Aboriginal Australian art is the oldest continuous tradition of art made in the world, stretching back more than 40,000 years. Maymuru, like many Aboriginal Australian women, learned to paint the sacred clan designs from her father, a practice previously reserved only for high-ranking men. Like many female Aboriginal artists, she was also not given a chance to paint for the market until the 1980s; until then, this was the domain of men. It was around this time Aboriginal artwork began to gain popularity in the Australian art world, but in the United States, it caught on only in fits and starts. And then, in many ways, it dropped off the map.
Now, in part because of the interest of some passionate collectors and curators — who feel just as startlingly compelled by the art — Aboriginal Australian art shows, including one featuring only women, are popping up across the country. Read More via PBS.