Painting for Their Lives

Hello gorgeous. The words are painted in pink above the kitchen sink of a rundown shed in the middle of Australia's Western Desert. As unlikely as it seems, this is the engine room of one of the world's most extraordinary art movements. Outside in the heat two decades ago, Uta Uta Tjangala painted his magisterial Old Man's Dreaming, which marked the Pintupi people's return to their land from the government settlement of Papunya. They brought with them to Kintore, 500 km west of Alice Springs, a lifetime of dreamings, but also something new: Papunya Tula Artists, the movement begun by Geoffrey...

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