Aboriginal Art in America, Again (Summer 2012)

Native people from many cultures make art generated from the heart and rooted deeply in place. This summer, there are several U.S. shows of contemporary Aboriginal artists from Australia. Come September a major exhibition of Aboriginal art opens at Dartmouth College. Here is a review of a new show in NYC.

Aboriginal Art & Culture: an American eye

At the risk of repeating myself, this is an extraordinary year for Aboriginal Australian Art in America.  This week I’m not going to comment again on Ancestral Modern at the Seattle Art Museum (other than to plug it one more time).  But I still have four other shows to report on that are all either on view now across the country, or will be opening soon.  Let’s start in New York City, where London-based gallerist Rebecca Hossack opened an exhibition of works by Barrupu Yunupingu 10 days ago.

Follow the link to the web site: it showcases a lovely and diverse set of examples of Barrupu’s styles of painting the Ancestral Fire that scorched the back of Baru the crocodile and that still burns beneath the sea off the east coast of Arnhem Land.  Documentation from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka explains the motifs she uses and the stories behind them.

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