Synopses & Reviews
Widely sought after, Aboriginal art has now taken its place in the collections of the great museums and galleries.This is the first concise survey of the full range of the work of Australia's indigenous artists from all parts of the continent. Building on traditions that stretch back at least fifty millennia, these artists have worked in a variety of contexts, from the sacred realm of ceremony to more public spheres, and in media that include painting, sculpture, engraving, constructions, weaving, and--most recently--photography, printmaking, and textile design. The second edition includes additional illustrations and a new section covering the most recent developments in Aboriginal art.
The semi-abstract images ....display an eerie beauty that is alternately fascinating, inspiring and disturbing. (Los Angeles Times)
This revised edition of Caruana's comprehensive survey contains new illustrations and updated information covering developments in the field of Aboriginal art, which thrives in a variety of contexts - sacred and secular - and in wide range of media.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-230) and index.
Aboriginal artists today practice in the world's longest continuous tradition of art.
About the Author
Wally Caruana is an independent curator and consultant on Aboriginal art and was formerly Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, from 1984 to 2001. He has edited several books and catalogues on Aboriginal art and curated a number of major exhibitions in Australia and internationally.