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PINCHBECK, Cara (editor)

Yirrkala drawings

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Edited by Cara Pinchbeck with essays by Andrew Blake, Howard Morphy and John Stanton. Sydney : Art Gallery of New South Wales in association with the University of Western Australia, [2013]. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 176, illustrated.

‘In 1946–47 the senior ceremonial leaders of the Yirrkala region produced 365 vibrant crayon drawings on paper for the anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt. Held by the Berndt Museum of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia, the works have never been shown in any great number. In an unexpected palette of brilliant red, blue, yellow, green and black, they depict in exquisite detail the complexities of Yolngu life and cultural inheritance. They include works by those who became leading artists, including Mawalan and Wandjuk Marika, Munggurrawuy Yunupingu, Narritjin Maymuru and Wongu Mununggurr. The descendants of these artists continue to produce artworks, and a selection of these will also be displayed.’ – the Gallery