Readymade Aboriginal Art

The term “Readymade Art” can be traced to the French artist, Marcel Duchamp whose work in 1917 titled, “Fountain” changed the world of twentieth century art. It was basically a urinal placed at an exhibition.

Yet, objects of any kind can have a presence of symmetry, beauty and power if considerable thought is behind it. As with these aboriginal stone discs, shields and war clubs, they are arranged to evoke a sort of tribal honor. In itself, the formation of these objects are an art installation. The weapons circumvent the entrance door, and the ceiling of a colonial building is eclipsed by the Bird of Paradise.

Postcard – New Guinea 1889

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