The Easel

Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation review – a fabulous beast

Recognition of Aboriginal art has been slow coming – this is the British Museum’s first such major exhibition.The reviewer ascribes this to the all too familiar catalogue of sins committed against Aboriginal artists. However, indigenous art does use an entirely different visual vocabulary.  It was only the emergence of abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock that “created new visual assumptions that have enabled outsiders to at last see the power of Australia’s ancient art forms.”