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The impossible modernist: an ‘outsider’ view

Professor Akira Tatehata, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Museum director and Emily Kame Kngwarreye exhibition curator Akira Tatehata explores the ironies of ‘the impossible modernist’ from another cultural space, as a Japanese man steeped in his own culture and an international art curator and academic.

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Late-style modernist: a ‘boundary rider’ view

Djon Mundine, Campbelltown Arts Centre

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Indigenous art curator Djon Mundine examines the art of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, drawing parallels with other late-style female artists to deepen the understanding of Emily and her work beyond the local perspective.

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An artist first and foremost

Christopher Hodges, Utopia Art Sydney

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Artist and gallery owner Christopher Hodges, who had a close association with Emily Kame Kngwarreye, affirms her position as an abstract artist and provides insights into how her thinking was reflected in the Emily exhibition in Japan.

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New directions

Gwen Horsfield and Chrischona Schmidt, Australian National University

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Chrischona Schmidt examines Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s role as painter in the community of Utopia and Gwen Horsfield looks at Australia’s participation at the Venice Biennale 1978-2007, where Emily was one of the featured Australian artists.

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye: her place in Australian art

Susan McCulloch

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Art writer and critic Susan McCulloch discusses the significance of Emily Kame Kngwarreye in twentieth-century Australian art, her contribution to its development and the stylistic breakthroughs of her work.

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‘Why do those fellas paint like me …?’ Emily Kame Kngwarreye symposium welcome and introduction

Dennis Grant, Dr Margo Neale and Agnes Shea

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

The National Museum’s Margo Neale and Dennis Grant welcome participants to the Emily Kame Kngwarreye symposium, for the exchange of cultural perspectives by Australian and Japanese speakers. Includes a welcome by Ngunnawal elder Agnes Shea.

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Japanese responses to the Emily exhibition

Chiaki Ajoika, Hitomi Toku and Mayumi Uchida

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Art historian Chiaki Ajoika, Aboriginal art consultant Mayumi Uchida and Australian Embassy official Hitomi Toku discuss Japanese responses to the Osaka and Tokyo exhibitions of Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s work, with Ronin Films managing director Andrew Pike.

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Emily as located historian: the Camel Lady narrates a history of discovery without 1788

Professor Ann McGrath, Australian National University

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Historian Ann McGrath discusses paintings as agents of history, bringing history into the present. She looks at the work of Emily Kame Kngwarreye to investigate how paintings tell different stories depending on where they are presented.

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Emily Kngwarreye’s practice of painting: an international perspective

Professor Terry Smith, University of Pittsburgh, United States

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Art historian Terry Smith explores how Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s work operates between the evolution of Indigenous and non-Indigenous art in Australia. He draws comparisons with the achievements of contemporary European artists.

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The possible modernist: an ‘insider’ view

Dr Ian McLean, University of Western Australia

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Art historian Ian McLean offers a view based on the Australian post-colonial experience, arguing that Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s form of modernism is different from international modernism in both source and history.

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