I see from Will Owen's blog (My Country: I Still Call Australia Home @ GoMA) that the Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art has a rather spectacular exhibition of Aboriginal art running until 7 October. This is an example of some of the work.
While I have been interested in Aboriginal art for quite a long time and have seen some exhibitions, I don't have a clear picture in my mind of all the patterns. Certainly, I have seen some beautiful work. I do wonder some time, however, about the extent to which to which the art risks becoming too stylised, too stereotyped, too locked in rigid cultural forms.
I mention this because a few years back I went to an exhibition of current Aboriginal art from NSW selected from the best pieces entered in a competition. It was, I thought, very ordinary, locked into standard forms but without that freshness that marks the best of the Aboriginal art that I have seen.
I commend Will's post to you.