A wing of the National Gallery of Victoria is located at Federation Square a short distance from the main gallery on St. Kilda street after crossing over the Yarra River Bridge.
The Ian Potter wing contains an amazing collection of aboriginal art. Ian Potter was a successful Melbourne businessman and philanthropist who endowed a collection for indigenous art from all over Australia.
We walked through the Potter gallery, amazed at the simplicity and stunning beauty of the indigenous works. They have features in common, bold colors and basic designs, lines that look like branches, circles that could be clouds, the moon, or lights, and symbols from nature: rivers, mountains, animals, birds, rocks, stars, and trees. Many defy analysis or interpretation. But all are painted in bold, primary colors.
A few works had a modern, abstract quality similar to what you might find in a European or American gallery.
Australian aboriginal art deserves more attention and respect in the international art world. From what we’ve seen in Sydney, Melbourne, and later in Alice Springs, the time is overdue.
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Next: Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Garden
As many of you know, I also write mysteries and romantic suspense novels.
I recently published my first international thriller, Thirteen Days in Milan, which is available on Kindle as well as other ereaders, tablets, and smartphones.
I’m back in Europe for the summer to hire a translator and to research my next book which will also be a thriller based in Milan. I’ll be posting along the way from Milan, Stresa, Zurich and other locations.
I have a few posts on another blog, Anatomy of a Thriller, where I write about the process of researching and writing an international thriller. I’ll add more posts there as well.
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