Tony Bond merges Aboriginal and contemporary galleries - Art Collector

8 June 2010 | Tony Bond is merging his two Adelaide galleries - Gallery 139 and AP Bond - which will now operate under the single banner of AP Bond Contemporary and Aboriginal Art. For the past year the galleries have sat side by side on Magill Road but will now merge at 139 Magill Road in Stepney.

The move represents a loosening of the boundaries between the contemporary and Aboriginal art shown by Bond. ''It's great to see how coherently the contemporary artwork and the Indigenous artwork hang together. So many Indigenous works are based in expressionist or abstract styles which complements the contemporary artworks by the emerging artists we also work with,'' he says.

Bond says that while the stable of artists is ''being condensed'' the gallery will maintain an interest in showing emerging South Australian artists and is considering introducing interstate and international artists in 2011.

Bond adds: ''We will continue working with Papunya Tula Artists, Martumili Artists, Ian Abdulla, Harry Wedge and the Yulparija Artists of Bidyadanga. In addition to these communities we have added three new South Australian communities: Ninuku Arts, Mimili Maku Artists and Iwantja Arts.''

At the 17 June launch the gallery will present Mimili Maku Arts 2010, paintings by indigenous artists from the Mimili Maku community in the APY Lands. The exhibition includes works by Milatjari Pumani.

Jane O'Sullivan

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