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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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Marion Demozay
Title: Gatherings II: Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
Price: $38.50 in Australia
$35.00 for Export.
BB79, 2006
Paperback 224 pages, publisher Keeaira Press
23 x 23 cm
This book features over 100 practising Indigenous artists from Queensland.
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Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $16.5
North America $33
Europe/Other $33
Asia/Pacific $33
Philip Jones
Title: Behind the Doors: An art history from Yuendumu
Price: $35.20 in Australia
$32.00 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.
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Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $13.2
North America $33
Europe/Other $33
Asia/Pacific $29
Vivien Johnson
Title: Streets of Papunya: The Reinvention of Papunya Painting
Price: $49.50 in Australia
$45.00 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.
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Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $13.2
North America $33
Europe/Other $33
Asia/Pacific $29
Alison French, National Gallery of Australia
Title: Seeing the Centre - The Art of Albert Namatjira
Price: $59.40 in Australia
$54.00 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.
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Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $16.5
North America $29
Europe/Other $38
Asia/Pacific $27
Adrian Parker, Kangaroo Press
Title: Images in Ochre
Price: $23.10 in Australia
$21.00 for Export.
BB20, 1997
Paperback 96 pages
This is an attractive introduction to the paintings on bark and on didgeridoos by the Kunwinjku artists of Western Arnhem Land. Colour illustrations show the techniques used by the artists in preparing and working on the materials. There are also numerous reproductions of paintings on bark by leading Kunwinjku artists.
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Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $9.9
North America $19
Europe/Other $25
Asia/Pacific $16
Geoffrey Bardon, JB Books
Title: Papunya Tula: Art of the Western Desert
Price: $33.00 in Australia
$30.00 for Export.
BB11, 1999
Paperback 140 pages
Geoffrey Bardon was the first art adviser and teacher at Papunya during the growth of the great Western Desert art movement in the 1970s. He gives his personal account of the way the movement developed, and includes sensitive portraits of the leading artists and fine examples of their work.
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Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $9.9
North America $29
Europe/Other $38
Asia/Pacific $27
Howard Morphy and Margo Smith Boles, University of Virginia
Title: Art From the Land - Dialogues with the Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art
Price: $77.00 in Australia
$70.00 for Export.
BB07, 1999
Paperback 266 pages
This richly illustrated book, covering a major collection in the USA, is accompanied by excellent essays.
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Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $11
North America $55
Europe/Other $75
Asia/Pacific $52
Jennifer Isaacs, Hardie Grant Books
Title: Spirit Country: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art
Price: $60.50 in Australia
$55.00 for Export.
BB14, 1999
Paperback 240 pages
This book draws on the Gantner Myer collection to provide the focus for a selection of essays, detailed notes about paintings and biographical portraits from the various regions of Australia. It contains some superb examples illustrated in large format.
Quantity 
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $11
North America $55
Europe/Other $75
Asia/Pacific $52
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