March 28, 2014
My Country shows scope of Black Australian art
The largest exhibition of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art has opened at the Auckland City Art Gallery Te Toi o Tamaki.
My Country presents the work of more than 40 artists.
Curator Bruce McLean says the show, drawn from the collection of the Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland, aims to present the range of Black Australian experience.
There’s everything from the work done by desert painters trying to pass their stories and traditions on to their young people, to work that talks about the contemporary experience of the 70 percent of Aboriginal people who live in the cities.
"Within Australia and also the message that is often sent out of Australia is that Aboriginal people are a singular type of person, that idea of people painting dots in the Outback is disseminated around the world. This exhibition looks at the diversity of Aboriginal people and experience and tries to present that to people to give them an idea there is no singular Aboriginal person or identity of way of making art," Mr McLean says.
Running alongside My Country are exhibitions featuring the work of Maori women painters and the late Arnold Manaaki Wilson.
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