However much Oceanic art one sees it will never be the case that there is not something new to discover. The vast array of Oceanic art that has graced this journal’s pages is testament to the splendid diversity of the field. That, in turn, is reflective of the huge range of peoples and cultures that […]
By Harold Gallasch and Neil McLeod. Melbourne Publishing Group, 2012. 60 pages with colour illustrations. Review by Jim Elmslie This lavishly illustrated book by OAS members, Harold Gallasch and Neil McLeod tells the story of one exceptional work of Oceanic art – the spectacular La-Sisi canoe. This fine piece will be familiar to many Australian […]
Interview with Jim Elmslie, at the NGA Myth + Magic Exhibition, Canberra, August 7 2015 JE – Andrew, you have come a long way from a village in Dagua, and Wewak, to Cambridge University and now on to one of the highest positions in PNG administration, Director of the National Museum and Art Gallery. How did […]
In this edition of the OAS Journal we read the story of George William Mostyn, the third in Barry Craig’s series of short biographies on early collectors for the South Australian Museum. We really must applaud Barry for this magnificent contribution to our knowledge of how so many of the important artefacts in our public […]
It is with great satisfaction that we can announce that the OAS Journal is finally to join its peers in cyberspace. The OAS Committee, after protracted discussion, has decided to place the full version of back copies of the Journal on the new website constructed by web designer, Andrew Drane. Editions of the Journal for […]
This edition of the OAS Journal celebrates the opening of the exciting new exhibition, “Built on Culture: the Art of Papua New Guinea, celebrating 40 years of PNG Independence” on 14th September this year at the National Museum and Art Gallery of Papua New Guinea.
Myth + Magic: The Art of the Sepik River, the new exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, in Canberra, is all that it was promised to be. A very hearty round of applause must go to the NGA Director, Dr Gerald Vaughan AM, and Curator for Pacific Arts, Crispin Howarth, as well as the […]
The long anticipated opening of the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition, Myth & Magic: Art of the Sepik River.
Lecture Review Lecture by Dr. Ross Bowden, November 15, 2014 Ross Bowden, DPhil (Oxford), taught anthropology at La Trobe University, Melbourne, from 1979 to 1999 and was then a visiting research associate for ten years. He is now an independent scholar. Ross joined the Melbourne Savage Club to help curate its collection of Aboriginal and […]
Kevin Conru (editor) with photography by Hughes Dubois. Published by 5 Continents, Milan, Italy, 2014. 327 pages. Reviewed by Jim Elmslie. This vast and gorgeous book is a work of art in itself. It is a thrilling pictorial survey of the material culture of the Bismarck region with each exquisite piece visually captured by one […]