Gallery Anthony Curtis
Mimih Spirit Sculpture

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The Landing of Aboriginals in Boston


Boston - April 2nd, 2007 -- Active as the art scene in Boston is, one aspect that is curiously missing is Australian Aboriginal Art. Considered as an important and vibrant component of the modern art movement, Contemporary Aboriginal Art is a fascinating field that has gained worldwide attention. By preserving one of the longest art traditions on earth and adapting it to modern techniques, Aboriginal artists have developed an extremely unique identity. The impressively long history and complex social structures have also imparted Aboriginal art with a dazzling diversity. As a pioneer in showing Aboriginal Art, Gallery Anthony Curtis is proud to announce its first exhibition "Crossing the Dreaming Land: Ceremonial Art from Arnhem Land Northern Australia", the first such exhibition held in a commercial gallery in New England.

This exhibition showcases artworks created by a group of Aboriginal artists who live and work across the Arnhem Land and its surrounding regions in Northern Territory. This area is the last frontier of Aboriginal homeland and its cultural reservoir. Both internationally celebrated and upcoming artists are included in this exhibition. Artworks in a wide range of media and styles are presented, such as Ochre and Acrylic paintings, Lorrkon ceremonial logs, Banumbirr feather poles and painted wood sculptures. Diverse as these artworks are, they all depict the Dreaming concept, the Aboriginal interpretation of world genesis. The Dreaming is a time prior to the existence of human beings when ancestors, in many varied forms, lived on earth and shaped its landscape via their epic journeys. Aboriginal people believe that these ancestors still exist and influence human society. Aboriginal art is made as homage to this belief and serves as a spiritual link between the present and the past.