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Aboriginal Art BooksAboriginal Art Books


Aboriginal art books cover a wide range of topics and regions. Below and on the following pages is a careful 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 and Australian prehistory.

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Judith Ryan
Title: Land Marks
Price: $49.50 in Australia
$45.00 for Export.
BB56, 2006
Softcover 144 pages
24 x 29 cm
This beautifully illustrated publication documents the Land Marks exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2006. It features full colour plates, location map and essays by Judith Ryan and others.
Quantity 
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $11
North America $29
Europe/Other $38
Asia/Pacific $27
Warlayirti Artists
Title: Eubena Nampitjin - Art and Life
Price: $39.60 in Australia
$36.00 for Export.
BB53, 2006
Paperback 88 pages 22 x 30 cm
This publication celebrates the art and life of Eubena Nampitjin, one of the greatest Aboriginal artists and the leading contemporary artist of Balgo. It contains 48 colour illustrations of Eubena's work from the mid 1980s to the present as well as essays on her life (by Samantha Togni with Eubena and her daughter Jane Gimme) and her art (by Judith Ryan).
Quantity 
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $9.9
North America $29
Europe/Other $38
Asia/Pacific $27
Judith Ryan
Title: Colour Power: Aboriginal Art Post 1984 in the Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria
Price: $49.50 in Australia
$45.00 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.
Quantity 
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $11
North America $42
Europe/Other $55
Asia/Pacific $38
Sally Butler
Title: Our Way: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Lockhart River
Price: $79.20 in Australia
$72.00 for Export.
BB52, 2007
Hardcover 160 pages, University of Queensland Press
22.5 x 26.5 cm
This book surveys the art of a group of gifted young Aboriginal artists from far north Queensland's Lockhart River community. The artists include Rosella Namok, Samantha Hobson, Fiona Omeenyo and Silas Hobson. The "art gang", as they are known, have produced some of the most innovative contemporary Australian art in recent times.
Quantity 
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $9.9
North America $42
Europe/Other $55
Asia/Pacific $38
Howard Morphy, Phaidon
Title: Aboriginal Art
Price: $44.00 in Australia
$40.00 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.
Quantity 
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $11
North America $30
Europe/Other $38
Asia/Pacific $27
Christine Nicholls
Title: Art History Place
Price: $19.80 in Australia
$18.00 for Export.
BB49, 2003
Paperback 40 pages 24 x 25 cm
This book gives a clear history and explanation of Central and Western Desert art and how it reflects the belief system and Law of Aboriginal people. Its iconographic style is discussed and an introduction to interpreting 'traditional' Indigenous art is provided. Colour images of visual art works by artists using symbolic and figurative elements are included. Explanations of why traditional Indigenous art from other parts of Australia differ in design and techniques, and how recent history and other factors have influenced contemporary Indigenous art are given.
Quantity 
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $5.5
North America $15
Europe/Other $18
Asia/Pacific $13
Seear, L, Allen L, Mundine D, Quaill A et al.
Title: Story Place - Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest
Price: $60.50 in Australia
$55.00 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.
Quantity 
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $11
North America $45
Europe/Other $55
Asia/Pacific $38
Anangaku Arts
Title: Tjukurpa Pulkatjara: The Power of the Law
Price: $39.60 in Australia
$36.00 for Export.
BB71, 2010
Soft cover, 180 pages, Wakefield Press
21 x 28 cm
This book celebrates the works of 48 senior artists from the tri-state region in the far north west of South Australia and the work of their Aboriginal-owned community art centres. The artists are at the heart of the contemporary Indigenous art movement and include: Jimmy Baker, Maringka Baker, Wingu Tingima, Tommy Mitchell, Harry Tjutjuna and Dicky Minyintri among others.
Quantity 
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $11
North America $29
Europe/Other $38
Asia/Pacific $27
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