Sothebys to hold the first major Aboriginal art sale in the US in November

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Summer Celebration, 1991
Sotheby's

Sothebys will relocate its Aboriginal art sales from London to New York in November, becoming the first international auction house to offer Australian indigenous art outside Australia or Europe. The move comes amid increased global interest in this field of collecting, says Timothy Klingender, the auction houses senior consultant for Australian art.

Klingender said that Sothebys newly reimagined and expanded galleries in New York would allow it to exhibit Aboriginal art concurrently with its contemporary art sales, capitalising on an “ideal crossover market”.

He notes a growing institutional focus on Aboriginal art in the US, including major touring exhibitions from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl that were presented at such venues as the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Other examples include the Harvard Art Museums 2016 show Everywhen: the Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia, and the Menil Collections forthcoming exhibition Mapa Wiya: (Your Maps Not Needed): Aboriginal Art from the Fondation Opale, set to open in September.

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Untitled, 1990
Sotheby's

Among the highlights of the November sale, which will range from historical pieces to post-colonial contemporary works of art, Sothebys will offer two early large-scale dot paintings by the Australian indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, including Summer Celebration from 1991 (est $300,000-$500,000) and an untitled work from 1990 (est $250,000-$350,000).

Sothebys launched its Aboriginal art category in 1997 at its Sydney outpost, where sales werRead More – Source

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