Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Exploring Aboriginal Art Prints with Dean Dass • Tuesday March 30, 2010

Jean Baptiste Apuatimi

Dean Dass, Professor of Studio Art at the University of Virginia, will explore Aboriginal art prints in the exhibition Etched in the Sun: Prints by Australian Indigenous Artists on Thursday, April 1, at 7:00 pm at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. Dass will explain the processes used to create fine art prints including linoleum block, etching, and silkscreen. Several folios of prints that are not on display will be shown to program attendees. We will also discuss what to look for when purchasing fine art prints and provide information on availability of prints in the exhibit.

The lecture is free, but space is limited and advance reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call 434 244-0234 or email the Kluge-Ruhe Collection.

Image: Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Jirtaka (Sawfish), 2008, Silkscreen, Courtesy of BHE, Nomad Art & Alison Kelly Gallery

Judith Ryan Lecture at Kluge-Ruhe • Thursday February 25, 2010

Judith Ryan, Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia will present a slide lecture at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection on Wednesday, March 17 at 7:00 pm. In The Raw and the Cooked: The Aesthetic Principle in Aboriginal Art, Ryan will discuss aesthetics and politics revealing how she looks at Aboriginal art.

In her lecture Ryan raises several common misconceptions regarding Aboriginal art. The idea that “art” is a European construct and that Aboriginal people have no word for “art” has frequently been cited in anthropological texts. She challenges labels, such as “dot painting,” which have reduced Aboriginal art to categories that misrepresent the diversity of practice.

Ryan has curated over forty exhibitions of Indigenous art and has published widely in the field. Her publications include Mythscapes: Aboriginal Art of the Desert; Spirit in Land: Bark Paintings from Arnhem Land; Images of Power: Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley. In 2007 Ryan guest curated Power & Beauty: Indigenous art now for Heide Museum of Modern Art. She is currently working on a blockbuster exhibition Origins: Old Masters of the Western Desert to open in September 2011.

The lecture is free, but space is limited and advance reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call 434 244-0234 or email the Kluge-Ruhe Collection.

Etched in the Sun: Prints by Indigenous Australian Artists opens • Saturday January 9, 2010

An exhibit of fine art prints opened at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection on January 12, 2010. Etched in the Sun: Prints by Indigenous Australian Artists represents 10 years of collaborative effort between artists and fine art printers. Organized by printmaker Basil Hall, Etched in the Sun includes the work of leading Indigenous artists including Judy Watson, Banduk Marika, Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Maringka Baker and others.

Since the Getting into Prints Symposium held at the then Northern Territory University in 1993, a number of highly successful, small printmaking businesses have been founded and have specialized in collaborating with Indigenous artists. Many thousands of editions of prints have been produced at workshops in Darwin including the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Print Workshop, Red Hand, and Basil Hall Editions.

Basil Hall Editions runs up to 12 workshops each year; most are hosted by government funded art centers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Some individual artists travel to Darwin to work one-on-one at the print workshop. Collaborating printers assist artists in finding a print medium which best suits their existing skills. This selection of prints includes etchings, lithographs, silkscreen and lino block prints.

The Opening Reception for this exhibit will be held on Friday, January 22, 2010 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Image: Banduk Marika, Djang’kawu from Yalangbara Suite, 2002. Courtesy of Basil Hall Editions and Nomad Art Productions.

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