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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art

Located in Canberra, the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) serves as Australia's "national cultural institution for the visual arts." Among its holdings is its collection of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art, which, at over 7,500 works, is the largest such collection in the world. Here, readers can browse numerous examples from this diverse collection of contemporary and historical indigenous art, grouped into thematic and regional categories such as nineteenth-century objects, early Western Desert paintings 1971-1974, textiles, and photo media. A particularly notable artwork to explore is The Aboriginal Memorial, an installation created in 1987-1988 by 43 Aboriginal artists, which consists of 200 decorated hollow log coffins. Multiple images of each individual log can be viewed here, and interested visitors can also follow a link to a mini-site for the exhibit for a more detailed explanation. Another collection highlighted here is the Hermannsburg School, featuring artwork by Albert Namatjira, who was "the first Aboriginal artist to be recognised within a wider Western art tradition."
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October 26th, 2018
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October 22nd, 2018 at 2:14pm
Date Of Record Release
October 24th, 2018 at 2:27pm
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