Aboriginal Art in the US

Exhibitions




Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston, TX

Dreaming in Color: Contemporary Paintings by the Australian Aboriginal Artists
June 14 – September 19, 2015

The summer season is all about color – the brilliant hues of the Australian desert in bloom, the earth tones that mimic natural pigments used for centuries by Indigenous cultures, the no-rules color combinations that seem to explode off the canvas, or the subtle pastels that will almost “transport” you to a breezy tropical island!





Boxer Milner Tjampitjin, Oolaign, 2000. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas 59 1/16 x 39 3/8 in. (150 x 100 cm). © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VISCOPY, Australia.

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting
June 20 – August 20, 2015

No Boundaries presents the work of nine trailblazing artists who were inspired by their ancient cultural traditions to forge one of the most dynamic painting movements of recent times. The exhibition will be comprised of more than 75 paintings produced between 1992 and 2012.

Created at the frontier where Indigenous and Western cultures meet, these paintings speak across cultures, a reminder that contemporary art comes from all corners of the globe. This exhibition offers the very first opportunity for U.S. audiences to view these artists’ works in depth, featuring a stunning selection from each period in their careers. Although rarely seen in the U.S., these artists stand at the vanguard of global contemporary art practice

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, February 14 – April 26, 2015
PICA, Portland, Oregon, June 20 – August 20, 2015
Pérez Art Museum Miami, September 17, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Detroit, Michigan, January 17 – May 15, 2016






Harvey Art Projects, Ketchum, ID

Survey: Celebrating Australian Indigenous Art in America 2010 – 2015
August 7 – September 30, 2015

This August in Sun Valley, Harvey Art Projects proudly announces a special Anniversary exhibition to celebrate the Australian gallery’s 5th Anniversary since opening its doors in Ketchum in 2010. This exhibition features the finest examples of Aboriginal art selected from the past 5 years of curated exhibitions. The show will also feature new works by some of Australia’s leading artists. With over 40 exhibits from the most remote regions of Aboriginal Australia, each exhibit has been carefully curated by Director Julie Harvey in conjunction with the aboriginal art centers – a process that involves many trips ‘out bush’ in Australia. As the only international gallery in the USA to work directly with Australia’s leading Indigenous Art centers, Harvey Art Projects is a unique presence in this country and a vital component of Ketchum’s vibrant art scene.




Events

Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston, TX
Saturday, August 8 – Saturday, September 12

Booker Lowe Gallery will mark the “dog days” of summer with a special sale! Enjoy a chilled white wine spritzer (Aussie wine, of course), an icy lemon-myrtle-tinged lemonade, or just a cool glass of water with us, while you explore colorful and specially priced paintings by Aboriginal artists from the deserts and the coasts.





Resources

The Kelton Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Kelton Foundation promotes the stewardship, enhancement and understanding of art, maritime history and man’s relationship with the sea through its collections of maritime art, navigational instruments, China Trade art and objects, Pacific ethnographic materials, Australian Aboriginal art and other fine and ethnographic art related to these fields.