Booker-Lowe Gallery Talk: "Where did it all begin?"
Booker-Lowe Gallery launches a series of monthly gallery talks about the Australian Aboriginal art movement, featuring discussions related to current exhibitions. The gallery is currently exhibiting Sharing the Dreamtime, which features traditional paintings created by Papunya artists in the 1980s. Among the artists featured are Mick Namarari Tjapaljarri, Dini Campbell Tjapitjinpa and William Sandy.
Forty-five years ago, Australian Aboriginal art consisted of ancient cave drawings, bark paintings and simple carvings decorated with natural pigments, as well as ephemeral sand paintings and body paint for ceremonies. Then, in 1971 a young teacher, Geoffrey Barden, went to Papunya, a government settlement for indigenous people and changed the art world forever. The artists of Papunya have continued to create timeless traditional paintings of their western desert.
This conversation focuses on the birth of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement and where you can see important exhibitions of Papunya paintings in the U.S. this year.