Conceived by prominent Australian art consultant Adrian Newstead OAM and Indigenous art curator Djon Mundine OAM, for Sao Paulo’s Caixa Cultural, the exhibition 'O Tempo Dos Sonhos: Arte Aborígene Contemporânea da Austrália' seeks to show how Australian Aboriginal art developed from its origins in utilitarian and ceremonial items, cave painting, ground constructions and body art, into the most dynamic contemporary art movement of the late 20th century*. This project was conceived in coordination with 2Levels Exhibitions.
This exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, artefacts, and fine art prints spanning the period of 60 years. The artworks are drawn from the extensive collection of more than 2000 individual pieces in the collection of the oldest exhibiting Indigenous art gallery in Australia, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, along with works borrowed from a number of prominent private collections.
It is planned to continue touring Brazil through 2017 before being shown in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Santiago Chile and other South American capitals.
2014 - Heroic Narrative – Indigenous Art from the Australian Desert, Sao Paolo, Brazil
This exhibition was part of the Uluru International festival of Australian food and art held in Brazil 2014. Cooee Art worked in conjunction with 2Levels Exhibitions. Cooee Art presented an immersive and innovative cross-cultural experience. Aboriginal contemporary painting from the Australian Desert, fine dining, classical music, book launch, and public talks. More information availible...
Over one hundred works in three separate locations representing the diversity and history of the genre. Organised to coincide with the Seattle Art Museum exhibition "Ancient Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan Levi Collection" The exhibition included works from desert regions, Arnhem land, the Kimberley, Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands.
2008 - Emily Kngwarreye and her Legacy – Art Front Gallery, Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan
In conjunction with the opening of the landmark retrospective exhibition Utopia-The Genius of Emily Kngwarreye at the National Art Centre Tokyo, Japan, Coo-ee Art Sydney and Hillside Forum presented the exhibition Emily’s Gift, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Utopia art movement.
In addition to Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s magnificent paintings, Japanese art lovers were presented with a number of fine contemporary paintings by the most important of her successors. Artists included are Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre, Abie Loy Kemare, and the Ngal sisters, Kathleen, Poly and Angelina. In dotted mosaic and subtle shifts of colour, each artist presented her own sophisticated representations of the flora, and the geographical sites related to the their country in the vast reaches of Australia’s Eastern Desert.
Black Art – White Walls – The Adrian and Anne Newstead Indigenous Art Collection
A touring exhibition comprising 60 works curated by Djon Mundine from the extensive collection belonging to a couple who have devoted more than 35 years to working with Aboriginal artists and their communities throughout Australia.
Built through personal relationships, serendipity, and a keen sense of historical and cultural importance it stands distinctly apart from those of casual collectors. It is an expression of relationships, culture, spirituality, the land and kinship. The Newstead collection represents a linear history of Aboriginal art and craft from the earliest days of the movement, through to the establishment of the earliest art centres, and beyond this, into the mainstreaming of Aboriginal art and its national and international acceptance as a dynamic contemporary art movement.
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2015 - Warlpiri Enterprise Development and Artist’s Training Workshop – Lajamanu N.T.
This workshop involved more than 20 individual artists from Lajamanu and Kalkarindji as well as their workshop managers and staff. While the artists explored new painting techniques and colour theory the managers and senior Indigenous staff were engaged in discussions about licensed product, and contracts. Further sessions were held for all participants on the Indigenous Art Code, Resale Royalties and understanding how the retail/wholesale chain works – ie the Money Story from the perspective of artists, community art centres and galleries. Facilitators were Steve Culley, Louisa Erglis and Mirri Leven with Adrian and Anne Newstead providing support.
2013 - Extension and Upgrade of the Port Macquarie Base Hospital
Cooee Art provided delivery framework, indicative project scope and budget for incorporation of Indigenous designs.
Planned and coordinated painting workshop involving 12 Birpai artists representing family groups and local Indigenous stakeholders, under the guidance of prominent artist, teacher and designer Steve Culley, director of Desert Designs.
Assisted architects (Hassel) to adapt artworks for
Selected and copyright cleared Thomas Dick historic photographs for installation down the main corridor of the building.
2012 - Warlpiri Fabrics feature at Sydney fashion Week
In a unique collaboration with Cooee Art and Desert Designs, Indian fashion designer Roopa Pemmaraju worked with Aboriginal artists to create a unique cross-cultural collection that was unveiled at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
The team enlisted the artists from Warnayaka Art Centre, Lajamanu and Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation to create a resort collection amalgamating their paintings with handmade Indian fabrics.
The result was a collection of flowing kaftans, loose dresses and tops in earthy prints with flashes of burnt orange, cobalt and green. The digitally and block-printed garments were constructed from silk handmade in India, where Pemmaraju also worked with local artisans who hand beaded belts and trims.