Monograph honours prolific Indigenous artist

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Copyright Agency has licensed a stunning selection of works by Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye for a monograph published this year.

The Mini Monographs series, edited by curator Natalie King and published by Thames and Hudson, showcases some of Australia’s most celebrated female artists such as Del Kathryn Barton, Polixeni Papapetrou and Nell. Each book features a collection of the artist’s best-loved works, with an introductory essay penned by a luminary from another field.

“Conventional monographs often accompany a retrospective exhibition and take a long time to compile,” Natalie explained in a Q&A, “whereas our Mini Monographs celebrate a unique selection of images alongside a captivating essay, paired and in dialogue, compact and accessible.

“We especially want to celebrate the exceptional practices of women artists and hope that the series will be timeless.”

The Emily Kame Kngwarreye monograph honours one of Australia’s preeminent artists. Despite coming to her craft late in life, Emily was extremely prolific and broke new ground for contemporary Indigenous art practice. Her energetic paintings embody the Alhalkere Country on which she was born and to which she maintained a vital connection throughout her life.

This is not the first time Copyright Agency has been entrusted with licensing for the artist’s estate; in 2018 we negotiated a licence for the use of her work on Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Readers can look forward to a vibrant visual journey contained within the pages of the monograph, perfect for anyone inspired by art and beauty.

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