The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia

Edited by Stephen Gilchrist; With essays by Stephen Gilchrist, Henry F. Skerritt, Hetti Perkins, Fred Myers, Shawn C. Rowlands, Narayan Khandekar, Georgina Rayner, and Daniel P. Kirby

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Indigenous concepts of time play a critical role in the works of many contemporary Australian artists. Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia showcases prime examples, featuring many works of art that have never before been exhibited outside Australia. The book provides a cultural framework to help understand these objects, emphasizing the importance of the land, the rich narratives that cleave to it, and the art it inspires. It is organized around four central themes: ancestral transformation, ritualized performance, seasonality, and remembrance. Six essays and nearly seventy catalogue entries highlight many of the most significant Indigenous Australian artists of the last forty years, from Rover Thomas and Emily Kam Kngwarray (both former representatives at the Venice Biennale) to the contemporary bark painter John Mawurndjul and the visual and performance artist Christian Thompson. Also included are examples of related historical objects and a technical examination of traditional Aboriginal bark paintings. This revelatory book introduces the thematic, stylistic, and cultural diversity of contemporary Indigenous art from Australia to a wider audience.


Stephen Gilchrist is associate lecturer in art history at the University of Sydney and Australian Studies Visiting Curator at the Harvard Art Museums. 


Harvard Art Museums

Selected by ArtAsiaPacific magazine as one of the 10 Best Art Books of 2016.

Winner of the 2017 Best in Show and First Place (Exhibition Catalogues) prizes from the New England Museum Association

On the 2016 50 Books/ 50 Covers list, a  survey of the best in book design, from The American Institute of Graphic Arts and Design Observer
ISBN: 9780300214703
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Harvard Art Museums
228 pages, 8 x 10 1/2
122 color illus. + 2 b/w illus.
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