By: Diane Granahan
No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting:
Between now and January 3, 2016, the Pérez Art Museum Miami is showcasing work by nine legendary Aboriginal Australian artists, bringing to the fore the unique abstract paintings and works on paper that detail and hint at hidden histories found in their cultural systems, religious beliefs, and social structures. Some of these histories are so intimately woven into the Aboriginal culture that the aspect of not knowing the meaning behind a painting is exactly what adds complexity to the abstraction. Of the exhibiting artists are Paddy Bedford, Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Tommy Mitchell, Ngarra, Boxer Milner Tjampitjin, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Tjumpo Tjapanangvka, Billy Joongoorra Thomas, and Prince of Wales (Midpul). Through this travelling exhibition each artist continues to reach further international recognition, following suit in exemplifying that abstraction in painting not only comes from the de Kooning or Rothko but has existed for a very long time in communities we still know little about today.