JGMART: DIARY FROM AIFAF, PALM BEACH

15 February 2013

AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FINE ART FAIR, PALM BEACH, FLORIDA 5TH – 10TH FEBRUARY 2013Sent a large container filled with art in December 2012 which arrived and cleared customs by the time I got to Palm Beach on January 30th.Stayed for two weeks with Antoinette, my fantastic mother-in-law and her man, Hans...

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DR COLIN LAVERTY HAS DIED

09 February 2013

I am so sad to hear that Dr Colin Laverty passed away on February 9, aged 75. Together with his wife Elizabeth he created one of the most significant private collections of Aboriginal art in Australia. Colin and Elizabeth visited me regularly in London and were friends. He was a...

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ETHICS AND FAIR PLAY IN THE ABORIGINAL ART MARKET

01 June 2012

Aboriginal Art Market specialist, Robert Nelson, originally wrote this article for The Age newspaper in 2006, but many of its important points on ethics and fair play are still relevant today:Post-modernity and the ‘death of the author’ has bypassed the Aboriginal art market,where proof of authorship remains an illogical burden,...

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THREE PAINTERS OF HIGH DESCENT: FREDDIE TIMMS, LLOYD KWILLA, CLAUDE CARTER

01 November 2011

Ranging from wide sweeps of sandy coast with craggy red rock outcrops bordering the Indian Ocean to the vast tracts of the spinifex-covered Great Sandy and Tanami deserts, the Kimberley is one of the most widely varied and dramatic regions of Australia. And the ground ochres and pigments from its...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF 2010 IN AUSTRALIA AND LONDON

31 December 2010

In 2010 the National Gallery of Australia hosted a spectacular opening of the new gallery dedicated to their important collection of indigenous art. The project was the inspired initiative of the present Director, Ron Radford.In May I hosted an incomparable exhibition of 25 works by the spectacular Queensland artist, Sally...

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ANCIENT ABORIGINAL ART EMERGES FROM VATICAN VAULT

01 March 2010

I heard about Professor Margo Neale visiting the Vatican some months ago from my publisher and art critic friend, Susan McCulloch. I was so excited to hear the Vatican had decided to show their vast collection to the world. The recent feature in the Sydney Morning Herald should arouse interest...

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