[Local events] FWD: No Boundaries exhibition and lecture

David Abel david at thetextgarage.com
Tue Jun 16 19:50:54 PDT 2015

/*No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting*/

*June 20 - August 16*

*PICA at the Mason Erhman Bldg. Annex*
467 NW Davis

*/Gallery hours/*
Thursday & Friday, 12:00 - 6:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

/*Opening reception*/
Saturday, June 20, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

/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. 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. The exhibition comprises more than seventy-five paintings 
produced between 1992 and 2012.

*/Lecture by Henry Skerritt/*
/Ancient Endless Infinity: The Rise of Contemporary Aboriginal Art/

Monday, June 22, 6:30 pm

*PICA, 415 SW 10th Avenue, Suite 300*

Curator and art historian Henry Skerritt will describe the rise of 
contemporary Aboriginal art, from the emergence of the modern bark 
painting movement in 1911, through the rise of Western Desert acrylic 
painting in the 1970s, culminating in the flourishing and diverse 
practices of the present. In doing so, he will show how Aboriginal 
artists have preempted many of the critical concerns that dominate 
contemporary art.

For more information about the exhibition, originated by the Nevada 
Museum of Art, see their web site 
from which the following text was taken:

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 Tjapanangvka, 
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.

During the last three years the Nevada Museum of Art has been working 
with Aboriginal artists who live in the remote Paruku region of Western 
Australia on a unique art & science project led by Australian painters 
Mandy Martin and Kim Mahood, and conservationist-rancher Guy 
Fitzhardinge. The paintings and materials generated by both the 
Aboriginal and kartiya (non-indigenous) artists were donated to the 
Center for Art + Environments Archive Collections in 2013 and exhibited 
here in the summer and fall of 2014.

There is a close connection between the Paruku paintings and the 
artworks in /No Boundaries/, which also hail from the northern part of 
Western Australia. Hanson Pye, the Aboriginal elder who painted two of 
the most important works in the Paruku project, learned how to paint 
from his grandfather, Boxer Milner Tjampitjin, whose works figure 
prominently in the Scholl collection.

Within the collections of the Nevada Museum of Art there are manifold 
connections among disparate artists forged through a commonality of 
mark-making, the preservation of stories and cultural heritage, and the 
conservation of the natural world. The work of Australian Aboriginal 
artists is of special import in this context as the roots of their work 
reach back more than 50,000 years, and represent the oldest continuous 
cultural production in the world.

All the paintings in /No Boundaries /are drawn from the collection of 
Debra and Dennis Scholl, Miami-based collectors and philanthropists.
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