Aboriginal art

Sale of William Barak works breaches 'Aboriginal cultural lore', says Australian Wurundjeri elder

The Wurundjeri Corporation hopes to crowdfund $175,000 to secure the return of the pieces, which are being sold by the De Pury family at Sotheby’s New York

'A desecration': Australian Aboriginal elder fights plans for Indigenous art gallery in Outback, claiming it will disturb ancient spirits

Government plans to build $111m Alice Springs venue would violate numerous sacred sites, First Nations woman says

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SJ Norman wins Australia's Blake Prize for diptych of scarification ritual

The prize recognises a live performance in which the artist was slashed 147 times, addressing the disproportionate incarceration and custody deaths of First Nations people

Australian government spends £10.5m on copyright for Aboriginal flag

Rights to use the design had been granted to a company fined for selling fake Aboriginal art

Ancient Aboriginal rock art—removed by museum staff in the 1960s in an act of 'official vandalism'—returns home

The 4,000-year-old petroglyphs are being handed over by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart

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How an Australian collector’s strings-attached gift paved the way for a new $36m museum

Shepparton Art Museum opened late last year but a ballooning budget and conflicting local politics have made led to a mixed reception

After social media backlash, Dark Mofo art festival in Tasmania launches fund for Aboriginal artists

The festival drew criticism last month for an art project that would crowd-source blood from Indigenous and Aboriginal people

Why we are projecting First Nations art on the Sydney Opera House

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are front and centre in the Art Gallery of New South Wales's expansion plans, writes museum director Michael Brand

Boola Bardip: Perth’s revamped Western Australian Museum opens with new name and focus on Aboriginal heritage

The museum worked with around 60 Aboriginal language groups across the vast state to bring their perspectives into every gallery

Campaign to 'free' the Aboriginal flag gains momentum as Australian government seeks exclusive licensing rights

Made by the Luritja artist Harold Thomas in 1971, the rights to the flag design are currently held by Ben Wooster, a former art dealer previously fined AU$2.3m for selling fake Aboriginal works of art

‘Broken’ heritage laws: Australia launches investigation after 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock art is obliterated

Parliamentary enquiry will examine how mining giant Rio Tinto obtained legal right to destroy ancient Juukan Gorge site

Emily Kame Kngwarreye show in New York highlights spike in interest for Australian indigenous art

The exhibition brings together museum-quality pieces, most consigned by US collectors

Can Australia support two new Aboriginal art museums?

Proposals for Alice Springs and Adelaide have political support but concerns have been raised over competing projects and lack of Indigenous involvement

Collector’s Eye: Bérengère Primat

The French collector tells us about her new foundation of Aboriginal art and why she resists the collecting mentality

Sotheby’s to hold the first major Aboriginal art sale in the US in November

The auction house cites increasing interest in Aboriginal art among US collectors and institutions

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Frida Kahlo's hidden treasures to a layered look at James Baldwin

Dennis and Debra Scholl donate contemporary Aboriginal art to three US museums

The Miami collectors have given 200 Australian works to the Met, Frost and Nevada Museum of Art

British Museum director Neil MacGregor calls for laws that would encourage lending Aboriginal artefacts

As two objects are detained in Victoria, MacGregor believes something good could come out of the present confusion

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Ethnographica or art?

Some European and American museums have bought work by Aboriginal artists but there is no broad base of collectors outside Australia for such paintings and no consensus that this work qualifies as “art”