Art Stuff: our blog
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20 hours, 7 minutes 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.
1 day, 19 hours 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.
5 days, 19 hours 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.
1 week, 1 day 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.
1 week, 5 days 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.
1 week, 6 days 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 weeks, 6 days 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?
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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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'.
1 month, 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 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.
3 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.
4 months, 1 week ago, by Josephine Touma
I'm not good at art but...
It’s still surprising how many conversations I have with ARTEXPRESS students that begin with them saying, ‘I’m not good at painting or drawing so I don’t think I’m good at art but…’
4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Leeanne Carr
Stray inside the lines
So apparently colouring books for adults are now totally a thing. I’ll admit their popularity has caught me off-guard. But then, my relationship with colouring books has always been a bit unbalanced.
4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
Vale Colin Lanceley
One of Australia's most prominent senior artists, Colin Lanceley, has died.
5 months, 1 week ago, by Wayne Tunnicliffe
Stories from the 60s
If you can remember the 60s, you weren’t there... or so the saying goes. Turns out many of the Australian artists in 'Pop to popism' remember the age of pop surprisingly well.
5 months, 2 weeks ago, by Alexandra Gregg
At any given time in the pop shop, you’ll usually find two clusters of people exclaiming with joy. One cluster is made up of kids around the toy section. The other is adults discovering the vinyl records for sale.
5 months, 2 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
A place for snackers, searchers and miners
In light of the Gallery's Sydney Modern project, we've been doing a lot of thinking about cultural institutions in the 21st century. On a recent study trip overseas, the focus was on libraries and archives.
5 months, 3 weeks ago, by Steven Miller
Significant others: women in pop art
Women artists in the pop art movement have often been overlooked, but the Gallery's 'Pop to popism' exhibition is championing their contribution.
6 months, 3 weeks ago, by Anneke Jaspers
Young Members: born with a bang!
Last Saturday night, the Gallery’s Young Members group held our end-of-year pop art party – a flurry of colour, creative dressing and wigs a-plenty, and the first event under our new moniker.
7 months, 1 week ago, by Sophie Harrington