Argyle diamond mine

Queenie McKenzie

Argyle diamond mine, 1997

Friendly Country – Friendly People was an exhibition of works by Papunya Tula artists which toured south-eastern Australia in 1991–92. In developing the exhibition, the curators, Dick Kimber and Joanne Boniface, had three aims. As well as presenting works of exemplary quality and illustrating the range of work being produced by artists painting for Papunya Tula at that time, they also sought to present works which together were illustrative of a broad area of desert homeland country, even though each painting was of a specific site.

Cbus purchased all the works from this exhibition in 1991, a visionary acquisition which has ensured the preservation of a historic visual snapshot of this immensely significant development in Australian art.

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