Newton and Louise Tarble Gallery | Floor 2
The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles from the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collectionpresents 105 works from contemporary Aboriginal artists from Arnhem Land. Traditionally, these poles—named lorrkon in the west and larrakitj in the east—marked the final point in Aboriginal mortuary rites. They signified the moment when the spirit of the deceased had finally returned home—when they had left all vestiges of the mundane “outside” world, and become one with the “inside” world of the ancestral realm. Today, these poles are made as works of art.
The artists included in the exhibition are some of the most respected contemporary artists working in Australia today. These include artists such as John Mawurndjul, who was recently honored with a retrospective at the Museum Tinguely in Basel; Djambawa Marawili, whose work has been included in the Moscow, Istanbul and Sydney Biennales; and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, whose work is currently touring the US in the exhibition Marking the Infinite. And yet, it is not artworld acclaim that these artists seek: the power of their work comes from its desire to communicate the persistence and beauty of Aboriginal culture to the world. To scratch beneath the surface and show what hides beneath.
The Inside World is drawn from the collections of Miami based collectors and philanthropists Debra and Dennis Scholl. The exhibition is the third touring exhibition of their Aboriginal art collections, following the successful exhibitions Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artist from Aboriginal Australia, and No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting, which toured to 12 museums in North America.