The Easel

Archives: Sebastian Smee

4th September 2018

Introducing the greatest aboriginal artist unknown in America

Art critic Robert Hughes called indigenous art “the last great art movement of the 20th century”. Where does it fit in the art canon? Perhaps it is more clearly seen from outside Australia, the writer wonders. To judge the aesthetics, one artist simply places his works among the trees. “I walk away and I come back and I look at it to see if there’s movement, shimmer … If it does, I am happy.”

(See Coming Up above – Ed)