Aboriginal art becoming darling of US collections

The Australia market for contemporary Aboriginal art has lost its shine but American collectors are seizing the opportunity, as two major exhibitions demonstrate.
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Tommy Mitchel, Warlpapuka, 2009 showing in No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting, The Scholl Collection at PAMM, © Tommy Mitchell estate, courtesy of Warakurna Artists.

Two exhibitions showcasing Aboriginal art are opening in the United States this week, both, drawn exclusively from the private holdings of a handful of American collectors.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina