EMILY KAM KNGWARRAY edited by Kelli Cole, Hetti Perkins, Jennifer Green (HB)


A comprehensive and richly illustrated publication celebrating the timeless art of Emily Kam Kngwarray — a pre-eminent Australian artist and one of the most significant painters of the 20th century.

An Anmatyerr woman from Central Australia, Kngwarray devoted the last decades of her life to new artistic pursuits, creating works that encapsulate the experience and authority she gained throughout an extraordinary life.

This book offers new insights into Emily Kam Kngwarray’s life and work, featuring original research and reflections from the artist’s community, curators and academics.

Generously illustrated, the publication brings together Kngwarray’s most significant works, from early vibrant batiks to her later monumental paintings on canvas. It includes archival images, many of which have never been published, and a visual record of community consultations and visits to Kngwarray’s Country. Emily Kam Kngwarray is published alongside a major retrospective exhibition of her work at the National Gallery of Australia.

About the authors -

Kelli Cole (Warumungu/Luritja) is Curator of Special Projects at the National Gallery of Australia.

Hetti Perkins (Arrernte/Kalkadoon) is a curator, writer, advisor and presenter with 30 years of national and international experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts.

Jennifer Green is a linguist based in the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne.

ISBN 9780642335050

Kelli Cole, Hetti Perkin, Jennifer Green | National Gallery of Australia | November 2023 | Hardcover | 256 pages | 280x240mm | 



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