Nyapanyapa Yunupingu’s Djorra Drawings

Installation view of Nyapanyapa Yunupingu’s “Djorra” (2014-15)

“I am drawing on paper. These are not special stories. I am drawing my ideas. Stories from my head. I am still working. Drawing lines, work like this one…I am drawing trees on my paper. The picture is about the trees. More branches on that tree. As I am working on my story, I am thinking of the next one.”–Nyapanyapa Yunupingu

This work is on view in Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia through September 9, 2018.

Welcoming Nara Park and Ellington Robinson to the Collection

Ellington Robinson (left) and Nara Park (right) discuss their work at the Phillips

Ellington Robinson (left) and Nara Park (right) discuss their work at the Phillips

On Thursday, August 23, the Phillips welcomed Nara Park and Ellington Robinson to discuss their artworks which were recently acquired by the museum through the Contemporaries Acquisition Fund. The artworks were selected for acquisition by the Contemporaries Steering Committee, with the guidance of Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenović and the approval of the Director.

The Contemporaries Acquisition Fund was established in 1996 as a way to create deeper engagement with young professionals with philanthropic aspirations and interest in contemporary art and collecting. By participating first-hand in the museum acquisition process, young patrons gain experience in collecting practices while also helping expand the Phillips’s permanent holdings. Active through 2008, the Fund amassed more than 20 works of art—mostly photography—that date from the early to mid-20th century. The Fund was reinstated in 2017 with an aim to further grow the collection with contemporary artworks.

Visit the Phillips to see the new works along with photographs acquired by the Contemporaries over the years. For information about the Contemporaries—the Phillips’s young professionals group—visit PhillipsCollection.org/contemporaries or contact membership@phillipscollection.org.

Nara Park, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenović, and Ellington Robinson

Left to right: Nara Park, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenović, and Ellington Robinson. Photo: Ray A. Llanos, 2018 (All rights reserved. ray@rayllanos.com @rayllanos)

Disillusioned I by Nara Park

Nara Park, Disillusioned I, 2017, Plastic laminate and monofilament, 105 x 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. Contemporaries Acquisition Fund, 2018

Never Forget On Ice by Ellington Robinson

Ellington Robinson, “Never Forget” on Ice, 2013, Acrylic, collage, found objects, and glue on vintage mirror, 38 x 53 x 2 in. Contemporaries Acquisition Fund, 2018

The Great Salt Lake Tjitjiti in Carlene West’s Paintings

Installation view of Carlene West’s work in Marking the Infinite.

Whereas Carlene West’s early work conforms closely to traditional iconography, after returning to Tjitjiti in 2009— the first time since her childhood—her style underwent a rapid transformation. Formal symbolic and narrative elements receded, giving way to more expressive painting. Depicted in swaths of white, the great salt lake Tjitjiti also found greater prominence. West’s paintings offer a metaphor for the connection between place and Indigenous identity. Anthropologist John Carty notes, “Carlene’s marks are the traces of meaningful action; of the actions that made the world, and that continue to make the world meaningful; of the artist becoming an ancestor.”

This work is on view in Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia through September 9, 2018.