How to Collect Aboriginal Art — Starting a Collection

Starting a Collection

A collection is a curious thing. The best can be far greater than the sum of its individual parts. If it is put together with care, love, and scholarship, it can be enlightening and provide a genuine service to those that seek to understand the subject that it covers.

  • Author: Adrian Newstead
  • Issue: 6

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How to Collect Aboriginal Art — What Makes an Indigenous Artist Important

The importance of an indigenous artist can be related to both their cultural role and their creative output. Most of the determining factors that work in the contemporary and international art markets hold true for indigenous art as well.
  • Author: Adrian Newstead
  • Issue: 7

Calendar of Events

List of exhibitions and events coming up on the Cooee Calendar

Next in Series - How to Collect Aboriginal Art - & Calendar of Events

A collection is a curious thing. The best can be far greater than the sum of its individual parts. If it is put together with care, love, and scholarship, it can be enlightening and provide a genuine service to those that seek to understand the subject that it covers.

Auction Artwork Review - Lot #36 Lin Onus, Fish and Storm Clouds (Guyi Na Ngawalngwal) - 1994

Specialist Adrian Newstead discusses the artwork by Lin Onus in the May 29th, 2018 Auction Auction Artwork Review - Lot #36 Lin Onus, Fish and Storm Clouds (Guyi Na Ngawalngwal) - 1994

by:   published: 19th May 2018

Invitation - Gala Preview Auction Thursday 24th May 2018

Invitation - Gala Preview Auction Thursday 24th May 2018

Anita Archer as Auctioneer Cooee Art MarketPlace May 2018 Auction

Anita Archer is an independent art consultant based in Melbourne, Australia. Her consultancy specialises in Australian, Indigenous and Asian Contemporary Art. Archer graduated with an honours degree in Art History from University of Leicester and completed post-graduate studies with Sotheby’s in London. She was the first female auctioneer in Western Australia and has spent many years as an independent auctioneer leading sales in Australia, Jakarta, Singapore and Hong Kong.  Through the platform of Pegasos5, Archer has facilitated the participation and engagement of Asian artists into Australian and international art events. She is currently completing a PhD on Global Art Markets at University of Melbourne.

Auction Catalogue Announcement

Online sales are the single most rapidly expanding sector of the fine art market. According to a survey in 2014, 71% of recipients had bought art online, sight unseen, and 89% of galleries regularly sell artworks to clients on the basis of a digital image only[1]. Since then, from 2015 to 2017, online art sales have grown at an average of 17% per year.

My Country - Kudditji Kngwarreye

21st July to 4th August 2018
Location: Paddington Cooee Art Gallery
Address: 326 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021

Cought in the Wind

5th to 19th July 2018
Location: Paddington Cooee Art Gallery
Address: 326 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021

The Dealer is the Devil

An Insider's History of the Aboriginal Art Trade
by Adrian Newstead OAM
foreword Djon Mundine OAMpublisher Brandl & Schlesinger

Part road trip, part memoir, part history, part political commentary, The Dealer is the Devil is illuminatingly thought-provoking and provocative. It is an incredibly exciting and fast paced account of the fluctuating fortunes and exponential success of the Aboriginal art movement, with all of the elements one would expect of a complex drama, played out on a national and international stage.

"Every rock, every hill, every water, I know that place backwards and forwards, up and down, inside out. It`s my country and I got names for every place."

Queenie McKenzie at Black Fellas Creek, Old Texas, 1995
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