Aboriginal Art



ISBN: 9780500204160 Category:

Wally Caruana


From all parts of the continent, indigenous Australian artists have built on traditions stretching back 50,000 years, working in a variety of contexts from the sacred and secret realm of ceremony to more public spheres. Work across all media is included, from painting, sculpture, engraving, constructions and weaving to photography, printmaking and textile design.

The story of Aboriginal art is brought into the 21st century in this revised and expanded third edition with a new chapter that maps the latest developments across each of Australia’s regions. The impact of urban living, the growth of local art centres that support the work of indigenous artists, and the rise of women artists all testify to Aboriginal art’s continued dynamism and vitality.

Additional information

Weight 560 g
Dimensions 18.7 x 21.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 August 2012
Number of pages 264
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 18.7 x 21.3 cm
Weight 560 g


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Wally Caruana was Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, from 1984 to 2001, during which time he oversaw the development of one of the most important collections of Indigenous Australian art in a public museum. Caruana is now a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Art History, Australian National University, and the Senior Consultant, Aboriginal Art, to Sotheby's Australia.