The Awakening Dream, Seminal Aboriginal Art from Australia's Far North, was a1995 exhbition of early bark paintings from the Barnett Collection, curated by David Betz. The Barnett Collection was assembled by Dorthy Bennett in 1962 - 1963. Dorothy Bennett almost single handedly created the early market for Aboriginal art, inspiring American collectors such as Lewis Allen (whose collection highlights the Art Gallery of Western Australia), Ed Ruhe ( his collection is now part of the Kluge-Ruhe Collection at the University of Virginia), and Ted Barnett. A number of historic works from the Barnett collection are posted on this site under the section heading Art of Arnhem Land. A limited number of these early barks are currently available.




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