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Contemporary Aboriginal artContemporary Aboriginal Art


The growth of contemporary Aboriginal art is a remarkable story. While the greatest flowering of modern Aboriginal art can be traced from the rise of the central desert art movement at Papunya, the antecedents of Aboriginal art expression using modern materials in a mixed cultural context can be identified much earlier.

We intend to provide a series of articles reviewing the emergence of contemporary Aboriginal art. These articles will cover such topics as Aboriginal artists of the nineteenth century, the relationship of Aboriginal art in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s to other Australian artists, the emergence of Albert Namatjira and associated artists, growth in urban and political art in the 1960s and 1970s - and of course the Papunya story and developments since.

This section of our Web site looks not only at Aboriginal art and artists, but also at the interaction of Aboriginal and non-indigenous Australian art.

Our initial pages cover the following topics:

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