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
1 week 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.
2 weeks, 3 days 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.
2 weeks, 4 days 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.
3 weeks, 4 days 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 2 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
2 months ago, by Carolyn Murphy
The eyes have it
Dazzled by the shine of Reko Rennie’s high-impact installations? He’s got the perfect shades for that!
2 months, 1 week ago, by Holly Bennett
Chance of afternoon Spowers
On days of unpredicted precipitation the Gallery’s forecourt resembles one of our most beloved artworks, Ethel Spowers’s Wet afternoon.
3 months, 2 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
In space, no one can hear you read
Art theory books blow my mind. They’re like papery pellets of concentrated intelligence. I’ll pick one up, open to any page and try a bit. Next thing I know I’ve swallowed the end of the chapter.
4 months, 1 week ago, by Holly Bennett
They're an inspiration
This year’s Archibald Prize includes portraits of three of the Gallery’s major supporters, who are inspiring in so many ways: Reg Richardson AM, John Schaeffer AO and Penelope Seidler AM.
4 months, 2 weeks ago, by Jane Wynter
Everyone's a critic
For too long, art criticism has been the province of a beret-clad elite. Now everyone can play at that game with the Art Critic range from the Gallery Shop.
4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
The rose and the thistle
It sounds like the name of an English pub, doesn’t it? But I’m talking about the two plants that inspired a fabulous floral display in our exhibition of two 17th-century paintings from the National Portrait Gallery, London.
4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Josephine Touma
Viewing art from the bottom up
One of my favourite parts of going to a gallery is to the side of a canvas or try to peer under a sculpture and figure how the magic was created. The installation by Nike Savvas currently in the Gallery's entrance court is making me and many others marvel.
4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Sophie Harrington
Have I got your attention?
In the highlands of Papua New Guinea, some young men wear wigs decorated with bright bird plumes as part of a traditional bachelor cult. Just like in nature, these fine feathers are used to attract attention.
4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Kerry Head
Is this your first time?
Some people think the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are always full of the same old faces. This year, there's a flock of finalists who have never been selected for the competition before.
5 months ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
Now is the time for nō
For the past few Wednesdays, Gallery staff have picked their favourite artworks in our new Japanese exhibition to share with visitors. Here are their choices.
5 months, 1 week ago, by Ann MacArthur
Winter is marching on us. Arm yourself with knitting needle and crochet hook, sharpen your scissors and stack your yarn balls high.
5 months, 2 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
From first contact to cannibal tours: PNG on film
The people of Papua New Guinea's highlands were unknown to the outside world until 1930, when Australian gold prospectors revealed vast populations living in the mountainous interior. Soon the region became a magnet for anthropologists, missionaries, tribal art enthusiasts... and filmmakers.
6 months, 2 weeks ago, by Robert Herbert
Cracking culture with Contempo
For many, a job may boil down to the rudimentary role of being a means to pay the bills and get you out of the house. Not for me.
6 months, 3 weeks ago, by Amy Prcevich
Hanging a wall of sunset colours
Just when you thought the Gallery couldn't possibly have any more colour on display, a vivid contemporary work created by a group of highlands artists from Papua New Guinea has just been installed.
6 months, 3 weeks ago, by Natalie Wilson
A winner by design
I always thought it was pretty special and now it’s got a certificate to prove it. Our children’s book 'My Australian art' has won a national museum design award.
6 months, 3 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett