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Desert Country

written by Nici Cumpston, Barry Patton

Art Gallery of South Australia | ISBN 9781921668043

Hardback – 216 pages

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Desert Country showcases the finest examples of Aboriginal art from the Art Gallery of South Australia's collection. It features the Gallery's superb holdings of Western Desert painting, including pivotal works by leading artists of the movement from 1971 to the present; as well as documenting the remarkable recent development in Aboriginal art in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankyuntjajara Lands of far northwest South Australia. The works are rich in story and arresting for their innovation, freshness and sumptuous colour.

Desert Country reveals the extraordinary development of the Australian desert painting movement and the flourishing cross-cultural relationships between Aboriginal artists working in the desert regions of South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Through 100 dynamic paintings, Desert Country showcases the enormous diversity of desert art, from the exquisite watercolours of Albert Namatjira, to the ground-breaking canvases of the Papunya Tula artists, and the latest stunning works to emerge from the APY Lands.

Among the highlights are the profoundly powerful works by Pitjantjatjara artists, mapping the devastated lands which they were forced to vacate during the atomic bomb and rocket testing of the 1950s.

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