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Boomalli Prints & Paper: Making Space as an Art Collective

Boomalli Prints & Paper: Making Space as an Art Collective

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Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Ash Duhrkoop and Douglas Fordham. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 2021.

124 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 29 x 22 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9781735326931

In 1987 ten artists founded a cooperative in Australia that demonstrated that Aboriginal art could be both urban and contemporary. They named the group Boomalli, which means ‘to strike’ or ‘make a mark’ in at least three Aboriginal languages. Those ten artists were Bronwyn Bancroft, Euphemia Bostock, Brenda L. Croft, Fiona Foley, Fernanda Martins, Arone Raymond Meeks, Tracey Moffatt, Avril Quaill, Michael Riley and Jeffrey Samuels. As a collective, Boomalli helped to promote the idea of urban Aboriginal art. However, the ten artists had distinctive artistic and personal identities. The work in this exhibition cuts across multiple generations, sexual orientations, and language groups to defy both cultural and artistic expectations. The inclusive environment of Boomalli created a space for these identities to intersect. The spark lit by the founding members of Boomalli transformed what Aboriginal art could be, igniting a movement that spread across Australia.

Subject Headings: Non-Western in a Western Style ; Oceanic Art ; Western Art -- Australia -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 -- Several Fine Arts Media (Western) --

Artist(s): Boomalli (Aboriginal Artists Co-operative)

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