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.
art is quite rare in the United States, with only one major
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 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
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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