No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Art, an exhibit of nine leading male contemporary Australian artists, is sophisticated, nuanced, beguiling, and fresh.
At first blush, the abstract art is dynamic, complicated, and fluid. Dots shimmer. Stokes of paint vibrate. Until, a quiet space to listen is discovered.
Once discovered, as though cymbals clash to announce a symphony, one hears through the artist the longing, ancient tales, heavenly ascents, complete unity with ones surroundings, and, respect for the tiny minuscule space of human life within the span of human existence.
Nine artists from Northwest Australia, Paddy Bedford, Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Midpul (Prince of Wales), Tommy Mitchell, Ngarra, Billy Joongoora Thomas, Boxer Milner Tjampitjin, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, and, Tjumpo Tjapanangka represent a rarely seen community of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art.
Each of these artists reveal a sophisticated expression of storytelling of ancient practices and traditions of a civilization over 40,000 years old. With skilled precision, these artists have earned a front seat in 21st century contemporary art.
William Fox, Director, Center for Art and Environment and curator Henry Skerritt organized the No Boundaries exhibit from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl, Miami based entrepreneurs, art collectors and philanthropists. Together they present for the first time to the American audience extraordinary art by the leading Australian Aboriginal artists.
Debra and Dennis Scholl are bold pioneers and visionaries. They explored and delved into remote regions of Australia discovering artists who are the most advanced. Now, artists within their collection are taking the front seat of the global stage of contemporary art.
Dennis Scholl has stated “These painters have gone far beyond the boundaries of their community, their ‘country,’ and the very idea of their work as merely ethnographic. They are simply painters—some of the finest abstract painters this planet has ever seen.”
The exhibit has been presented at Nevada Museum of Art, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Pérez Art Museum in Miami, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
The final presentation of No Boundaries is open to the visitors for scheduled in advance appointments between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C. until February 7th, 2017.
No Boundaries is a must see exhibit. Explore and be present in a rarely seen collection of Australian titans of contemporary art.
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