Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri (c. 1920–2008) was a Pitjantjatjara man who lived in the small community near Mount Liebig in the Northern Territory. Bill Whiskey came to painting late in his life and was renowned as a powerful ngankari or traditional healer and keeper of sacred knowledge. His paintings, the first to depict the powerful Dreaming story and the creation of significant sites throughout his Country, are imbued with authority and steeped in tradition. Bill Whiskey’s spectacular paintings depict his Country around the area of Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) and his subjects also include the mythic battle related in the Cockatoo Dreaming, which occurred at his birthplace, Pirupa Alka.
He began painting at eighty-five and continued until his death four years later. During this short time, Bill Whiskey completed a relatively small number of large canvases where he captured the rockholes, hills, and rocky outcrops across the breadth of his Country, mapping out the places that occupied his memories.
Desert Painters of Australia Part II
With Works from the Collection of Steve Martin and Anne Stringfield
July 26–September 6, 2019
Online Viewing Room
Frieze Los Angeles 2020
February 10–19, 2020
Gagosian will launch its latest Online Viewing Room on the occasion of Frieze Los Angeles, with available works by Chris Burden, Alex Israel & Bret Easton Ellis, Neil Jenney, Albert Oehlen, Chris Ofili, David Reed, Ed Ruscha, Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, Tatiana Trouvé, and Jonas Wood. Many of the artworks included in this virtual presentation consider the political, geographical, and social landscapes of Los Angeles.
The Frieze Los Angeles 2020 Online Viewing Room will open at 12:00am on Monday, February 10, in Hong Kong, and close at 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 19, in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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