When I was a kid I was notorious for disappearing for hours to read. I am grateful for those adults that indulged my anti-social tendencies as a child, leaving me be to inhabit the world of literature and learn my first lessons in drawing stories.
4 weeks, 1 day ago, by Anne Ryan
Who's who at this year's Archie
From the first timers to those you'll encounter more than once in the exhibition, here's an introduction to some of the artists in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2016 and their choice of sitters.
1 month ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
Sisters are doing it for themselves
Women artists have scooped the pool in this year's competition, taking out the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes as well as the Trustees Watercolour Prize and the Packing Room Prize - and all are first-time finalists.
1 month, 1 week ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith
For the first time, a major body of work by Georgia O’Keeffe is coming to Australia. A ground-breaking exhibition will showcase the iconic art of one of the most significant American painters of the 20th century, alongside masterpieces by celebrated and pioneering Australian artists Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith.
2 months, 1 week ago, by Denise Mimmocchi
So bright, so beautiful...Ah, Precious
I’m a big fan of shiny things. Nothing brings me joy like sparkly stuff, and I love to wear a fair amount of bling. That is why I was hovering like Gollum over a display case in the Gallery Shop.
2 months, 3 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
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.
3 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months, 3 weeks 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.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 1 week 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!
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 3 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.
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months, 3 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.
7 months 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.
8 months, 1 week 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.
8 months, 2 weeks 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.
9 months, 1 week 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.
9 months, 2 weeks 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.
9 months, 3 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.
10 months 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.
10 months, 1 week 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.
10 months, 1 week 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?
10 months, 3 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.
10 months, 4 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.
11 months, 1 week ago, by Jackie Dunn