Attending the Sydney release of his new book NOMAD TWO WORLDS last week, Jackman (who wrote the foreward to James' new book) and the two Jenners couldn’t hold back their enthusiasm for the artist's work with twitter proving the medium of choice for articulating their praise.
“A must see!” Hugh Jackman tweeted of the works by James exhibited at The Darling hotel in Sydney. “Kind of obsessed #NomadRJ amazing!!” cooed Kris Jenner who had previously said “Ok here we go @Nomadrj what a crazy adventure”.
Kendall Jenner also got in on the twitter action posting “Fashion, art and culture at Nomad Two Worlds event with @Nomadrj having an amazing time!!!”. Kendall also mentioned her trip to Australia on her blog, commenting that “On our first day, we went to events and a book launch for Nomad Two Worlds, which was an event with Aboriginal elders hosted by Hugh Jackman.
Kim Kardashian also became a fan of James’ work after being involved in a photoshoot with the artist. “Russell James is amazing!!! RT @KhloeKardashian: Long but AMAZING photo shoot with my sisters today!!!!,” Kim said about her experience.
NOMAD TWO WORLDS traces the amazing creative journey of Australian-born James through his exploration and celebration of the beauty and cich cultural history of Indigenous and marginalised people worldwide. What began as a purely personal attempt to understand and interpret through photography the clash of ancient and modern cultures he witnessed growing up in Western Australia, has today become a powerful expression of partnership, reconciliation, and economic opportunity in action through art, music and film.
Aiming to be a global example of true collaboration across deep cultural divides, the stunning photographic art book shows the progression of James’ work on this project over the last decade during which he has photographed the likes of Heidi Klum, Sir Richard Branson, The Black Eyed Peas, Adriana Lima, and Miranda Kerr.
Featuring a number of artistic collaborations with a range of Indigenous Australian, Native American and Haitian artists, the “result is a striking collection of contemporary photography combined with more traditional art forms including painting, beading, textiles and sculpture,” according to an official press release.
Having combined contemporary photography with more traditional art forms including painting, beading textiles, and sculpture, Nomad Two Worlds aims to be a global example of true collaboration across deep cultural divides.
Since its launch in New York in 2009 with the support of Donna Karan, Hugh Jackman and the Australian Government, the Nomad Two Worlds art collection has been previewed in Melbourne, Los Angeles, Berlin, Perth, Haiti, Washington, D.C., and London
Part proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit Nomad Two Worlds Foundation (NomadTwoWorlds.org), whose mission is to support artists from Indigenous and marginalised communities around the world to participate in local, national and international performance and promotional opportunities; to develop their careers as artists and to promote these artists as positive role models for their communities.
The book, released by venerable art book publisher teNeues, becomes available at select retail and on-line outlets throughout Australia, and at NomadTwoWorlds.com, beginning November 5, 2012. Signed copies of the book are now available here
Click the slideshow to see images of the NOMAD TWO WORLDS book launch