Power + Colour, a new book about the Indigenous art collection of Pat Corrigan AM was launched at QAGOMA on Saturday 9th February 2013. It follows the publication in 2008 of the first volume about Pat’s collection New beginnings : classic paintings from the Corrigan collection of 21st century Aboriginal art.
Power + Colour book cover
Pat has been a great benefactor to State Library of Queensland, and particularly to the Australian Library of Art. He donated his Lindsay collection
which includes hundreds of books written, illustrated or published by members of the Lindsay family as well as a collection of 3000 letters between members of the family and their associates. In addition he has contributed significant collections of bookplates, private press publications, photographs, artworks and artist’s books.
The new book, subtitled New Painting from the Corrigan Collection of 21st Century Aboriginal Art, and with text written by Jane Raffan “charts the history of Aboriginal art’s impact on Australian law, and explores the inextricable nexus of Aboriginal law and sense of self”.
Illustrations of 129 works of art from Pat’s collection, including paintings by 76 artists from more than 25 communities, epitomise the colour in contemporary Aboriginal painting while celebrating its power and diversity.
Kevin Rudd with Pat Corrigan Photo: Nigel Todd
The book was launched by The Hon Kevin Rudd, Federal Member for Griffith who noted Robert Hughes’ description of the Aboriginal art movement as “the last great movement in the 20th century”. He commented on its role in defining Australia in international consciousness while at the same time providing a source of power and empowerment to the artists and communities involved. His full speech is available on YouTube.
He concluded by paying tribute to Pat and his patronage of both artists and collecting institutions. We would add our thanks to that.
Pat Corrigan with Ray Coffey, another friend of the Australian Library of Art. Photo: Nigel Todd