Aboriginal Masters Exhibition at Olsen Irwin; main gallery © Olsen Irwin
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June 2015 – Sotheby’s London
We are delighted to announce that Sothebys innaugural London sale of Aboriginal Art on 10 June 2015 was a great success, realising over £1,040.000.00 (A$2,117,000.00) in sales from just 75 lots offered, achieving 91% by value, and 83% by lot. Highlights included setting the two highest prices ever achieved for a bark painting at auction, with Jack Karedada’s Wanjina selling for £100,000 (A$199,540) and Alec Mingelmanganu’s Wanjina (Austral Gothic), selling for £93,750 (A$187,069). World auction records were also set for an Aboriginal shield, with a Lower Murray River Broad Shield achieving £87,500 (A$174,598), and amongst the numerous new artist’s auction records set was Ningura Naparrula’s, Woman’s Birth Site at the Rockhole Site of Wirrulnga, selling for £77,500 (A$154,644).
For auction results please see here
March 2015 – Tim Klingender appointed as Senior Consultant, Australian Art to Sotheby’s London
Tim Klingender has been appointed as Senior Consultant, Australian Art, to Sotheby’s London and will present Sotheby’s first London sale in the field of Aboriginal Art on 10 June 2015, showcasing artworks spanning more than 200 years by Indigenous Australians. This landmark auction is the first to be held by a major auction house outside of Australia and is centred around selected works from the Thomas Vroom Collection, one of Europe’s largest, most valuable and significant collections.
On long-term loan as the cornerstone of the AAMU, Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Utrecht, the Thomas Vroom Collection includes within it important items from the anthropological collections of Lance Bennett, Kim Akerman and Dr. Joeph Birdsell, and includes early artefacts, figurative carvings, many rare erotic bark paintings and major contemporary canvases by celebrated artists including Rover Thomas and Emily Kngwarreye.
At the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC on December 3 2013, Tim Klingender participated in The Cultural Heritage Forum – a discussion on issues surrounding Australia’s Indigenous art internationally and how this sits in context to cultural heritage activities worldwide. Presented on the occasion of the exhibition Icons of the Desert, exhibited at the Embassy of Australia gallery in Washington DC from October 2013 through to January 2014.
The Hon Kim Beazley AO, Australia’s Ambassador to the USA, and
Dr Margo Smith, Director of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at University of Virginia, invited three panelists to participate in this forum. The other two panelists were Margaret L. Archuleta, a curator of Native American art and a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of New Mexico, and Professor Fred Myers, Chair of Anthropology at New York University, who conducted fieldwork with Aboriginal artists in the Western Desert during the early 1970s.