Aboriginal Art in the US


Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston, TX

Desert Awakening:Paintings by the Australian Aboriginal Women of Ampilatwatja
April 11 – June 13, 2015

For the indigenous women artists of this remote Sandover River area in Australia’s harsh Central Desert, the country-in-bloom appears on their canvases far more often than in their arid ancestral lands. Nana Booker and David Lowe first visited the tiny cinder block art centre of Ampilatwatja in 2003, and were wowed by the diversity and quality of the paintings, all representing stories from the Dreamtime or creation era. A year later, the gallery owners returned and discovered a completely new style of painting, depicting the desert exploding in vibrant vegetation. At last, the rains had come, ending a years-long drought and inspiring the artists to create works full of life! Within a year, these same artists had stopped painting in response to a series of devastating social problems in their community. Fortunately, by 2008, the women of Ampilatwatja had decided to paint again – and to paint their homeland at its most beautiful. From that moment forward this small collective has engaged art collectors and critics throughout Australia, in Asia, and here in the U.S., with their vivid renditions of the desert, rendered in precise dots and bold flashes of color.

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

Closed until June 2.


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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.