This exhibition features six spectacular works of contemporary art by leading Australian Aboriginal artists. Monumental in both scale and ambition, the paintings are part of a 2016 gift that introduces an electrifying new dimension into The Met's representation of global contemporary art. On Country: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan-Levi Gift explores aspects of nature and the elements—the flow of water, the shine or shimmer of rain and lightning—and their relationship to time and the ancestral landscape. Mastering dynamic resonance, or shimmer, and finding ways to capture it on canvas is a highly valued visual effect in Australian Aboriginal art, and one on which these Aboriginal artists have built international reputations.
The exhibition is made possible by The Modern Circle.
Gunybi Ganambarr (Australian, born Yirrkala, 1973). Buyku (detail), 2011. Ocher on incised laminate board, 35 7/8 x 71 1/4 in. (91 x 181 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levi, 2016