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Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

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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.

比爾·韋斯奇·賈帕加利(約1920至2008)是一位皮詹加加拉(Pitjantjatjara)族人,在北領地的利比格山(Liebig)附近的一個小社區生活。他於晚年開始繪畫,且是一位著名的醫治者(Ngankari),以神聖知識的守護者身份而聞名。他的畫作描繪強勁的「夢幻時代」敘事及遍佈其國土的重要遺址,充滿權威和傳統。比爾·韋斯奇的壯觀畫作描繪他的國土,位於卡塔丘塔(奧爾加斯山)和烏魯魯(艾爾斯岩)附近領域。他畫作的題材亦包括在他出生地Pirupa Alka發生與鸚鵡夢幻時代有關的神話之戰。

比爾·韋斯奇在85歲時開始繪畫,直至四年後離世。在他短暫的藝術生涯裡,比爾·威斯基完成了相對少量的大型畫作,捕捉了跨越其國土的岩洞,山丘和暴露岩層,勾勒出他記憶中久久不忘的地方。

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Online Viewing Room

Frieze Los Angeles 2020

February 10–19, 2020
gagosianviewingroom.com

Gagosian will launch its latest Online Viewing Room on the occasion of Frieze Los Angeles, with available works by Chris BurdenAlex Israel & Bret Easton EllisNeil JenneyAlbert Oehlen, Chris Ofili, David ReedEd Ruscha, Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, Tatiana Trouvé, and Jonas WoodMany 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. 

For more information about the Online Viewing Room or the work to be featured, please contact inquire@gagosian.com.

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Chris Burden, L.A.P.D. Uniform, 1993 © 2020 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York