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

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Reminder: Opening today 2pm - Remembering Dorothy Napangardi | And they danced their way across country

Dorothy Napangardi | And they danced their way across country - OPENING 20th October 2018 2:00 - 4:00 pm 326 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021

How to Collect Aboriginal Art — Branding Your Collection

Giving your collection a name is one of the best mechanisms for building its value available to any clever collector. If you prefer to maintain your anonymity, give your collection a name anyway; just not your own.
  • Author: Adrian Newstead
  • Issue: 10

How To Collect Aboriginal Art - Provenance

Provenance is one of the most universally misunderstood concepts in art, most particularly in Aboriginal art. Provenance is the imprimatur conferred upon an artwork due to the entire history of its existence. It is a movable feast that only begins with how the artwork finds its way into the market and on to a client’s wall.

Reminder: Opening Saturday 22 September 2018 - Urban Walkabout

To be opened by John Wakefield Major of Waverley. To book a seat on the Cooee Shuttle Bus to take you on your Urban Walkabout, contact us at info@cooeeart.com.au. 10:30am | Shuttle bus pickup at Cooee Art Paddington to Cooee Art Bondi 11:00am | Alien[N]ation – Cooee Art Bondi 31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi 22nd September - 3rd November 2018 12:30pm | Seaweed Mob – Bondi Beach Sea Wall Bondi Beach permanent installation 1:30pm | Blak Douglas | How fast are you going now? Solo Exhibition – Cooee Art Paddington 326 Oxford Street, Paddington 22nd September - 13th October 2018 2:30pm | Return shuttle bus pick up at Cooee Art Bondi to Cooee Art Paddington

Opening Today: Cooee Art Gallery @ Sydney Contemporary - Booth A06

Cooee Art at Sydney Contemporary 2018 - Booth A06 Key Dates: Opening Night - Thurs 13th Sept 5 - 9pm General Fair Opening Hours: Thurs 13th 12 - 5pm Fri 14th 12 - 8pm Sat 15th & Sun 16th 11am - 6pm

Cooee Art @ Sydney Contemporary 2018 Booth A06

Cooee Art at Sydney Contemporary 2018 - Booth A06 Key Dates: Opening Night - Thurs 13th Sept 5 - 9pm General Fair Opening Hours: Thurs 13th 12 - 5pm Fri 14th 12 - 8pm Sat 15th & Sun 16th 11am - 6pm

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Gala Dinner & Fundraising Art Auction 2018

Special Guest & Patron of the Foundation Djon Mundine OAM Tuesday 4 September 2018 6.00 - 10.00 PM Chatswood Golf Club

How to Collect Aboriginal Art — Provenance

Provenance is one of the most universally misunderstood concepts in art, most particularly in Aboriginal art.
  • Author: Adrian Newstead
  • Issue: 9

Opening Today: Joshua Bonson | Skin

Join Cooee in our Paddington gallery today to welcome the artist Joshua Bonson for this first solo exhibition

Opening Saturday 25th August Joshua Bonson Skin - ABF Fundraising Auction

Cooee Art Gallery is delighted to present SKIN, the first solo show in Sydney for Darwin-based artist Joshua Bonson OPENING SATURDAY 25th AUGUST 2018, 2pm. The exhibition will be on view at Cooee Art Gallery Paddington until the 8th September 2018. Bonson shares stories of his Indigenous heritage through his work. SKIN is a celebration of his family's totem - The Saltwater Crocodile - and his personal view of the world. ABF Fundraising Auction - 'Gone Bush'

Call for entries & Next in Series - How to Collect Aboriginal Art - Aesthetic Considerations

The Three C’s - Content, Composition, Condition In common with others the world over, Aboriginal artists develop their art practice from youth to old age and, as they do so, their medium and imagery passes through many developmental stages. Some achieve notoriety relatively early in their careers, while others do not achieve wide recognition until after their death, by which time their paintings may sell for far more than anything they were paid during their lifetime. In retrospect, we are able to look at an artist’s output (their oeuvre) and determine those periods and styles that have struck a stronger chord, were more successfully realised, and, as a consequence, hold greater affection in the collective imagination.

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23rd to 27th November 2018

ABORIGINAL WORKS OF ART | NOVEMBER 2018

22nd to 27th November 2018
Auction: 27th November 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Cooee Art Paddington
Address: 326 Oxford Street Paddington NSW 2026 Australia

Gala Preview

22nd November 2018
From: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: 326 Oxford Street Paddington NSW 2026 Australia

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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