The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, August 2, 2014


Masterworks by Australia's Best Known Women Painters on View in Washington
Dorothy Napangardi Robinson, born c. 1956. My Country / Traveling Women, 2004. Acrylic on canvas, 98 x 66 in. Warlpiri. Collection of Ann Shumelda Okerson and James J. O’Donnell© the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency 2009.
WASHINGTON, DC.- National Museum of Women in the Arts presents 26 masterworks by some of Australia’s best-known painters, including Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Dorothy Napangardi Robinson, Abie Loy Kemarre, Mitjili Napurrla, and Eubena Nampitjin in Lands of Enchantment: Australian Aboriginal Painting, on view October 9, 2009, through January 10, 2010.

These works of art, which have never been exhibited publicly, are drawn from the collection of Ann Shumelda Okerson and James J. O’Donnell of New Haven, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. They are avid world travelers as well as passionate educators, and are devoted to sharing their collection with the public and ensuring the legacy of Aboriginal artists.

In recent years, Australian Aboriginal art has captured the attention of the global art market. Collectors and museums worldwide relish the striking color and intricate patterning of Aboriginal paintings created by artists in the nation’s central desert region in particular. The works’ nuanced expressions of Aboriginal history and culture reinforce their significance as rich cultural artifacts.

“Ms. Okerson and Dr. O’Donnell are among the many collectors worldwide who are passionate about Australian Aboriginal art. NMWA is delighted to present this exhibition that not only builds on our 2006 exhibition Dreaming their Way: Australian Aboriginal Artists but also brings to light an outstanding private collection centered here in Washington, D.C.,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling.

In 2006, NMWA blazed a trail for female Australian Aboriginal painters by presenting the ground-breaking exhibition, Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters. Lands of Enchantment builds on Dreaming Their Way by including works by male artists in order to demonstrate the broader context of contemporary Aboriginal painting.

Lands of Enchantment explores how contemporary Australian Aboriginal paintings are expressive representations of Dreamings—ancient Aboriginal stories about creation and ancestral spirits who inhabited an undatable past called Dreamtime. Contrary to the prevalent Western view that draws clear distinctions between nature and civilization, Aboriginal culture holds that all living beings and elements of geography have been inextricably related through time.

Aboriginal artists have long been noted for their work in traditional media such as bark painting and wood carving. Although these art forms are still practiced, many contemporary artists working in central Australia—including those featured in Lands of Enchantment—choose to work with the modern medium of acrylic paint on fabric. They extend the ancient tradition of drawing ritual designs on the body or into the earth by rendering intensely colored, semi-abstract symbols of plants, animals, and features of the landscape on their canvases. Through these alluring images, the artists seek to share a part of Aboriginal culture. The paintings are also powerful political acts— statements of the Aboriginal people’s rights to the land and assertions of their enduring cultural presence in Australia.

National Museum of Women in the Arts | Emily Kame Kngwarreye | Dorothy Napangardi Robinson | Lands of Enchantment |


Today's News

October 10, 2009

Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts Opens at the V&A in London

French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand Agrees to Return Egyptian Art

Exhibition of Works Created Between the 60s and 70s at Sperone Westwater

Carmen Giménez Named Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the Guggenheim

Christie's Fall Season of Photographs Sale Realizes $7.5 Million

Acquavella Galleries Shows Large Scale Works by Jean Paul Riopelle

National Gallery of Art Acquires Leo Villareal's Installation Multiverse

Damien Hirst's Pharmacy will be Exhibited at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Frick Collection Announces European Painting Exhibition for 2010

Imperial White Jade Double-Dragon Seal for Sale at Bonhams

Getty Reveals Scientific Knowledge from the Medieval and Early Modern Period

Eric Zener's Oil Paintings of Swimmers in Vivid Blue Water on View at Hespe

A Trove of Rare Treasures on Offer at Christie's in November

Kitty Kraus Exhibits for Second Installment of Intervals at the Guggenheim Museum

'Accidental Mummies' Making US Debut in Detroit

Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens Premieres at the Phillips Collection

Masterworks by Australia's Best Known Women Painters on View in Washington

Guggenheim Announces Short List for Hugo Boss Prize 2010

Kennedy Center Enlists Art Groups for Education

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'

Related Stories



70-Year Retrospective Highlights African, Caribbean and American Iconography

National Museum of Women in the Arts Launches Web 2.0 Initiative

Classic Beauty Blooms on Canvas in Elements of Nature: Equines and Still Lifes by Clarice Smith at NMWA

Enigmatic Images Unveiled in Telling Secrets: Codes, Captions, and Conundrums in Contemporary Art

$25 Can Win a MINI Cooper at National Museum of Wildlife Art

Jackson Hole-based National Museum Explores Wildlife through Fine Art



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site