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''Majestic'' … Hetti Perkins, Art Gallery of NSW senior curator, with the grave posts in their new more prominent position.

''Majestic'' … Hetti Perkins, Art Gallery of NSW senior curator, with the grave posts in their new more prominent position.

The brilliant Hetti Perkins returns in 'Art + Soul', series 2, on Tuesday 8 July at 8:30 pm on ABC1. Using the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra’s extraordinary Indigenous collection as the springboard, you travel with Hetti through cities and desert communities, museums and artists’ private spaces, to experience the diversity and beauty of the art, and to learn of its genesis.

The brilliant Hetti Perkins returns in 'Art + Soul', series 2, on Tuesday 8 July at 8:30 pm on ABC1. Using the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra’s extraordinary Indigenous collection as the springboard, you travel with Hetti through cities and desert communities, museums and artists’ private spaces, to experience the diversity and beauty of the art, and to learn of its genesis.

Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Bandicoot Dreaming, 1991 // “It is by the acquisition of knowledge, not material possessions, that one attains status in Aboriginal culture. Art is an expression of knowledge, and hence a statement of authority...since designs embody the power of supernatural beings, they are intended to be sensed more than viewed” (Wally Caruana, "Aboriginal Art (World of Art)". 2003)

Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Bandicoot Dreaming, 1991 // “It is by the acquisition of knowledge, not material possessions, that one attains status in Aboriginal culture. Art is an expression of knowledge, and hence a statement of authority...since designs embody the power of supernatural beings, they are intended to be sensed more than viewed” (Wally Caruana, "Aboriginal Art (World of Art)". 2003)

Until the works of Emily Kame Kngwarreye were profiled in Time, New York dealers weren't interested in Aboriginal art.

Until the works of Emily Kame Kngwarreye were profiled in Time, New York dealers weren't interested in Aboriginal art.

The winner of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Tiwi Island Artist Timothy Cook, with his work "Kulama" at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin.

The winner of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Tiwi Island Artist Timothy Cook, with his work "Kulama" at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin.

ymutate: Queenie Mckenzie, Ridge Country on the Way to Banana Springs, 1998, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Courtesy and © Estate of Queenie McKenzie: found at museum ludwig

ymutate: Queenie Mckenzie, Ridge Country on the Way to Banana Springs, 1998, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Courtesy and © Estate of Queenie McKenzie: found at museum ludwig

From Seva Frangos Art: Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra (2013)  atelier acrylic paint on 14oz canvas  diptych 120 x 180cm (each panel 120 x 90) Courtesy of the artist, Mangkaja

From Seva Frangos Art: Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra (2013) atelier acrylic paint on 14oz canvas diptych 120 x 180cm (each panel 120 x 90) Courtesy of the artist, Mangkaja

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