Australian Indigenous Art Market Surges Forward

2017 reports including TEFAF’s Art Market Report 2017 and ArtTactic’s Global Market Outlook for 2017, indicate an optimistic increase in global art markets for the start of 2017. In particular, several key international exhibitions in 2016 focusing on Indigenous Australian artists, have seen a tangible resurgence in the demand for the Indigenous art market. To name just a few:

  • Who’s Afraid of Colour, National Gallery of Victoria, VIC, Australia
  • Everywhen, Everywhere, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, QLD, Australia
  • 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial: Defying Empire, National Gallery of Australia, ACT Australia
  • Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, touring exhibition: Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans, thePatricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, The Phillips Collection, Washington, and the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting, collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl (touring exhibition), Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • Tracey Moffat, representing Australia at the 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2017

These significant exhibitions being held around the world demonstrate an increased international awareness and renewed appreciation for the Indigenous Australian art industry, an optimistic sign of things to come.

Naomi Hobson
Yellow River

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