Monday, September 21, 2015

Aboriginal artist, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri's dizzying NYC moment

By Randy Kennedy
Detail of "Untitled" (2015) by Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri. Acrylic paint on canvas. 72.05 × 60.24 inches. Credit Salon 94 gallery
NEW YORK---Mr. Tjapaltjarri (his full name is pronounced war-lehm-peer-ing-ah jah-pal-jah-ree), has taken up painting on canvas with two brothers, adapting ceremonial designs that Pintupi men used on rocks, spears and their bodies. The paintings that have made him a sought-after figure in the Desert Painting movement, which arose in the 1970s and sowed international interest in Aboriginal art, are in one sense transcriptions of the stories. The show runs through Oct. 24 at the Salon 94 gallery on the Bowery, near the New Museum. [link]
Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri with two of his untitled paintings at Salon 94. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times