Beyond Sacred II: Australian Aboriginal Art - the collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty
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Colin and Elizabeth Laverty began collecting Aboriginal art more than twenty years ago. They have travelled widely in Central, Western and northern Australia and repeatedly visited various Aboriginal communities. Their collection was described by Nicholas Rothwell as 'the most important private collection of Indigenous art in the country'.
The bookBeyond Sacredshowcases the depth of the Laverty collection. The 2008 first edition sold out after receiving glowing reviews and production awards. It was chosen in the Australian Art Market Report's list of top ten books for 2008, was awarded a Distinction at the Australian Graphic Design Association awards and won its category at the Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards. This new expanded 400-page second edition brings the total number of high-quality colour images to more than 300, showing work by 130 artists from 38 remote communities.
This book is a comprehensive, visually stunning survey of the very best of Australian Aboriginal art today. It features the work of internationally renowned artists such as Rover Thomas, Emily Kngwarreye and John Mawurndjul as well as newer discoveries such as Daniel Walbidi, Alma Webou, Christine Yukenbarri, Samuel Namundja, Baluka Maymuru, Wukun Wanambi and Sally Gabori.
The book contains contributions from eminent art scholars Professor Howard Morphy, director of the Research School of Humanities at the Australian National University; Judith Ryan, senior curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria and Will Owen, an American collector, commentator and writer of the blog 'Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye'. Included also are region-specific essays by local art advisors, who discuss the artists and art traditions in their remote communities.
The Lavertys have lent, by request, more than 300 different Aboriginal artworks by 98 different artists to more than 60 galleries in Australia, including the National, all state and many regional galleries. Paintings by 48 different artists have also been lent by request, to prestigious museums in 12 countries overseas, including the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the Hayward Gallery in London, the Tinguely Museum in Basel, the National Museum of Art in Osaka, the National Art Centre in Tokyo and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany.
This book is a must for anyone interested in the best of recent remote community Aboriginal art.