
Large format softback 176 pages
24 x 29 cm
This book is the most substantial reference work on Albert Namatjira for many years, and gives a re-evaluation of his art and life. It accompanies the touring exhibition organised to commemorate the centenary of the artist's birth. The book contains numerous high quality colour reproductions of Albert's watercolours, together with photographs of the artist at work, and with his family. If you are interested in Albert Namatjira and the Aranda watercolour artists, this book is indispensable.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $1
Europe/Other $1
Asia/Pacific $27
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