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Desert Painters of Australia Part II

With Works from the Collection of Steve Martin and Anne Stringfield

July 26–September 6, 2019
Beverly Hills

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri; © Ronnie Tjampitjinpa/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Ronnie Tjampitjinpa/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri; © Ronnie Tjampitjinpa/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Ronnie Tjampitjinpa/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © George Tjungurrayi/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © George Tjungurrayi/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Willy Tjungurrayi/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Yukultji Napangati/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Emily Kame Kngwarreye/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Willy Tjungurrayi/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Yukultji Napangati/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Emily Kame Kngwarreye/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view Artwork, left and right: © Ronnie Tjampitjinpa/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; center: © Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view

Artwork, left and right: © Ronnie Tjampitjinpa/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; center: © Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Yukultji Napangati/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Ronnie Tjampitjinpa/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © George Tjungurrayi/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Tjumpo Tjapanangka/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Emily Kame Kngwarreye/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Yukultji Napangati/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Ronnie Tjampitjinpa/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © George Tjungurrayi/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Tjumpo Tjapanangka/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Emily Kame Kngwarreye/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Naata Nungurrayi/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Yinarupa Nangala; © Makinti Napanangka/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Ronnie Tjampitjinpa/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Emily Kame Kngwarreye/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Naata Nungurrayi/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Yinarupa Nangala; © Makinti Napanangka/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Ronnie Tjampitjinpa/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019; © Emily Kame Kngwarreye/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Works Exhibited

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Tarkulnga, 1988 Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 71 ¾ × 59 ¾ inches (182.2 × 151.8 cm)© Ronnie Tjampitjinpa. Photo: Rob McKeever

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Tarkulnga, 1988

Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 71 ¾ × 59 ¾ inches (182.2 × 151.8 cm)
© Ronnie Tjampitjinpa. Photo: Rob McKeever

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Merne Akngerre, 1992 Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 47 × 119 inches (119.4 × 302.3 cm)© Emily Kame Kngwarreye/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Merne Akngerre, 1992

Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 47 × 119 inches (119.4 × 302.3 cm)
© Emily Kame Kngwarreye/Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019

About

Through their surface resemblance to Western abstraction, [the paintings] effect a thrilling reversal of the rules of our museums and markets, and map a new kind of cosmopolitanism that spans ages and continents.
—Jason Farago, New York Times

Gagosian is pleased to present a sequel to the critically acclaimed Desert Painters of Australia, again drawing from the distinguished collection of Steve Martin and Anne Stringfield. This is the first time that the work of Indigenous Australian artists will be shown in Los Angeles since Icons of the Desert at UCLA’s Fowler Museum in 2009.

Evolving out of ancestral rituals of mark making practiced for many thousands of years, such as tree carving, body painting, and sand drawing, painting on canvas is a fairly recent phenomenon for remotely based Indigenous Australians, linked to the forced displacement in the late 1960s of communities such as the Pintupi, Luritja, Warlpiri, and Arrernte peoples to the Papunya settlement in the Northern Territory. This social upheaval inadvertently created a resilient hub of artistic production: out of communal work on canvas, wall, and ground emerged the movement now referred to as Western Desert painting.

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