Written with the body
No practice. No rubbing out. And don’t spill anything. These were some of the challenges artist Liang Xiao Ping faced recently when writing calligraphy in acrylic and Chinese ink across an 11-metre length of stretched canvas in the Art Gallery of NSW.
1 week, 1 day ago, by John Saxby
They come alive at night
The Gallery has recently acquired a series of photographs by Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura which fulfils the fantastical notion that objects in a museum come alive at night.
2 weeks, 5 days ago, by Isobel Parker Philip
Radically optimistic art
Mexican artist Pedro Reyes has turned illegal firearms into musical instruments, designed to be played. Revolvers, shotguns and machineguns have been recomposed as a guitar, xylophone, psaltery, pan pipes and rain stick.
1 month ago, by Nicholas Chambers
An interview with Julian Rosefeldt
We spoke with artist Julian Rosefeldt to find out more about the process of creating ‘Manifesto’, his new video installation featuring Cate Blanchett, and about the rich history of manifestos.
1 month ago, by Justin Paton
A studio in Paris
Imagine waking up in your studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts to the chimes of bells from the Notre Dame Cathedral. If you’re an artist, arts professional, scholar or post-graduate student, this could be you in 2017!
2 months, 1 week ago, by Yuki Kawakami
Have you been caught up in a New-Year’s-resolution whirl of renovations and aspirational lifestyle improvements? Let me fix that for you.
2 months, 2 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
Judy Cassab remembered
Artist Judy Cassab AO CBE (1920-2015) left an indelible mark on the story of Australian art, which was remembered at a memorial event held on 11 February at the Gallery. Among the speakers were The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, former Justice of the High Court, whose speech we've reproduced.
3 months ago, by Anne Ryan
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.
3 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months, 3 weeks 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.
5 months 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.
5 months, 1 week 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.
6 months 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.
6 months, 1 week 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.
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months, 3 weeks 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.
7 months 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.
7 months 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?
7 months, 2 weeks 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.
7 months, 3 weeks 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.
7 months, 4 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.
8 months 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.
8 months, 1 week 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.
8 months, 2 weeks 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.
8 months, 2 weeks 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.
8 months, 3 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn