Aboriginal Art in the US


Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection website

June 23 – October 15, 2017

This exhibition presents art that is modern in date and belongs to an artistic tradition that can be traced back fifty thousand years. Australian Aboriginals have long painted on bodies, rocks, and the ground as part of ceremonies. Since the early 1970s, they have also been making large rectangular paintings on canvas and other durable artworks to sell to people outside their communities as a way of gaining recognition and respect for their laws and sacred beliefs. The exhibition title—Ancestral Modern—expresses how these transcultural artworks embody both the old and the new in this extraordinary tradition.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

On Country: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan-Levi Gift website

August 11 – December 17, 2017

This exhibition will feature six spectacular works of contemporary art by leading Australian Aboriginal artists. Monumental in both scale and ambition, the paintings are part of a 2016 gift that introduces an electrifying new dimension into The Met’s representation of global contemporary art. On Country: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan-Levi Gift will explore aspects of nature and the elements—the flow of water, the shine or shimmer of rain and lightning—and their relationship to time and the ancestral landscape. Mastering dynamic resonance, or shimmer, and finding ways to capture it on canvas is a highly valued visual effect in Australian Aboriginal art, and one on which these Aboriginal artists have built international reputations.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia website

September 23, 2017 – January 21, 2018

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.

Harvey Art Projects USA, Ketchum, ID

Buku Boards
Through August 31, 2017

The art in this exhibition hails from a remote region of northeast Arnhem land. In Yirrkala, Yolngu artists traditionally work with natural materials that proliferate in their homeland including ocher and stringybark eucalyptus. The featured artists in this exhibition, however, have expanded their vision experimenting with new materials employing boards from the discarded stage of Australia’s Indigenous Dance Theater group, Bangarra. These painted boards explicitly reflect the overarching vision of Bangarra which is “to respect and rekindle the links between traditional Indigenous cultures of Australia and explore new forms of contemporary artistic expression.”

Booker-Lowe Gallery, Houston, TX

The Call of Country: New Paintings by Australian Aboriginal Artists of Ampilatwatja website

Through May 2017 – consult website for hours

The Call of Country welcomes new paintings from Ampilatwatja, home of Anmatyerre and Alyawarr artists who create the most beautiful landscapes of their traditional country northeast of Alice Springs. Known for their exquisite and finely-dotted paintings, covered with wildflowers, the women of Ampilatwatja have chosen to paint their ancestral lands, rather than their tribal stories. We have shown paintings from this remote community ever since we first visited in 2004, and we continue to marvel at the amazing artists who live and work there.


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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.


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.