early aboriginal paintings from papunya

icons of the desert: early aboriginal paintings from papunya

“In 1971, at Papunya, a government-established Aboriginal community in Central Australia, a Sydney- based schoolteacher provided a group of men with the tools and the encouragement to paint. Known as ‘Papunya boards,’ these works constituted the beginning of the Western Desert art movement where indigenous Australian artists explore images and experiences in a new medium and on permanent surfaces. Drawn from the John and Barbara Wilkerson Collection, the exhibition includes masters of the Papunya School such as Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi, Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, and Mick NamararriTjapaltjarri.” from nyu’s grey art gallery website – on view through december 5