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[exhibition review]

AUSTRALIA

Papunya Tula

A Great Contemporary Art Movement

Joan Kerr


TURKEY TOLSON TJUPURRULA, Straightening Spears at Ilyingaungau, 1990, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 181.5 x 243.5 cm, collection the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

It was no surprise when Sydney critics invited to nominate the best art exhibition of 2000 unanimously chose 'Papunya Tula'. This was a landmark exhibition, the moment when Aboriginal art was definitively shown to be neither alien nor emulative but the indisputable leader in Australian art generally. It will be remembered not only for dissolving…

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