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We are delighted to announce the results of our dynamic multi-vendor auction held in our Paddington premises on Tuesday the 3rd of December. The auction featured 99 lots from collections in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States valued at between $1.0 million and $1.3 million. 

by: Adrain Newstead   published: 11th December 2019

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

Commercial implications of newly announced changes to the Moveable Cultural Heritage Act in relation to exporting Australian Indigenous art.

Cooee Art recognises that retaining Australian culturally significant objects is vital to the nation’s identity and respects the work of Mr Shane Simpson AM.

by: Adrian Newstead   published: 20th December 2018

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).


17th to 22nd June 2021
Auction: 22nd June 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Cooee Art Redfern
Address: 17 Thurlow Street Redfern


27th May to 8th June 2021
Auction: 8th June 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Cooee Art Paddington
Address: 17 Thurlow Street Redfern NSW 2016

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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