An art of gold
The PUSHMATAaHA jewellery range was custom-designed and hand-made for the Gallery Shop to complement the Afghanistan exhibition.
6 days, 14 hours ago, by Holly Bennett
In the frame
A little over a year ago I began my three-year traineeship in reproduction decorative frame-making with David Butler, who has been making frames for the Gallery for over 20 years.
1 week, 1 day ago, by Tom Langlands
Our minds were exactly at that line
Over four days last month we created a Sol LeWitt wall drawing at the Gallery, and by ‘we’ I mean 113 members of the public, all following four simple actions stipulated by the artist.
2 weeks, 1 day ago, by Alexandra Gregg
These books from the Gallery Shop will make your eyes spin and your stomach flip-flop, with op art illusions, hidden pictures and digital designs that seem to vibrate off the page or twist your mental map in knots.
3 weeks, 2 days ago, by Holly Bennett
Art gives energy to our dreams
When I was considering what I would say at the launch of the Gallery's new education partnership, I asked my eight-year-old daughter why she liked learning about art. She said: 'Mummy, looking at art gives energy to my dreams'.
4 weeks ago, by Del Kathryn Barton
Art is you
Explaining why art is important can be a slippery task for even the most eloquent speaker. Today, at the Gallery, an inspiring young student captured everyone's attention when she defined what art meant to her.
4 weeks, 1 day ago, by Sheona White
Triangles are your friend
In 2007, the New York painter Rebecca Morris published a memorable manifesto for abstract painters. A spirited and funny call to arms, it included such lines as ‘Whip out the masterpieces’, ‘When in doubt, spray paint it gold’, ‘If you can’t stop, don’t stop’, ‘Don’t shoot blanks’ and ‘Triangles are your friend’.
1 month ago, by Justin Paton
Re-tales from the Gallery Shop
Visitors to the shop already know us as a place to find stunning art books, gorgeous gifts and impeccable directions to the toilets. Now, keeping up with the latest arrivals and developments is just a click away.
1 month ago, by Holly Bennett
‘Are you sure about “eye-popping”?’ The question came up in the office last week, as we finalised the wall texts for a new show of 11 abstract works in the entrance court. Was there, perhaps, a more official-sounding term – something less slangy, more art-historical?
1 month, 1 week ago, by Justin Paton
Scenes from day one of the Nike Savvas installation here in the Gallery's entrance court. Ten thousand strips of colour up, only fifty thousand to go...
1 month, 2 weeks ago, by Justin Paton
Hormones smashed me pretty hard as a teen
I used to sound like a DJ had sampled the shriek of a miner bird and used it to set the tone on a drone techno track. Now they have me making public announcements at the Gallery and voicing an animated video.
1 month, 2 weeks ago, by Phil Aston Williams
This is so contemporary
This week the Gallery launches Kaldor Public Art Project 29 by internationally acclaimed artist Tino Sehgal - a piece that breaks all the rules and triggers anarchic and sometimes joyous encounters between the public and the ‘interpreters’ who bring the work to life.
2 months, 2 weeks ago, by Macushla Robinson
How do you install an immersive installation? Illuminate uses paper, light and sound to explore stories and ideas of home and housing, culture and community
4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Emily McDaniel
Up close and personal with America: painting a nation
We used the Google Art Project site to zoom in on the art of some of America's best-loved artists featured in the exhibition 'America: painting a nation'
5 months, 2 weeks ago, by Alexandra Gregg
Get around the Gallery on a scooter
If you find it hard to get around the Gallery, our latest acquisition might help - electric mobility scooters.
5 months, 3 weeks ago, by Jane Wynter
Colour and music rolled into one
Painted on two piano rolls, this work by Roy de Maistre translates a classical music score into an array of vibrant colour. A recent conservation project has not only stabilised it for display but also revealed much about the artist's materials and techniques.
7 months, 4 weeks ago, by Analiese Treacy
With thanks to the art lovers
Over six decades, the Art Gallery Society of NSW has grown from a small, elite club, renowned for outrageous balls and controversial personalities, into the most active friends’ group in Australia.
8 months, 3 weeks ago, by Craig Brush
Roy de Maistre shapes up
Several Roy de Maistre artworks were in poor shape due to inappropriate storage and remedial treatment before the Gallery acquired them. A recent conservation project has remedied much of the damage, allowing them to be displayed again.
9 months, 3 weeks ago, by Andrea Nottage
The roles of engagement
Speaking about the vulnerability of the performer, artist Christian Thompson observed: ‘Fifty per cent of the audience is already with you; the other 50 per cent you just have to hope will connect in some way.’ So when it comes to performance art, what is the role of the audience?
9 months, 3 weeks ago, by Alexandra Gregg
Performance art of times past
This year's Anne Landa Award exhibition contains a lot of 'live' works and that's got us thinking about performance art at the Art Gallery of NSW in times past.
10 months, 4 weeks ago, by Anneke Jaspers
The cracks of Jealousy
It's one of Tom Roberts' most important studio paintings of the 1880s but it's rarely been seen due to its poor condition. A new conservation project is underway to change that.
11 months, 1 week ago, by Andrea Nottage
Programmed for love
You'd think a universal subject such as love would be a dream theme when it came to planning a series of public programs and events at the Gallery. As it turns out, love ain’t easy.
1 year, 2 months ago, by Alexandra Gregg
Bacon and beer: Australians in London
There once was a time when being an Australian in London meant more than fetching the beers. It meant engaging in a world of ideas.
1 year, 3 months ago, by Andrew Yip
Preserving the posters of Toulouse-Lautrec
Conservators have the ability to reduce the signs of aging - even when an object is over 100 years old.
1 year, 4 months ago, by Analiese Treacy
Tick, tick, tick... Bacon and time
What have snail slime, police mug shots and a 17th-century painting of a cardinal's head got to do with a Bacon triptych?
1 year, 4 months ago, by Josephine Touma