Australian Aboriginal Art - Kantrowitz Collection

Australian aboriginal art is a relatively recent phenomenon in modern art. Every painting presents an ancient dreaming that has been passed down through the generations. Originally these dreamings were painted on bodies, bark and sand. After being introduced to acrylic paints and canvas in the late 1960s, aboriginal artists began capturing the dreamings on a more permanent medium.

Australian aboriginal art is quite rare in the United States, with only one major collection, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia. Other galleries and collections include the Booker-Lowe Gallery in Houston, Texas and Songlines Aboriginal Art in San Francisco, California.

This web site presents a small collection assembled by Mark Kantrowitz. This collection focuses primarily on dot paintings by major artists from Central Australia. This art has a contemporary texture, in part because many of the paintings represent abstract landscapes and skyscapes.

1998 Exhibition
1998 Exhibition at Just Research, Pittsburgh, PA USA
The Kantrowitz collection concentrates on aboriginal art that demonstrates maturity of technique and expression. It is common for aboriginal artists to paint the same dreaming again and again. Occasionally, however, an aboriginal artist will invest her emotions into the canvas. Such paintings are no longer merely a rote retelling of the dreaming, but an attempt to draw the viewer into the dreaming. These paintings have an atmosphere that transforms the casual observer into an active participant. They capture an energy and a precision that belies the primitive subject matter.
Some of these paintings include iconic symbols, which are explained in a chart of Australian aboriginal art symbols.

This web site does not include pictures of Australian aboriginal artists, respecting the wishes of the artists.

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