Aboriginal Art in the US


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.

Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting
September 17, 2015 – January 3, 2016

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

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

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT

Abstraction and the Dreaming: Aboriginal Paintings from Australia’s Western Desert (1971-Present)
September 12 – December 12, 2015

Abstraction and the Dreaming includes more than fifty artworks by 34 artists spanning the emergence of painting at an Aboriginal settlement called Papunya in the early 1970s to the present day. The early “Papunya boards” created in 1971-1972 are descendants of mark-making that dates to well over one hundred centuries ago and are the beginning of the Western Desert art movement. With fewer than 600 in existence, the “Papunya boards” have a singular status within the history of Australian Aboriginal art. Because some of these designs were associated with sacred male-only ceremonies, women were not allowed to participate in art-making.

Over time, Papunya artists moved away from the use of symbols toward greater abstraction. The scale of artworks on canvas grew and women began painting, using a markedly more gestural and vibrant style than their male counterparts. Today, these works are interpreted and experienced as contemporary abstract paintings, stimulating a rich dialogue about indigenous art in the contemporary art world.


Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT

Then & Now: Australian Aboriginal Painting of the Western Desert symposium
Monday, November 16, 2015, 1:30 – 5:30 pm
Caine Performance Hall
For reservations please contact nemha@usu.edu


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. As a specialist in Aboriginal art, Harvey is also the Head Curator of the San Francisco based Stephen J. Luczo Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Art.

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.