• Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

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This book by Vivien Johnson chronicles the beginning of the Western Desert art movement and the phenomenal development of its founding art company over four decades. Through comprehensive and widely researched biographies of more than 200 men and women the book illuminates lives balanced between first contact and international stardom, poverty and record auction prices. Over 25 years in the making, 'Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists' celebrates both the individual lives of the artists and their cooperative endeavour. It showcases the importance of what they share: family and country, significant sites, tjukurrpa and life histories. Illustrated with numerous candid photographs and key artworks, this book charts the historical landscape of the Papunya Tula artists, revealing a collective creative achievment of rare genius.

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