For a thousand generations, Australian aboriginals had recorded their mythology in rock, sand and body paintings. Only 30 years ago, those images started making their way onto canvas, creating what Robert Hughes of Time magazine called "The Last great art movement of the 20th century".
The art has been described as mystical and intoxicating, exhilarating, bold and experimental. Despite their native roots, aboriginal paintings are extraordinarily contemporary in style and are increasingly finding their way into international museums and prestigious private collections. 2006 saw a major public museum exhibition of the art in US, at the National Museum for Women in the arts in Washington, DC. The exhibition featured works from many of the large, established private collections of Aboriginal art in the US, including:
- The Kelton Foundation (Santa Monica, CA)
- The Margaret Levi & Robert Kaplan collection (Seattle, WA)
- The Wolfensohn Family Foundation (New York, NY)
- The Kluge-Ruhe collection (held at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA)