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This reference list was compiled by Libby Coates, National Museum of Australia Library, in September 2007. It includes some exhibition catalogues and reviews, but does not attempt to be a complete record of material related to Papunya works.

Although extensive, the reference list is necessarily a work in progress and we welcome suggestions of additional reading. Please contact the National Museum of Australia Library at


Bardon, G, Aboriginal Art of the Western Desert, (Adelaide: Rigby, 1979), p. 71.

Bardon, G and J Bardon, Papunya: A Place made After the Story: The Beginnings of the Western Desert Painting Movement, (Carlton: Miegunyah Press, 2004), p. 527.

Bardon, G and J Ryan, Papunya Tula: Art of the Western Desert, (Marlston: JB Books, 1999), p. 140.

Corbally Stourton, P and N Corbally Stourton, Songlines and Dreamings: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Painting: The First Quarter-Century of Papunya Tula, (London: Lund Humphries, 1996), p. 192.

Johnson, V, Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists, (Alice Springs: IAD Press, 2008).

Johnson, V and National Museum of Australia, Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert, (Canberra: National Museum of Australia Press, 2007).

Painting Culture: The Making of an Aboriginal High Art, (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002).

Perkins, H and others, One Sun One Moon: Aboriginal Art in Australia, (Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2007).

Perkins, H, H Fink and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, (Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales in association with Papunya Tula artists, 2000).


Allan, S, 'Papunya Tula - the Birthplace of Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art', World Socialist Web Site, <> [accessed March 2007].

Amadios, N, 'Papunya Art: A Disturbing Experience - Exhibition at Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs', Arts National, vol. 2 (2), Dec 1984, pp. 48-51.

Anderson, C and F Dussart, 'Dreamings in Acrylic - Western Desert Art: Case Study of the Papunya and Yuendumu Communities of Painters', in Sutton, P (ed.), Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia, (Ringwood: Viking, 1988), pp. 89-142 [NMA Library].

Attwood, A, 'Black Art Breaks into a White World', Time Australia, vol. 5 (29), 16 July 1990, pp. 54-61.

Bardon, SG, in Kleinert S and M Neale (eds), The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture, (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2000) [NMA Library].

Beier, U, 'Papunya Tula Art: The End of Assimilation', Aspect (34), Aug 1986, pp. 32-37.

Bonyhady, T, 'Papunya Stories', Australian Humanities Review (20), < e/Issue-February-2001/bonyhady2.html> [accessed March 2007]. (now at:

Bridge, S, 'The Courts' Approach to Moral Rights', Copyright Reporter, vol. 3 (1), July 1985, pp. 2-4.

Burke, T, 'Papunya - Aboriginal Art in the Central Australian Deserts', Stiletto (49), July 1988, pp. 52-54.

Burns Coleman, 'Appreciating "Traditional" Aboriginal Painting Aesthetically', Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol. 62 (3), 2004, p. 235.

Butler, S, 'Disorientation, the Affect of Lockhart River's Indigenous Art', Eyeline (54), 2004, pp. 24-28.

Cadzow, J, 'The Art Boom of Dreamtime', Australian, supp., pp. 1-2.

Carruthers, F, 'Broken Dreaming [the Division between Black and White]', Australian Magazine (16-17 Sept), 2000, pp. 20-26.

Carter, P, 'Geoffrey Bardon, an Appreciation 1940-2003 [Obituary]', Art Monthly Australia (161), July 2003, pp. 14-15.

Clark, G, 'Spirit Braille', Quadrant (Sydney), vol. 49 (5), May 2005, pp. 58-62, < e_id=1108> [accessed March 2007] [NMA Library].

Clark, G, 'Clifford Possum - Western Desert Art on the Walls of Araluen in the Northern Territory', Arts National, vol. 2 (6), July/Aug 1985, pp. 59-62.

Fitzgerald, M, 'Dreaming in New Colors', Time Australia (3), 28 August 2000, p. 68.

Fitzgerald, M, 'Cultural Production Line: [the Greed of Exploitative Art Dealers and Venal Practitioners Threatens to Devalue the Currency of Aboriginal Art]', Time Australia (20), 22 May 2006, pp. 60-61.

Fitzgerald, M, 'Different Strokes [Authenticity in Aboriginal Art]', Time Australia (30), 26 July 1999, pp. 72-75.

Fitzgerald, M, 'Painting for their Lives', Time Australia (4), 11/29 2004, pp. 106-108.

Fitzgerald, 'Focus on Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri & Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri at AGNSW', Australian Artist, vol. 15 (1), 06 1999, p. 4.

Frater, A, 'Aboriginal Art Blossoms in the Desert', Age, 10 July 1982, p. 11.

Frawley J, 'Genesis and Genius (and Gymnastics): Another 'New Truth' of the Papunya Art Movement', Ngoonjook (24), December 2003, pp. 39-46.

Ginsburg, F and F Myers, 'A History of Aboriginal Futures', Critique of Anthropology, vol. 26 (1), 2006, p. 27.

Green, I, 'Make 'Im Flash, Poor Bugger: Talking about Men's Art in Papunya', in West, MKC (ed.), The Inspired Dream: Life as Art in Aboriginal Australia, (South Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery, 1988), pp. 39-47, 111 [NMA Library].

Hill, B, 'Mantric Maps: Lost and found', Voices (Canberra), vol. 2 (2), Winter 1992, pp. 74-84.

Isaacs, J, 'Waiting for the Mob from Balgo: Aboriginal Art', Australian and International Art Monthly (1), June 1987, pp. 20-22.

Isaacs, J, 'Circles, Tracks, and Lines', World & I, vol. 8 April 1993, p. 232.

Izett, E, 'Sitting Down with Indigenous Artists', Artlink, vol. 25 (2), June 2005, pp. 26-29.

Johnson, T, 'Tim Johnson Interviewed by Nicholas Zurbrugg', Art and Australia, vol. 29 (1), Spring 1991, pp. 44-51.

Johnson, T, 'Paying the Rent', in Commonwealth Institute (ed.), Stories of Australian Art, (London: The Institute, 1988), pp. 57-65.

Johnson, V, 'Twentieth Century Dreaming: Contemporary Aboriginal Art', Art and Asia Pacific, vol. 1 (1), Dec 1993, pp. 71-78.

Johnson, V, 'Maxie Tjampitjinpa: The Minimal Mythologist', Art and Text (50), 1995, pp. 54-59.

Johnson, V, 'George Tjapanangka', Art & Australia, vol. 40 Summer 2002, pp. 244.

Johnson, V, 'John Tjakamarra c.1932-2002', Art and Australia, vol. 40 (4), June-July-Aug 2003, p. 574.

Jones, P, ''Arts and Manufactures': Inventing Aboriginal Craft', in Noris Ioannou (ed.), Craft in Society: An Anthology of Perspectives, (South Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1992) [NMA Library].

Jorgensen, D, 'Martian Utopias, Land Rights and Indigenous Desert Painting', [Paper in: Futures Exchange: Antipodean Utopias, Leane, Elizabeth (ed.)], Australian Cultural History (23), 2004, pp. 105-119.

Jurra, KJ, 'The Historical Development of Papunya Community', Ngoonjook (18), Dec 2000, pp. 6-18.

Kerr, J, 'Papunya Tula', Art AsiaPacific (3), 2001, p. 31 [NMA Library].

Kimber, RG, 'Ceremony from Ground to Canvas: A Switch of Dimension in Papunya', Artlink, vol. 13 (2), June/Aug 1993, pp. 40-44 [NMA Library].

Kimber, RG, 'M.N. Tjapaltjarri', Art & Australia, vol. 36 1999, p. 397.

Kimber, RG, 'Papunya Tula: Artists of the Central and Western Deserts of Australia', Australian Art Review, 1982, pp. 122-125.

Kleinert S, 'The Meeting Place: Indigenous Art in a University Context', Ngoonjook (24), December 2003, pp. 58-66.

Kovalev, A, 'From Red Centre to Red Square: 'Aboriginal Paintings from the Desert' in Moscow', Art and Australia, vol. 29 (4), Winter 1992, pp. 435-437.

Lambert, RJ, 'Dreaming in Ochre and Wood', Australian Connoisseur and Collector (2), 1982, pp. 80-83.

Layton, R, 'Traditional and Contemporary Art of Aboriginal Australia: Two Case Studies [Papunya Artists and Pitjantjatjara Artists]', in Jeremy Coote and Anthony Shelton (eds), Anthropology, Art, and Aesthetics, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992), pp. 137-159 [NMA Library].

Lumby, C, 'Ethically Collecting Aboriginal Art: [the Moral Implications of the White Man's Market for Indigenous Art in the 21st Century]', Australian Art Collector (29), July-Sept 2004, pp. 132-134 [NMA Library].

McCulloch-Uehlin, S, 'Art from the Heart', Australian, 1995, Weekend Review, p. 10.

McDonald, J, 'Dreamweaver: Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (c.1932-2002)', Australian Financial Review Magazine, Nov 2003, pp. 78-79, 81-82, 84.

McLean, I, 'Kuninjku Modernism: New Perspectives on Western Arnhem Land Art', Artlink, vol. 25 (2), 2005 June, pp. 48-51.

McQueen, H, 'Divining Water Dreaming', Art Monthly Australia (134), Oct 2000, pp. 8-10.

Megaw, JVS, 'Art as Identity: Aspects of Contemporary Aboriginal Art', in Allan Hanson and Louise Hanson (eds), Art and Identity in Oceania, (Bathurst: Crawford House Press, 1990), pp. 282-292, 313-315 [NMA Library].

Megaw, JVS, 'Transformations: Appreciation, Appropriation and Imagery in Indigenous Australian Art', in Anita Herle (ed.), Pacific Art: Persistence, Change and Meaning, (Adelaide: Crawford House Publishing, 2002), pp. 370-385, 449-452.

Megaw, JVS and others, Twenty-Five Years and Beyond: Papunya Tula Painting, (Adelaide: Flinders Art Museum, 1999), p. 97.

Mellor, D, 'Indigenous Art', Art & Australia, vol. 39 2001, p. 165.

Michaels, E, 'Bad Aboriginal Art', Art and Text (28), Mar/May 1988, pp. 59-73.

Miller, S, 'The Papunya Tula Archive at the Art Gallery of New South Wales: A Case Study in the Provision of Archival Services for Indigenous Art', ARLIS/ANZ Journal (59), June 2005, pp. 7-13 [NMA Library].

Morgan, J, 'Beat of the Sacred Heart [Western Desert Dot Painting]', Sydney Morning Herald, 12 Aug 2000, Spectrum, p. 12.

Murphy, B, 'Curating Contemporary Aboriginal Art', Praxis M (17), Summer 1987, pp. 21-24.

Myers, FR, 'Aesthetic Function and Practice: A Loval History of Pintupi Painting', in Morphy, H and M Boles (eds), Art from the Land, (1999: University of Virginia Press, 1999), pp. 219-259, < /pdfs/MyersArtFromtheLand.pdf>.

Myers, FR, 'Collecting Aboriginal Art in the Australian Nation: Two Case Studies', Visual Anthropology Review, vol. 21 (1-2), Spring/Fall 2005, pp. 116-137.

Myers, FR, 'Culture Making: Performing Aboriginality at the Asia Society Gallery', American Ethnologist (4), 1994, pp. 679-699, < es/pdfs/myers%20culturemaking.pdf> [accessed 20 Nov 2007].

Myers, FR, 'Illusion and Reality: Aboriginal Self Determination in Central Australia', In The Future of Former Foragers in Australia and Southern Africa, papers presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting, Schrire, C and R Gordon (eds), Chicago, (Cambridge, MA: American Anthropological Association, 1985), pp. 109-121.

Myers, FR, 'Ontologies of the Image and Economies of Exchange', American Ethnologist, vol. 31 (1), 2004, pp. 5-20.

Myers, FR, 'Representing Culture: The Production of Discourse(s) for Aboriginal Acrylic Paintings', Cultural Anthropology, vol. 6 (1), 1991, pp. 26-62 [NMA Library].

Myers FR, 'Unsettled Business: Acrylic Painting, Tradition, and Indigenous being', Visual Anthropology, vol. 17 (3), 2004, pp. 247-271.

Myers, FR, 'We are Not Alone: Anthropology in a World of Others', Ethnos, vol. 71 (2), 2006, p. 233. DOI.

O'Flynn, N, 'Aboriginal Painting, Past and Present: Reading Direction and the Unaboriginal Eye', Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada (8), Dec 1992, pp. 33-58.

Periz, I, 'Tim Johnson: The Problems of Appropriation - Interview', Tension (3), Apr 1984, p. 11.

Perkins, H and H Fink, 'Covering Ground: The Corporeality of Landscape', Art and Australia, vol. 38 (1), Sept-Oct-Nov 2000, pp. 74-83.

Petitjean, G, 'The Lines of Willy Tjungurrayi', Art & Australia, vol. 38 2001, p. 598.

Phipps, J, 'Reflections on Aboriginal Art, Assimilation and Land Rights', Art Monthly Australia (114), Oct 1998, pp. 22-25.

Pizzi, G, 'Dreamings of the Aboriginal Nation', A-Z Antiques Australia, vol. 1 (3), Autumn 1989, pp. 51-54, 57-58.

Pizzi, G, ''The Work is the Statement': An Interview with Gabrielle Pizzi', Art Monthly Australia (47 supp.), 1993, pp. 25-26.

Ravenscroft, M, 'Methods and Materials used in Australian Aboriginal Art', Bulletin (Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material), vol. 11 (3), Dec 1985, pp. 92-109.

Ryan, J, 'Geoffrey Robert Bardon AM 1940-2003, [Obituary of the Visionary Australian Writer, Teacher and Activist]', Art and Australia, vol. 41 (3), Autumn 2004, p. 395.

Ryan, J, 'The Mythology of Pattern: Papunya Tula Art 1971-89', in Ryan, J (ed.), Mythscapes: Aboriginal Art of the Desert, (Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 1990), pp. 24-55.

Schulz, D, 'When Dreaming Turns into a Nightmare [Allegations of Forgery in Aboriginal Art]', Bulletin (Sydney), 11 May 1999, pp. 40-45.

Simons, S, 'Papunya: Reflections on an Exhibition of Aboriginal Art, Long Gallery, University of Wollongong, New South Wales', Scarp (11), Oct 1987, pp. 8-13.

Stretton, Rowena, 'Utopia Aboriginal Art', Australian business pages 1991, pp. 84-85.

Strocchi, M, 'Minyma Tjukurrpa: Kintore/Haasts Bluff Canvas Project - Dancing Women to Famous Painters', Artlink, vol. 26 (4), 2006, pp. 104-107.

Symes, C and B Lingard, 'From the Ethnographic to the Aesthetic: An Examination of the Relationship between Aboriginal and European Culture in Australian Art 1788/1988', in Foss, P (ed.), Island in the Stream: Myths of Place in Australian Culture, (Leichhardt: Pluto Press, 1988), pp. 188-215, 228-232.

Taylor, L, 'Fred R Myers - Painting Culture: The Making of an Aboriginal High Art', The Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol. 15 (1), 2004, pp. 118-120 [NMA Library].

Thompson, L, 'The Papunya Art of Central Australia', Craft Arts (14), Dec/Feb 1988, pp. 37-40.

Willis, A and T Fry, 'Ethnocentrism, Art and the Culture of Domination', Praxis M (20), 1988, pp. 16-22.

Wolseley, J, 'Rock Wallaby Dreaming: The Power, the Mood and the Scandal', Art and Australia, vol. 37 (3), Mar-May 2000, pp. 377-379.

Exhibition catalogues

Aboriginal Cultural Institute, East to West: Land in Papunya Tula Painting, (Adelaide: Aboriginal Cultural Institute Incorporated, 1990), 1 portfolio.

Boulter, M, C Hodges and Utopia Art Sydney, Australia's First International Art Movement, (Sydney: Utopia Art Sydney, 1990).

Brody, A and National Gallery of Victoria, The Face of the Centre: Papunya Tula Paintings, 1971-84, (Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 1985).

Crocker, A, Papunya: Aboriginal Paintings from the Central Australian Desert, (Australia: The Aboriginal Artists Agency and Papunya Tula Artists, 1983).

Crocker, A and others, Mr Sandman Bring Me a Dream, (Alice Springs: Aboriginal Artists Agency with Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, 1981), p.64 [NMA Library].

Dyer, CA, Icons of the Western Desert: The John W Kluge Papunya Tula Twentieth Anniversary Commission, (North Adelaide: Museum Art International Pty Ltd, 1996).

Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Papunya Tula, (Melbourne: Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, 1990).

Green, C, J Smith and National Gallery of Victoria, Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, (Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 2002), p.159.

James, D and D Inc, Desart: Aboriginal Art and Craft Centres of Central Australia, (Alice Springs: Desart, 1993).

John Weber Gallery, Papunya Tula: Contemporary Paintings from Australia's Western Desert, (New York: John Weber Gallery, 1989).

Johnson, V, J Hylton and Art Gallery of South Australia, Dreamings of the Desert: Aboriginal Dot Paintings of the Western Desert, (Adelaide: The Gallery, 1996) [NMA Library].

Johnson, V and others, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, (Adelaide: Art Gallery of South Australia, 2003) [NMA Library].

Karovich, S, G Pizzi and Benalla Art Gallery, Aboriginal Desert Paintings, Benalla Art Gallery - November 1987 - 31st January 1988, (Benalla: Benalla Art Gallery, 1987).

Klingender, T, Papunya Tula Artists' Company and H Gallery, Pintupi: 20 Contemporary Paintings from the Pintupi Homelands, (London: Hamiltons, 2006).

Papunya Tula Aboriginal Art of the Western Desert, 13 October - 7 November 1980, Macquarie University Library, (Sydney: Macquarie University Library, 1980).

Maughan, J, Dot and Circle: A Retrospective Survey of the Aboriginal Acrylic Paintings of Central Australia, (Melbourne: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1986).

Pizzi, G, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi. and Papunya Tula Artists' Company, Rising Stars 2005, (Melbourne: Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, 2005), 1 folded card.

Pizzi, G, University of Tasmania and Plimsoll Gallery, Painting from the Desert: Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings, (Hobart: University of Tasmania, 1990).

Pizzi, G, 'Western Desert Art 1971/1989: An Overview', in Lauraine Diggins Fine Art Pty Ltd (ed.), A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, (Melbourne: Malakoff Fine Art Press, 1989), pp. 62-86 [NMA Library].

Ryan, J, G Bardon and National Gallery of Victoria, Mythscapes: Aboriginal Art of the Desert from the National Gallery of Victoria, (Melbourne: The Gallery, 1989).

Sutherland, I, Papunya Tula Paintings - an exhibition at the Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, (Wagga Wagga: Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, 1988).

Tjapaltjarri, CP and others, Songlines: Clifford Possum and Papunya Tula Artists - An Exhibition at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery, (London: Rebecca Hossack Gallery, 1990).

Tjungurrayi, Charlie T and University of Queensland, University Art Museum (eds), Trace and Place Recent Aboriginal Painting from Papunya Tula [and] Where the Dreamtime Stops, (Brisbane: University Art Museum, University of Queensland, 1986).

Williams, J and others, Masterpieces from the Western Desert, (London: Gavin Graham Gallery, 2003).


Borschmann, G, Interview with Dick Kimber, Writer, Historian, Anthropologist, [Recorded on Nov. 5, Nov. 6, Nov.11 and Nov.13, 2003 at Alice Springs, N.T], 2003.

Doreen Mellor, v. [videorecording (VHS)], 2002.

Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia, Film Australia, vol. 1 videocassette (VHS) (30 min), 1988.

Mr. Patterns, McKenzie, C, Film Australia, 2004.

Sandpaintings of the Western Desert: a Demonstration, O'Rourke, S and P Jools, S O'Rourke, [producer], 1981.

Aboriginal Video Magazine, No. 9, Wood, C and others, 1986.

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