Aboriginal Art in the US

Exhibitions



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.

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting
February 14 – May 3, 2015

The paintings in No Boundaries were made by nine elderly men from the Western Australian desert. These men were revered as leaders in their communities, their worldview defined by an ancient cosmology in which ancestral spirits exerted a continuing presence in everyday life. But Paddy Bedford, Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Tommy Mitchell, Ngarra, Boxer Milner Tjampitjin, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Tjumpo Tjapanangka, Billy Joongoorra Thomas, and Prince of Wales (Midpul) transformed the visual traditions of their people into contemporary artworks. Despite coming to art late in life, and being mostly unknown to one another, they were innovators of the highest order. Where their predecessors in the early 1970s had drawn on cartographic and figurative imagery, these men forged a new path in abstract images that broadened the possibilities of Aboriginal art. The paintings in No Boundaries are drawn from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl, Miami-based collectors and philanthropists.






Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston, TX

Early Paintings by Australia’s Papunya Tula Artists
Through February 28, 2015

Exhibition highlights include a group of paintings by prominent artists from the Papunya settlement, where the contemporary Aboriginal Art movement began in the 1970s, as well as other works from Australia’s central and western deserts. Eleven large paintings from the 1980s, some by original members of the Papunya Tula artists’ cooperative, are from a private collection and were acquired by Professor Liam Leightley when he lived and worked in Australia. In addition to the early paintings, Booker-Lowe has added new and colorful paintings by the Warlpiri artists of Yuendumu in a full range of sizes and prices.






Brumby-Ute Gallery, Aspen, CO

Papunya Tula Artists:Paintings from the Western Desert of Australia
February 14 – March 13, 2015

Harvey Art Projects USA has opened a satellite location in Aspen, Colorado! This exhibition includes superb contemporary works drawn from the Papunya Tula Artists’ vast talent of both male and female painters. Works by the company’s best known current artists will be shown alongside a number of paintings from a reserve stock from the early 2000’s. The exhibition program will also include a symposium at the prestigious Aspen Institute, with guest speakers Stephen Gilchrist, Fred Myers, Will Owen and Hetti Perkins.





Judith Anya Samson, Emu Tracks to Puntawarri, acrylic on linen,

Harvey Art Projects, Ketchum, ID

Martumuli: Paintings from Western Australia
Through January 30, 2014

This Holiday season, we are thrilled to welcome for the first time in the USA Martumili Artists from Newman, Western Australia. These bold and gestural paintings depict ancestral stories of the Martu people, the traditional owners of a vast area of the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts. Their country stretches from the Percival Lakes in the north, to Lake Disappointment in the south, and runs east, across the Canning Stock Route to the WA/NT border. Many Martu people ceased living a Pujiman (entirely traditional, desert) life only in the 1950s and 1960s. After spending some years on missions and stations, most Martu are now based in remote desert communities and regularly visit regional centres such as Newman and Port Hedland. The Martu are one people, encompassing Manyjilyjarra, Kartujarra, Putijarra and Warnman language speakers.




Events

Symposium on Aboriginal Art
Aspen Institute
Saturday February 14, 2015, 10 am – 4 pm
Aspen, CO

Following on from the landmark 2009 exhibition in New York City, Nganana Tjungurringanyi Tjukurrpa Nintintjakitja – We Are Here Sharing Our Dreaming, and a string of highly successful annual shows at Harvey Art Projects USA in Sun Valley Idaho, the highly acclaimed and internationally recognized Papunya Tula Artists’ from Australia’s Western Desert will again be showing in North America this February at Brumby-Ute Gallery. This symposium will cover a range of topics and includes guest speakers from both Australia and the U.S.





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.