'Marking the Infinite' at The Phillips Collection: Spotlight on Aboriginal Women Artists
May 28, 2018
You may or may not know that our very own Regina Pilawuk Wilson is one of 9 artists featured in 'Marking the Infinite' - an exciting showcase of work by Aboriginal women artists at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, launching on 2nd June. Regina is currently touring the USA with support from the Australian Embassy in line with this exhibition.
The Phillips Collection website summarises this extensive exhibition like this:
'In the late 1980s women artists took the reins of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement in Australia. After years of working in the shadows, assisting their fathers and husbands, they burst onto the scene, giving it a new vitality and dynamism. Women artists redrew the boundaries of Aboriginal art, and continue to be among its most daring innovators. Though cultural activity has always been central to the secular and sacred lives of women, art making in recent decades has offered a key means for women to also maintain their social and economic independence.
The nine artists in this exhibition—Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angelina Pwerle, Carlene West, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yunupingu, and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu—offer a glimpse into the diverse contemporary art practice of Aboriginal Australia. Hailing from remote areas across the island continent, they are revered matriarchs, commanding leadership roles and using art to empower their respective communities. The works are steeped in ancient cultural traditions, specific to each artist, and yet speak to universal contemporary themes, revealing the continued relevance of indigenous knowledge in the 21st century.'
Where? The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW Washington DC, USA
When? June 2 - Sept 9, 2018
Who? Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angelina Pwerle, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yunupingu, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, and Carlene West.