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Desert Painting Now: New Works for the Collection

mukurtu 2010

Nancy Nyanjilpayi Chapman, May Maywokka Chapman, Mulyatingki Marney, Marjorie Malatu, Yates | Manyjilyjarra people WA | Mukurtu 2010 | Synthetic polymer paint on linen | Purchased 2010 with funds from Professor John Hay, AC, and Mrs Barbara Hay through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Image courtesy: Martumili Artists, Newman

14 May – 14 August 2011 | Gallery of Modern Art

Much of the most exciting art emerging from the growing desert painting movement is now being produced by ‘new’ painting communities — some of the smallest and most isolated in Australia — that have only recently joined the larger movement. These include the Anangu, Ngaanyatyara, Pitjantjatjara and Yangkuntjatjara communities on the borders of South Australia and the Northern Territory, running into Western Australia; and art centres connected to the Canning Stock Route in Western Australia, including Martumili, Mangkaja and Bidyadanga.

These new acquisitions have been enabled by the generosity of Chair of the Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees, Professor John Hay, AC, and Mrs Barbara Hay, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation. The works will be displayed alongside those from neighbouring art centres held in the Collection. These art communities are at the forefront of an exciting new current in Indigenous Australian art, making a strong a push toward more vibrant, gestural and colourful aesthetic statement.

Curator 's tour | 1.00pm Wednesday 18 May, Gallery 1.2 GoMA
On International Museum Day, Bruce McLean, Associate Curator, Indigenous Australian Art will explore recent contemporary Indigenous desert painting.