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Angelenos have two chances to contemplate contemporary Aboriginal art this month:

On Sunday, August 8th from 3:00-7:00 PM the Australian Trade Commission,, and The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, host "Palate and Palette: A Sampling of Australia’s Finest Wines & Paintings" at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey. This show allows visitors to sip 45 Australian wines while viewing contemporary Aboriginal art by such artists as Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Freddy Timms, Kathleen Petyarre, William Sandy, Abie Loy, Gabriella Possum and Maureen Hudson. For reservations, call (310) 229-4869 or (310) 823-1700 x5040.

Once you are sufficently relaxed, (carefully) head over to the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History for "Cultural Copy: Visual Conversations on Indigenous Art and Cultural Appropriation" on view until September 12, 2004. "The exhibition—which includes eight works by artists from Australia and ten by Native American artists from the United States and Canada—includes paintings, mixed media, photographs, digital prints, sculpture, and installations. Though thousands of miles separate the indigenous cultures of Australia and North America, the works address common issues of cultural appropriation that impact both indigenous populations."