18th Biennale of Sydney announces artists - Art Collector

Makinti Napanangka, Untitled, 2008. Acrylic on linen, 153 x 122 cm.

16 March 2012 | Titled All our relations , the 18th Biennale of Sydney will present works by more than 100 artists from Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. Nearly half will present works created specifically for the biennale.

Makinti Napanangka is among 19 Australian artists selected. Napanangka, who passed away in January last year, was a leading figure in the Western Desert art movement and a shareholder and director at Papunya Tula Artists. Her large-scale paintings will be exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Her works largely feature her birthplace, Lupul, by the border of Western Australia and the Northern Territory, where she had her first contact with Europeans as a child seeing men travelling on camels.

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu from Yirrkala in north-east Arnhem Land will also be presenting work in the biennale, exhibiting an animation series titled
Light Painting. The work is a projection taken from a set of 110 drawings created in white-paint pen on clear acetates.

Jonathan Jones will be presenting an installation on Cockatoo Island. The work is a shell midden from oyster shells and broken teacups, highlighting Sydney’s historical links with Aboriginal culture. Jones will also present a fluorescent light installation inside a tunnel on the island.

Other Australian artists included in the biennale are Alick Tipoti, Dorothy Naangardi, Gabriella Mangano, Silvana Mangano, Jonathan Jones, Judy Watson, Lyndal Jones, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Ross Rudesch Harley, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Tim Johnson, Jess MacNeil, John Wolseley, Khaled Sabsabi, Phatawan Suwannakudt, David Aspden and Alexis Destoop.

Zoe Wilesmith

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