[Daily article] November 26: Warlugulong

Warlugulong (1977) is an acrylic painting by Indigenous Australian
artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. In 2007 it was purchased by the
National Gallery of Australia for A$2.4 million, a record auction price
for a contemporary Indigenous Australian art work. The painting
illustrates eight dreamings of traditional locations the artist had
knowledge of, and depicts the story of an ancestral creature called
Lungkata or the Blue-Tongue Lizard Man, who created bushfire. The
painting portrays the aftermath of a fire caused by Lungkata to punish
his two sons who had not shared a kangaroo with him that they had
caught. The sons’ skeletons are on the right-hand side of the image,
shown against a background representing smoke and ashes. The painting
exemplifies a distinctive style developed by Papunya Tula artists in the
1970s, blending representation of landscape with ceremonial iconography.
Art critic Benjamin Genocchio describes it as “a work of real national
significance [and] one of the most important 20th-century Australian
paintings”.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1161:

A Song dynasty fleet defeated Jin dynasty ships in a naval
engagement on the Yangtze river during the Jin–Song Wars.

1842:

The University of Notre Dame (main administration building
pictured) was founded by Rev. Edward Sorin, of the Congregation of Holy
Cross, as an all-male institution in South Bend, Indiana, US.

1943:

Second World War: The British troop ship HMT Rohna was sunk in
the Mediterranean by a Luftwaffe bomb, killing more than 1,100 people.

1983:

Six robbers broke into the Brink’s-Mat warehouse at London
Heathrow Airport and stole three tonnes (6,612 lb) of gold bullion,
much of which has never been recovered.

2011:

US-led NATO forces engaged Pakistani security forces at two
Pakistani military checkposts along the Afghanistan–Pakistan border in
a friendly fire incident.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

on the wagon:
1. (idiomatic) Abstaining from drinking any alcoholic drink, usually in the
sense of having given it up (as opposed to never having partaken);
teetotal.
2. (by extension) Maintaining a program of self-improvement or abstinence
from some other undesirable habit.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Dreams are reality at its most profound, and what you invent is
truth because invention, by its nature, can’t be a lie. Writers who
try to prove something are unattractive to me, because there is nothing
to prove and everything to imagine. So I let words and images emerge
from within. If you do that, you might prove something in the process.
 
–Eugène Ionesco

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