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Blak to the Future
Childhood Dreaming (1973-1974)
oil on canvas
198.2 x 289.6 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Blak to the Future celebrates Indigenous art in Australia. It looks at major artists across time and place who have been at the forefront in creating new forms of expression and in maintaining and regenerating customary cultural practices and iconography. Great individual artists, such as, Paddy Compass Namadbara, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Rover Thomas, Trevor Nickolls, Lin Onus, Emily Kam Kngwarray, Sally Gabori, Brook Andrew and Destiny Deacon have shaped and transformed the face of Indigenous art in Australia and inspired many artists to follow their example.
This positive and powerful exhibition will introduce audiences to some of the most significant works by Indigenous artists in the NGV Collection and will explore some watershed moments in the history of Australian art.