"Contemporary Aboriginal Painting from Australia" Exhibition

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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This installation features fourteen bold and colorful paintings created by contemporary Aboriginal Australian artists. Drawn from a private collection in the U. S., the installation provides an introduction to Aboriginal painting, which has become Australia’s most celebrated contemporary art movement and has attained prominence within the international art world. The works on view—all of which have never before been on public display—were created primarily over the past decade by artists from the central desert, where the contemporary painting movement began, and from adjoining regions, to which the movement spread. On view are paintings by prominent artists, including some of the founders of the contemporary movement, as well as emerging figures. This is the first presentation of contemporary Australian Aboriginal painting to be held at the Metropolitan Museum.

[Image: Paddy Bedford "Queensland Creek (Merrmerrji)" (2005) Ocher on composition board 32.75 x 40.25 in. © Paddy Bedford Estate]



from December 15, 2009 to June 13, 2010

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