It started with a kiss
Feel like making a long-term plan for your art historical edification (or just getting in a little background)? Well, right now the Art Gallery of NSW has a ‘Great’ with us that is worth checking out not only for its own sake but as a comparison piece to a rather wonderful visitor due here later this year.
2 hours, 26 minutes ago, by Jackie Dunn
News from the bat cave
An installation of fruit bats on a Hills Hoist by artist Lin Onus has charmed many visitors since its creation in 1991. However, the cracks that appeared in some of the animals started us on the trail of solving a conservation mystery.
1 week, 5 days ago, by Kelly McCauley
Ghosts in the walls
If you’re a regular Gallery visitor, you might have a sense of déjà vu at times or pick up on a subtle haunting. Some of this sensation might be the result of a mental amalgam of overlaid images and spaces. But you may be picking up on a little-known fact: there are works within the walls.
1 month, 2 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
At this time of year when we’re all stuffed like stockings fit to burst with consumables, it may be timely to reflect on the work of one of the most kookily radical artists of the last century, Dieter Roth.
1 month, 3 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
The price of change
Thanks to the generosity of some private collectors, the Gallery has on display several works by Zhang Xiaogang, one of the world's great observers of human nature.
2 months, 2 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
Chalking one up to the public
What would you do if you came across human-sized pieces of chalk lying on the sidewalk? Would you pick one up and draw, or write what’s on your mind? Well, on Saturday 10 October 2015, that’s exactly what a whole host of Sydneysiders did.
2 months, 3 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
Creating a self-destroying work of art
Michael Landy is fun. And so was working on the latest installation of his work in Sydney - one of seven complete artist's rooms that are part of 'Seven artists from the John Kaldor Family Collection' at the Art Gallery of NSW.
3 months ago, by Analiese Cairis
We in the digital team spend most of our time thinking about ways to bring art-related content to you anytime, anywhere. We've just released a new app that takes us a little bit closer to knowing where you're at and what content you might want.
3 months, 1 week ago, by Francesca Ford
Caring for the ancestors
An exquisite pair of 18th-century Chinese portraits is on display after some seriously challenging conservation treatment that tested the mettle of the Gallery's head of Asian art conservation.
3 months, 2 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
Vale Robert Dickerson
One of Australia's most prominent senior artists, self-taught painter Robert Dickerson, died in Nowra this week, aged 91.
3 months, 2 weeks ago, by Leanne Santoro
A Stella return
Anyone notice a nine-metre long, boldly striped painting miraculously appear in the Gallery last week? The work by Frank Stella is a collection favourite – so where has it been?
4 months ago, by Jackie Dunn
Give them back their names and their dignity
Although I do not normally believe in conspiracy theories, if you look at the artwork labels at the Gallery, there is evidence of a feline revisionist agenda at play.
4 months ago, by Steven Miller
Would you avoid cake for the sake of anonymity? No, nor would I but it seems the Guerrilla Girls, those masked avengers of feminism, chose to forgo eating a cake celebrating their 30th birthday as it meant having to remove their masks in public! Now that is commitment to the cause.
4 months, 2 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
Forty-two-year-old psychedelic bread
It's been 42 years this week since Miralda’s 8.5-metre-long table of dyed breads, created with local bakers, was first shown in the Gallery’s entrance court. Today, you can see some of those very same loaves on display.
4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
The desktop photographs
These days it's easy to take the fragility of the printed photograph for granted. Changes to the way we create images, and how we print them, are presenting a challenge to conservators.
4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Asti Sherring
On 9 September 2015, Queen Elizabeth surpassed Queen Victoria as Britain's longest serving monarch. In the Gallery and our archives are reminders of their reigns.
5 months ago, by Eric Riddler
The Larter gifts
Seems like generosity is contagious. Following the death of his wife Pat, celebrated painter Richard Larter gifted some of his paintings to friends in her memory. Now, one of those people has generously 're-gifted' one of those works to the Gallery.
5 months ago, by Jackie Dunn
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.
5 months, 1 week 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.
6 months 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.
6 months 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.
6 months, 1 week 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.
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months, 3 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.
7 months ago, by Donna Hinton