Aboriginal Art in the US

Exhibitions

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

A Place in the Country: Australian Aboriginal Paintings website

October 1, 2016 – June 5, 2017

This exhibition presents a concise selection of paintings by Aboriginal Australian female artists, drawn from the collection of Martha Hesse Dolan and Robert E. Dolan. Inspired by the 2015 exhibition, No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting, which was organized by the Nevada Museum of Art, the Nevada-based couple began researching Aboriginal Australian art, and acquiring work by female artists, as well as collaborative work or group projects.






Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, FL

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia website

January 28 – May 7, 2017

Marking the Infinite features works by the following contemporary women artists from Aboriginal Australia: Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angelina Pwerle, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yununpingu, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Carlene West, and Regina Pilawuk Wilson.

The works are drawn from the collection of Miami-based collectors and philanthropists Debra and Dennis Scholl. Marking the Infinite will be the second major touring exhibition of Aboriginal Australian art drawn from the Scholl’s collection, following the highly successful exhibition of male painters, No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting, on tour during 2015-16. Marking the Infinite originated at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno.






San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX

Of Country and Culture: The Lam Collection of Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art website
February 24 – May 14, 2017

This exhibition explores contemporary interpretations of artistic traditions (dating back 50,000 years)—from sand paintings, body painting, and grave poles—to demonstrate similar cultural ties to land, heritage, and visual communication. The collection includes a significant number of works by female artists, representing a change from their historical exclusion from the contemporary painting movement in Australia.

The exhibition is organized in four thematic sections—“The Dreaming: Ancestral Beings,” “The Land,” “Ceremony,” and “Mortality“—and presents a diverse range of materials and regional styles—from the intricately painted bark paintings of Arnhem Land, to the pukumani grave poles of the Tiwi Islands, and the boldly colored abstract paintings of the Western Desert.

This extraordinary collection comes to the Museum from May and Victor Lam and their family. The Lams’ enthusiasm for contemporary Aboriginal art began when they saw Spirit Country, an exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art featuring the Gantner Myer collection of Aboriginal art. May Lam, a long-time Museum Trustee, was inspired to visit Aboriginal communities across Australia with her daughter Dorothy.






Harvey Art Projects USA, Ketchum, ID

Tjala Arts
website
February 5 – March 10, 2017

Known for its diverse range of styles, energetic mark making and rich colorful palette Tjala artists explore Tjukurpa (stories, dreaming) of the region resulting in paintings filled with artistic integrity, an explosive brush work immediately captivating audiences. Tjala is the Pitjantjatjara word for Honey Ant – a traditional bush food, it is also the Tjukurpa or creation story for the Amata area. Tjala artists create works that reflect the extraordinary lives and stories of the Amata community.






Booker-Lowe Gallery, Houston, TX

Melange: Aboriginal Paintings from East to West website
Through May 2017 – consult website for hours

Melange presents paintings by emerging artists and master painters from throughout Australia, from Lockhart River on the northeast coast to the Pilbara in the southwest, and the Kimberleys in the northwest. Despite their different styles and techniques, all reflect the close connections the artists have with their ancestral countries, their close-knit language groups, and their ancient tribal traditions. Melange includes big, bold abstracts and paintings marked with age-old pattern, as well as a wide variety of small-to-mid-sized jewels that capture the colors, the stories and landscapes of Australia’s Aboriginal territories.






Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, TN

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection website
June 23–October 15, 2017

Ancestral Modern introduces American audiences to the spectacular flourishing of Indigenous Australian painting and sculpture that has occurred since the 1970s. The exhibition presents approximately fifty artworks, including paintings on bark strips, hollow logs, and canvases, in addition to a small selection of sculptures. In many cases, artists have translated motifs from traditional art forms, such as rock and body painting, to media that can be more easily shared with viewers around the world.





Events

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Galleries

Booker-Lowe Gallery, Houston, TX
Founded in 2002, Booker-Lowe is one of a handful of American art galleries showcasing Australia’s internationally-acclaimed indigenous art. The gallery offers its individual clients, interior designers and architects, corporations and institutions, quality original artworks, whether for the living room or the board room.

Harvey Art Projects, USA, Ketchum, ID
Based in Sun Valley, Idaho and presenting events in New York, Los Angeles, & San Francisco, Harvey Art Projects is an organization dedicated to developing cultural awareness, understanding and appreciation of the finest Aboriginal Art in America through regular exhibitions and satellite events. Founder Julie Harvey is an arts professional with over twenty years of experience in Australia an the United States.

Pollon Art, New York, NY
Pollon Art was founded as a means to bridge the gap between North American collectors and the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art market. Pollon Art offers clients intimate knowledge and experience in these fields, gathered through extensive professional experience in both the primary and secondary art markets. Founder, Miriam Grundy, brings to the US art market a fresh and highly intuitive approach to collecting Aboriginal art, matching the values and identity of the client, collection or space with artworks and artists that reflect these. The Pollon Art experience is underscored by the belief that genuine relationships, and collaborative and informed decision-making brings the best results. Based in New York City and Beverly Hills, Pollon Art provides tailored advisory services to private clients, as well as curated public exhibitions from some of the most compelling artists, past and present.





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.