20 Aug 2022 – 18 Jun 2023
GOMA | Gallery 3.2 | Free

‘Transitions’ charts the evolution of Aboriginal art from 1940s to the present through early bark painting representations of the country’s ancestral creators and its fauna, to recent bold explorations of materials and subjects that reflect vibrant contemporary cultural and aesthetic transitions.

The exhibition includes some of the earliest bark paintings to enter a State collection – rare works gifted to the Gallery from the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land – and a major new gift of historical barks from collector Robert Bleakley. A focused group of innovative contemporary images and sculptures also featured by celebrated artists including Gunybi Ganambarr, Shirley Macnamara and Jonathan Jones.

‘Transitions’ spans seven decades of the art of First Nations people in a rare opportunity to experience the breadth of one of the world’s richest and most ancient of artistic expressions.

Jonathan Jones untitled (domestic heads or tails) 2009

Jonathan Jones, Kamilaroi/Wiradjuri people, Australia b.1978 / untitled (domestic heads or tails) 2009 / Fluorescent tubes with fittings, electrical cords and cable ties / Pair: 62 x 34cm (diam.) (each) / Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Jonathan Jones.

Shirley Macnamara Cu 2016

Shirley Macnamara, Artist, Indjalandji Dhidhanu/Alyawarr people, Australia 1949; Nathaniel Macnamara, Assistant, Indjalandji Dhidhanu/Alyawarr people, Australia b.2004 / Cu 2016 / Hand coiled copper wire and raw copper / 22 x 25 x 25cm / Purchased 2017 with funds from Gina Fairfax through the Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Shirley Macnamara.