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.
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.
Booker-Lowe Gallery, Houston, TX
From a Cattle Station Called Utopia…Women Join the Aboriginal Art Movement
Saturday, March 28, 3 – 5 pm
(Presentation at 3:30)
The community school was a centerpoint for the development of the Indigenous art movement in Australia, when a group of women joined a class in batik – a fabric dyeing technique. Their batik paintings ultimately led them not only to the native title land courts to plead for the return of their ancestral country to Aboriginal ownership, but also to international museums and galleries. Please join us for a conversation about the influential women artists of the Utopia region.
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.