The History of Aboriginal Art in 25 Pictures… more or less…
The year 2020 marks the 250th Anniversary of Cook’s landing in Australia. Since he first came ashore in 1770, each decade up until today has given rise to definitive works of art by Aboriginal and white Australians that have shaped understandings of Aboriginal art, Aboriginal artists and the Aboriginal culture in which the art originates. This paper will attempt to chart this history via a comparative juxtaposition with Aboriginal and non-Indigenous depictions of Aboriginal people across the last 250 years. Various works will be looked at in detail, artists’ backgrounds unpacked and exhibition intentions explored.
This lecture will be presented by Franchesca Cubillo, Senior Curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia.