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200 Aboriginal Artworks Donated to U.S. Institutions by Dennis and Debra Scholl

Boxer Milner Tjampitjin, Purkitji, 2005.

FROST ART MUSEUM

Miami-based collectors Dennis and Debra Scholl have donated 200 works by contemporary Aboriginal Australian artists to the Frost Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Nevada Museum of Art. Works by Paddy Bedford, Nonggirrnga Marawili, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, and Gulumbu Yunupingu are included in the donation, which will be shared among the three American institutions per an agreement struck prior to the donation, though some works are officially owned by certain institutions.

Ninety of the works will formally enter the collection of the Frost Art Museum in Miami; 19 more will be added to the Met’s holdings. This is the second major donation from the Scholls, who gave 300 works by contemporary artists to the Pérez Art Museum Miami in 2012.

The Scholls have been collecting Aboriginal art for more than a decade. In a statement, Dennis Scholl, who was recently named the president of ArtCenter/South Florida, said, “This is the longest art-making tradition known to mankind. For these communities, visual arts are a primary means of communication. That visual language, and the cultural stories being conveyed through the work, are an important part of the global conversation.”

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