Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art (Main Space)
702 Â½ Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501
09 July 2010 – 31 August 2010
Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, will present the inaugural biennale exhibition, Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art “ Now. This exhibition presents new work by Australian indigenous artists represented by Vivien Anderson Gallery. The show runs July 9 “ August 31, 2010. The opening reception will be Friday, July 9th from 5-7pm. Vivien Anderson as well as many of her artists have traveled from Australia to attend the opening.
The exhibition, Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art “ Now, includes the senior artists of Tjungu Palya Artists,The Spinifex Mob, W.A., Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi of Elcho Island and the Yolngu artists Dhuwarrwarr Marikaand Djirrirra Wunungmurra of Yirrkala Northeast Arnhemland.
Vivien Anderson Gallery specializes in the representation of unique indigenous Australian artists. The gallery’s director, Vivien Anderson, has twenty five years expertise in the field of Australian Aboriginal art. Each artist represented by Vivien Anderson Gallery is acknowledged for their original vision and a strong commitment to their work and careers, and universally share a willingness to speak their minds and commit their strong ideas to their work.
Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art occupies a unique place in the diverse landscape of Santa Fe galleries by focusing on contemporary abstraction from locally and nationally recognized artists. Within this group of forty represented artists, the largest subgroup includes work by contemporary Native American artists. These Native artists, mostly from the surrounding New Mexico pueblos, often draw from traditional forms and themes using a contemporary visual vocabulary. This new vocabulary is grounded in cultural perspectives, but expresses itself through the lens of modern life and the evolving contemporary identity of Native American artists. As a gallery at the center of this contemporary Native dialog, Chiaroscuro becomes a natural choice to introduce and present Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art to our regional and national audience.