D’Lan Contemporary Heads Stateside

Melbourne gallery to open new space in New York.

Words: Erin Irwin

Branching out from the heart of the Melbourne CBD to cross the Pacific, D’Lan Contemporary is set to open a new space in New York, USA. This is a logical progression from a program that has regularly hosted exhibitions in the USA with partner venues, alongside shows in Sydney and at national and international art fairs.

The gallery, which exhibits works by established and emerging First Nations artists, will be expanding to the Upper East Side. Director and founder D’Lan Davidson states that, “as this dynamic segment of the Australian art market continues to capture the imagination of discerning audiences and collectors around the world, the opening of this space signals an ecological progression for us – and an opportunity to continue to engage and work with respected and like-minded gallerists, collectors, and communities alike to elevate and celebrate Australian First Nations art on a global stage”.

D’Lan Contemporary’s 81st Street location will be inaugurated with a solo exhibition by Yulparitja/Mangala artist Daniel Walbidi.

Hailing from the Bidyadanga community in Western Australia, the works of Walbidi look beyond the physical landscape and into the metaphysical connections between landscape, culture, and Country. The artist has been the subject of several solo exhibitions across Australia, and has works in important public collections such as that of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.

This article was posted 9 May 2023.

Image: Daniel Walbidi, Winpa, 2022. Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 150 x 180cm. Courtesy: the artist and D’Lan Contemporary, Melbourne and New York.


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