Introducation - Aboriginal Works of Art June 4th 2019

Welcome to the first Cooee Art MarketPlace Aboriginal Fine Art offering for 2019. Our June 4th multi-vendor auction features 105 lots including 36 works from the estate of collector and art enthusiast Mike Chandler. The estimated value is $750,000 - $1.4 million. Sale highlights include a highly significant early Papunya board by Johnny Scobie Tjapanangka (Lot No. 16) that has been returned to Australia from the US. Women’s Dreaming, 1972, 63 x 72.5 cm, estimated at $40,000-60,000, is believed to be the only painting that Scobie created during the Bardon years. An illustration of this work and accompanying notes including a copy of the original field note and drawing is reproduced in Geoffrey Bardon and James Bardon’s magnum opus on the origins of the Western Desert Painting Movement.* An even earlier Papunya board, Lot No.15, is a genuine sleeper. Created in 1971 it was just the fourth painting ever created by Johnny Warrangkula Tjupurrula and carries the very conservative estimate of $8,000-11,000.

by: Adrian Newstead   published: 15th May 2019

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Seasons Greetings 2018

Dear Friends of Cooee Art, Thank you to all our friends, collectors, and artists for your support in 2018 – what a momentous year!

OPENING NEXT WEEK | Betty Bundamurra | Wandjina's Assistant | 8th December 2018

Betty Bundamurra | Wandjina's Assistant Cooee Art Gallery Paddington 326 Oxford Street, Paddington 8 - 22 December 2018 Opening: Saturday 8th December 2-4pm

Invitation - Gala Preview Auction Thursday 22nd November 2018

Invitation - Gala Preview Auction Thursday 22nd November 2018

ABF invitation: Emu Runner screening

The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation is delighted to invite you to its private screening of the feature film Emu Runner (one of three 2018 ABF grant recipients).

AUCTION Tuesday 27th November 7pm | Catalogue up now

Gala Preview Date: Thursday 22nd November 2019 | 6 - 8 pm AUCTION Tuesday 27th November 7pm Auction Date: Tuesday 29th November 2019 | 7pm Start Location: 326 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW, 2021

Next in Series - How to Collect Aboriginal Art - Outsider Art

Despite everything I have advised previously, there are paintings, artefacts and objects that are highly desirable in spite of their low score due to the historical period or social circumstances that existed at the time they were created. They include extremely rare fine examples of material culture, highly individual examples of ‘outsider art’, works of quality created by unknown or barely recognised artists, or items created by important artists that found their way in to the market under serendipitous circumstances. These anomalies account for a tiny part of the vast body of material culture that has been produced by artists of many different cultures, including indigenous artists since first contact with Europeans but they should never be discounted.

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


6th to 10th December 2019


5th to 10th December 2019
Auction: 10th December 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Cooee Art Paddington Gallery
Address: 326 Oxford Street Paddington NSW 2026 Australia

Gala Preview

5th December 2019
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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