Beyond Sacred: Recent Painting From Australia's Remote Aboriginal Communities

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Hardie Grant, Apr 7, 2009 - Art - 336 pages
Interest in Aboriginal art has grown exponentially over the past few decades, both in Australia and around the world. No longer seen as simply ethnographic, traditional Aboriginal art has evolved into one of the most exciting new forms of modern art. Beyond Sacred: Recent painting from Australia's remote Aboriginal communities is a comprehensive, visually stunning survey of recent Aboriginal art. Ranging across Western Australia and the Northern Territory, from the well-known art centres of Papunya and Utopia to the lesser known communities of Maningrida and Bidyadanga, this book tells the story of Aboriginal art and its growing presence in the contemporary art scene. Strikingly illustrated and lavishly produced, Beyond Sacred: Recent painting from Australia's remote Aboriginal communities features more than 250 paintings and drawings. Works are featured from internationally renowned artists such as Rover Thomas, Emily Kngwarreye and John Mawurndjul as well as from newer discoveries such as Alma Webou and Christine Yukenbarri. It is a major survey of contemporary Aboriginal art in Australia and will inspire the experienced collector and novice alike. Colin and Elizabeth Laverty are collectors with a passion for contemporary art and they have acquired the works featured in the book over the past 20 years. The works have been exhibited in museums and contemporary art galleries throughout Australia and overseas and have been described as the most important private collection of Indigenous art in the country (Nicholas Rothwell, Art writer at The Australian). These paintings are increasingly being hung in contemporary art museums where they more than hold their own with non-Indigenous contemporary art.

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Colin Laverty and Elizabeth Laverty are collectors of contemporary Australian indigenous art.

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