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Honoring 50 Years of Papunya Tula Painting

Apr 15 2022 – Apr 28 2024

Seattle Art Museum

Third Floor Galleries

50,000 years of Indigenous knowledge were largely ignored until 1971, so elders in the central deserts of Australia began to paint. Their results are both contemporary and ancient, encouraging outsiders to see their country as full of eternal vitality. SAM’s selection will cover the last 50 years of this flourishing movement by the oldest living culture on earth.
Yunarla, 2010, Yukultji Napangati, Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 42 1/8 x 48 1/16 in., Gift of Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan, 2019.20.7, © Artist or Artist’s Estate

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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