Mailing out news on Pat Larter
Pat Larter's archive is now housed at the Art Gallery of NSW. Don’t be fooled – these are not dry clinical documents with little life left in them, but rather a rich treasure from a leading figure in the international mail art movement.
2 days, 19 hours ago, by Jackie Dunn
A social network: connections to Julia Margaret Cameron
Julia Margaret Cameron's photography was inextricably linked to her social network and the art of her contemporaries, and there are many links - both social and artistic - to artists and works in the Gallery's collection.
3 weeks, 1 day ago, by Isobel Parker Philip
Chinese artists in the Archibald
When the Archibald Prize for portraiture was established almost 100 years ago, it's unlikely anyone would have been able to imagine the impressive contribution that artists from China would one day make.
3 weeks, 2 days ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
Bringing sound to silence
Made in the early 1930s, on the cusp of the sound era, 'Misère au Borinage' is considered one of the most significant works of early political cinema, but screening it posed a particular challenge to the Gallery, which saw us creating a voice-over and musical soundtrack to accompany this silent classic.
1 month ago, by Robert Herbert
David Strachan’s salmon fricassé
No, we aren’t trying to jump on the celebrity cooking show bandwagon, we’re Cooking for Copyright. You too can join the social media campaign to reform archaic laws.
1 month, 1 week ago, by Steven Miller
What’s behind the wall?
When you enter the exhibition 'Seven artists from the John Kaldor Family Collection', you may think we haven’t finished installing. There’s an element in the work of artist Daniel von Sturmer that confounds expectations and spatial understanding, while revealing some interesting aspects of the inner workings of major galleries.
1 month, 1 week ago, by Jackie Dunn
Do I know you?
As always, there are artists in this year's Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes who we probably recognise, but there are new faces too and some 2014 debutantes who are back for a second time.
1 month, 2 weeks ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
Back in black
After a mammoth conservation treatment, a massive one-tonne sculpture by one of Australia’s most important and highest profile sculptors is back on display at the Gallery - structurally stable, rust removed and with a satin black finish.
1 month, 3 weeks ago, by Donna Hinton
Art Stuff: our blog
Are you a subscriber to the Art Gallery of NSW blog? Not yet a subscriber? Well, either way, we all agreed ‘Blog’ is not such a great name for a blog. A bit like ‘Newspaper’ for a newspaper.
2 months ago, by Jackie Dunn
Ai Weiwei: an archive
‘It’s such a wonderful thing, the Internet,’ says Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. ‘People who don’t know me can see exactly what I’m doing.’ For the 'Go East' exhibition, he has created a new work that is a calligraphic recollection of his blogging and internet activity from 2005 to 2013.
2 months ago, by Macushla Robinson
Fiona Hall in Venice
For those of you encountering the new acquisition 'Fool’s gold' at the Gallery and wondering why the name rings bells, the artist Fiona Hall has been popping up all over news services in recent weeks as Australia’s representative at the Venice Biennale.
2 months ago, by Jackie Dunn
Seeing politics with an artist’s eye: Ben Quilty and Henri Matisse
What do you think of when you think of political art? It's not likely to be bright colours and decoration, lots of dancing, and paper collage. It takes a political artist to recognise the politics of another, as we learnt when Ben Quilty spoke about Henri Matisse.
2 months, 1 week ago, by Jackie Dunn
Bonnard and Kapoor in Paris...and Sydney
If you're heading to Paris soon, you can catch exhibitions of works by Pierre Bonnard and Anish Kapoor. If you can't make it, come in now to the Gallery to see striking pieces by both artists.
2 months, 1 week ago, by Jackie Dunn
To morbidity and beyond
Yea, though we take a quick nip through the valley of the shadow of death, we shall fear no boredom. There’s plenty of life in the subject, as evidenced by the increasing number of art books published with this focus.
2 months, 1 week ago, by Holly Bennett
We're all big kids at heart
At the recent Museums & Galleries National Awards, we won an innovation award for Pop Play. Now there is a new creative space at the Gallery where you can once again sit, colour and be carefree.
2 months, 2 weeks ago, by Ashley McDonald
Who is Guido Valdez?
A most captivating character has recently taken up residence in the Gallery’s Contemporary Galleries, migrating to Sydney we’re told for a season of rest and recreation. Watch out, Guido Valdez is here and he’s dressed to party. But who is this new man about town?
2 months, 4 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
Encountering Grayson Perry
The first time I saw Grayson Perry I didn’t see Grayson, I saw Claire. Like millions of others on news services worldwide I watched Claire, the British artist’s alter-ego, accept his 2003 Turner Prize in full party dress – that is, in full child, female child’s, party dress.
3 months, 1 week ago, by Jackie Dunn
A joint effort
Four thousand, three hundred and sixty. That’s how many bone-like letters - each about 15 centimetres high - we’ve installed in the Gallery’s entrance court in the last two weeks or so for an installation by Indian artist Jitish Kallat.
3 months, 2 weeks ago, by Charlotte Cox
Saving a Streeton
One of Australia’s best known and most influential landscape painters, Arthur Streeton was an official war artist during World War I. An important work from his service recording the battlefields of Europe is in urgent need of conservation treatment.
3 months, 3 weeks ago, by Paula Dredge
Is this the ultimate selfie?
The 47 photographs in Sue Ford's 'Self-portrait with camera (1960-2006)' predate smartphones and selfie-sticks but are still a strong contender for the title of 'ultimate selfie'.
3 months, 3 weeks ago, by Jane Wynter
Colour by numbers
I was walking through the Archibald exhibition several years ago when I was struck by how perfectly one of the paintings had captured the colours and textures of Wednesday. Synaesthesia – a condition of ‘joined’ sensations – is part of life for what is now estimated to be around 4 per cent of people.
4 months ago, by Holly Bennett
We're back and louder than ever
The photography gallery has reopened with an exhibition of photographs of women by women, celebrating the 40th anniversary of International Women's Year.
4 months, 1 week ago, by Judy Annear
The compound lens project
Patrick Pound and Rowan McNaught's project is, in a sense, a digitally updated form of the album traditionally used to sort, categorise and view photographs.
4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Georgina Cole
An art tour that's like a dinner party
Interacting with art can be more than just enjoyable, it can be therapeutic, even transformative. And taking part in an art tour that is a bit like a dinner party can be a highly rewarding experience for all involved.
5 months, 2 weeks ago, by Kica Saar
Did you see that?
If you've seen the recent feature film 'Mr Turner', you may have noticed a familiar painting - the Gallery's own 'Chaucer at the court of Edward III' by Ford Madox Brown.
6 months, 1 week ago, by Josephine Touma