Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists
by Vivien Johnson
IAD Press, 2008, [First Edition], ISBN 9781864650907, colour and black and white photographs throughout, decorated endpapers, colour photographic title page, oversized hardcover with illustrated boards, dustjacket (additional bookmark included)
Near Fine Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, no inscriptions, dustjacket shows minor edge and shelf wear (see photographs)
“Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists chronicles the beginnings of the Western Desert art movement and the phenomenal development of its founding art company over four decades. Through comprehensive and widely researched biographies of more than 200 men and women the book illuminates lives balanced between first contact and international stardom, poverty and record auction prices.
In the early 1970s, a small group of Western Desert ‘painting men’ at Papunya in Central Australia seized the opportunity to experiment with new techniques and materials, producing vibrant and innovative works that give enduring expression to their powerful tjukurrpa (Dreamings). In the years since, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd has made a profound contribution to the Western Desert art movement and international contemporary art.
Over 25 years in the making, Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists celebrates both the individual lives of the artists and their cooperative endeavour. It showcases the importance of what they shar: family and country, significant sites, tjukurrpa and life histories.
Illustrated with numerous candid photographs and key artworks, this book charts the historical landscape of the Papunya Tula artists, revealing a collective creative achievement of rare genius.”