Aboriginal Art in the US


Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C.

Saltwater Country
October 15 – December 17, 2014

Saltwater Country is a major exhibition project that presents new work by 16 contemporary Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to audiences, touring internationally and nationally. The term ‘country’ has come to be understood as an all-encompassing word in English to explain the intrinsic nature of Aboriginal culture and creative expression as a reflection of the connectedness to land and place of birth. What is less understood is the equally strong cultural connectedness to the sea and water’s edge.

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

The Paruku Project: Art & Science in Aboriginal Australia
June 21 – December 7, 2014

Paruku is the region in Australia’s Western Desert that surrounds the inland body of water known to settlers as Lake Gregory. The local Aboriginal people — approximately 150 men and women who are referred to as the “Traditional Owners” of Paruku — live in the nearby settlement of Mulan. The unique cultural and environmental values of Paruku led the Australian government to declare it an Indigenous Protected Area, or IPA, in 2001.

The Paruku Project was a two-year effort consisting of teams of scientists, artists, and writers working in this Aboriginal desert community, one of the poorest and most remote in Australia. The first task of the teams was to assess current conditions. They found an environment severely stressed by invasive species and a culture slowly losing its identity. The second task was to design and implement cross-cultural and transformational responses to these conditions, many of which involved artmaking.

Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston, TX

Dreamtime: Australian Aboriginal Fine Art
Through November 29, 2014

Well-known critic Robert Hughes called Australian Aboriginal art “the last great art movement of the twentieth century.” Thankfully, this art movement continues to flourish in the twenty-first! Founded in 2002, Booker-Lowe is one of a handful of American art galleries showcasing Australia’s internationally-acclaimed indigenous art. This exhibition is a general selection of works for sale.

Harvey Art Projects, Ketchum, ID

Ernabella Artists: Pilanypa / Place
August 28 – September 30, 2014

This exhibition celebrates the rich cultural histories of the Anangu people through a selection of paintings from the most heralded artists of the region. Pilanypa is a place name which holds important ancestral information for many of the artists currently exhibiting work at the art center located in Ernabella. Ernabella Arts Inc. emerged out of a women’s craft group of the late 1940s and has been operating continuously since 1948. For the first twenty eight years artists worked almost exclusively with wool, spinning and weaving it, and making hand-pulled floor rugs incorporating their own unique walka (designs). More recently artists have worked across a wide range of other mediums including ceramics, silkscreen printing, batik, puny (wood carving) and painting. Painting styles went through radical developments from 2002 and Ernabella painting now encompasses subjects drawn from Tjukurpa (the eternal Creation stories); mai putitja (bush food stories) and elements of the early and unique anapalyaku walka (Ernabella style).


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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.