Advance invites members to the opening of a special Aboriginal exhibition showcasing Australia's 'Icons of the Desert' commencing Tuesday 1 September, 2009 at 11am at the Grey Art Gallery at NYU.
The exhibition tells the remarkable story of art made by Aboriginal artists over a time span of two decades and charts the profound changes reflected in works made by Aboriginal artists as they gain an international spotlight.
In 1971, at Papunya, a government-established Aboriginal relief camp in the Central Australian desert, the Sydney school teacher Geoffrey Bardon provided a group of ranking Aboriginal men with the tools and the encouragement to paint. The resulting works became the first paintings ever to systematically transfer the imagery of their culture to a permanent surface.
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Australia's Art of the Desert
Tuesday 1 September - Saturday 5 December, 2009
Grey Art Gallery, New York University