PICA is proud to be participating in a major national tour of Aboriginal contemporary Art. The exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal Australian artists will travel to museums and art centers around the country in 2015–16. No Boundaries presents the work of nine trailblazing artists who were inspired by their ancient cultural traditions to forge one of the most dynamic painting movements of recent times. The exhibition will be comprised of more than 75 paintings produced between 1992 and 2012.

Created at the frontier where Indigenous and Western cultures meet, these paintings speak across cultures, a reminder that contemporary art comes from all corners of the globe. This exhibition offers the very first opportunity for U.S. audiences to view these artists’ works in depth, featuring a stunning selection from each period in their careers. Although rarely seen in the U.S., these artists stand at the vanguard of global contemporary art practice.


Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri (born circa 1958), Paddy Bedford (c.1922–2007), Jananggoo Butcher Cherel (c.1918–2009), Tommy Mitchell (c.1943–2013), Ngarra (c.1920–2008), Prince of Wales (Midpul) (c.1938–2002), Billy Joongoora Thomas (c.1920–2012), Boxer Milner Tjampitjin (c.1935–2009), and Tjumpo Tjapanangka (c.1929–2007).

Exhibition Tour Schedule

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, February 14 – April 26, 2015
PICA, Portland, Oregon, June 20 – August 16, 2015
Pérez Art Museum Miami, September 17, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Detroit, Michigan, January 17 – May 15, 2016


No Boundaries: Aboriginal Contemporary Abstract Painting originated at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada and was organized by William Fox, Director, Center for Art and Environment, and scholar Henry Skerritt. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl.

Exhibition Sponsors

Sarah Miller-Meigs and Andrew Meigs

The Robert Lehman Foundation

The Jackson Foundation

Beam Development

PICA’s visual art programs are supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, PICA’s Visual Art Circle, and are supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.