Desert + Coast: Seven Elder Aboriginal Painters

Salon 94 in New York is currently showing one of the largest international exhibitions of contemporary Australian First Nations art. Desert + Coast: Seven Elder Aboriginal Painters dedicates a room each to Pintupi artists Yukultji Napangati and Mantua Nangala from the Western Desert; Yolŋu artists Ms N Marawili and Dhambit Munuŋgurr from the coastal Arnhem lands; Kaiadilt artist Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori of Mornington Island; and Pitjantjatjara artists Betty Muffler and Maringka Burton of the Central Desert Region. The renowned female artists taking over the entirety of the gallery represent various geographies, language groups and cultural traditions, highlighted in the presentation of their works. The exhibition emphasises both multiplicity of and affinity between the traditions tied intrinsically to the geography of each painters’ respective Country, from the desert to the coast. Several of the works will then relocate to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a new permanent Oceanic collection. Desert + Coast: Seven Elder Aboriginal Painters runs from January 11 to February 24, 2024.

LENNOX STACMIACCA MelbourneMCA Roslyn Oxley Gallery IMA