Thomas Vroom Aboriginal art collection to sell at Bonhams



2015-08-12 13:49:54

Bonhams has announced plans to sell one of Europe's most important collections of Aboriginal art.

The Thomas Vroom Collection will be offered at a single-owner sale in Sydney next month, with an array of works spanning more than a century of continuous Aboriginal art.

Dutch art investor Vroom began collecting Australian Indigenous art in New York in the late 1980s, and quickly amassed a collection of both important historical works and modern pieces by contemporary artists.

He acquired the works during his extensive travels across Australia, from galleries in the capital cities to remote regions, tracking down collections and artworks from the artists themselves.

Amongst the leading highlights of the collection is a strong selection of women's desert paintings by the likes of Dorothy Napangati Robinson, Kathleen Petyarre, Eubena Nampitjin, Queen Mackenzie, and Ngoia Pollard.

The collection also features a group of 30 works by Emily Kgwarreye, Australia's most celebrated Indigenous artist, whom Vroom drove 250 km to meet unannounced at the artist's community of Utopia when he first discovered her work.

Further notable lots will include works Vroom acquired from the Lance Bennett Collection of Western Arnhem Land and the Tiwi islands, featuring rare bark paintings depicting the sexual exploits of spirit figures which were suppressed or destroyed by missionaries in the 1960s.

Selected works from Vroom's esteemed collection sold earlier this year in London, as Sotheby's inaugural Aboriginal Art sale achieved a result of £1,040,625.

Aboriginal Art: The Thomas Vroom Collection takes place at the Jewish Women's Association Hall in Sydney on September 6, with a live simulcast to Como House in Melbourne.

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