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.
2 days, 2 hours 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 week, 1 day 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.
2 weeks, 2 days 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'.
2 weeks, 2 days 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.
3 weeks, 3 days 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.
1 month 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.
1 month, 2 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.
2 months, 1 week 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.
3 months 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…’
3 months, 1 week 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.
3 months, 2 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
Vale Colin Lanceley
One of Australia's most prominent senior artists, Colin Lanceley, has died.
3 months, 3 weeks 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.
4 months 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.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 2 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.
5 months, 2 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.
5 months, 3 weeks ago, by Sophie Harrington
Stop and take a closer look
Helping with preparations for a new exhibition, I'd built up an idea of how I felt about the works based on what I'd read, what I'd heard and what I'd seen in reproductions, but it didn't prepare me for my first physical encounter with the art.
5 months, 4 weeks ago, by Katie Furlonger
Art on the farm
Witnessing the landscape around Walcha with local artist Ross Laurie proved a revelation in many unexpected ways.
6 months ago, by Anne Ryan
Take a Captain Cook at this
The Gallery has just one painting from Captain James Cook's voyages in our collection but its poor condition has meant that for some years we haven't been able to exhibit it.
6 months, 1 week ago, by Carolyn Murphy
Drawing in the Dandenongs
A visit to the artist's farm and studio brings an even greater respect for the ambition and persistence needed by Mary Tonkin to make her extraordinary 14-metre-long charcoal drawing.
6 months, 1 week ago, by Anne Ryan
Conserving Clement's Flippant Flurry
As works of art, Clement Meadmore's massive outdoor sculptures appear to effortlessly defy both gravity and the weight of their steel forms. As a practical challenge, getting one of the roof is far from effortless.
6 months, 2 weeks ago, by Carolyn Murphy
A Pearce of his art
Some years ago, we in the Gallery Shop suffered through what I think of as The Great Australian Out-Of-Printing of 2007. Virtually every book on general Australian art history disappeared from the shelves. But fresh titles on Australian art have given us cause for celebration.
6 months, 4 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
A painting of a painter painting a painting
Yesterday we celebrated a most unusual addition to the Art Gallery of NSW collection. Now you can see a great painting next to a painting of the painter painting it.
7 months ago, by Anne Gerard-Austin
Piguenit shines once more
WC Piguenit's 'The upper Nepean' is back on display following conservation treatment that has returned its gorgeous golden frame to its former glory.
7 months, 2 weeks ago, by Carolyn Murphy