‘MARKING THE INFINITE: CONTEMPORARY WOMEN ARTISTS FROM ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA’ SHIMMERS AND SWIRLS INTO THE NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

This major touring exhibition on view in Reno February 17 through May 13 presents the work of nine Aboriginal Australian women artists at the forefront of global contemporary art practice.

Aboriginal Australian art might not be well known in the United States, but a major exhibition trekking across the country is leaving its mark on American audiences. Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia presents nine women at the forefront of international contemporary art. Featuring seventy works in mediums ranging from paintings on canvas, paper and eucalyptus bark, to woven installations and video projections, the show is both culturally specific and globally alert. Organized by the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery, Marking the Infinite launched a two-year North American tour in September 2016 and will finally make its way to the originating institution this spring, where it will be on view February 17 through May 13.

Although hailing from some of the most remote communities on the planet, the work of the nine women artists inMarking the Infinite speaks loudly and clearly to our contemporary age. The artists are: Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angeline Pwerle, Carlene West, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yunupingu, and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

While these women are some of the most acclaimed Australian artists working today, for many Marking the Infiniteis their first exposure to American audiences. Represented in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, all nine women are regularly included in major exhibitions in Australia. The work of Nyapanyapa Yunupingu was recently on display in the Sydney Biennale, while her sister Gulumbu Yuunupingu’s work forms a permanent feature of the Musée du quai Branly in Paris. In 2009, Regina Wilson was included in the Moscow Biennale.

The artists are also revered as matriarchs in their communities. Their artworks are proud assertions of who they are and their pride in their communities. This strength of vision is immediately evident in works that shimmer and swirl, that assert their authority like lightning bolts, or sparkle like the night sky.

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