Richly Decorated Memorials Emerge From Ancient Traditions
The New York Times, March 10, 2020
A show in Virginia reflects growing interest in contemporary Aboriginal art, and indigenous works in general.
For indigenous artists all over the world, the march toward representation in museums has been slow and not at all steady. It has come in fits and starts.
In North America, Canadian institutions have generally made more sustained efforts at devoting space and resources to indigenous art than those in the United States. But that has been changing of late.
A current show at the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville offers American viewers a chance to see works by indigenous artists from a remote part of Australia’s Northern Territory known as Arnhem Land.