Sunday 14 October 2012
Fri–Sun only 14 Sep – 25 Nov 2012
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A small section of works from this year’s scholarship winner Mitch Cairns and highly commended finalist Tom Polo.
They give evidence
until 21 Jul 2013
A reprise of the confronting and moving, larger-than-life sculptures of human suffering by Dadang Christanto.
24 Aug – 4 Nov 2012
Lose yourself in the beauty of Old Paris with over 200 rare and original prints from the founder of documentary photography.
photography and everyday space
13 Sep 2012 – 3 Feb 2013
Examines photography’s role in transforming the way we perceive, organise and imagine the everyday world, by looking at the changing ways artists have depicted public and private environments.
27 Jun – 2 Dec 2012
Explores the idea of home through the works of Aboriginal artists who belong to nations and language groups that today fall within the area defined as New South Wales.
4 Oct – 21 Oct 2012
An annual exhibition of children’s art from schools throughout NSW created for the Children’s Hospital, Westmead.
Broken Dance (Beatboxed)
23 Aug – 21 Oct 2012
This mesmerising new work includes one video showing dancers performing a mixture of urban styles, while another features the vocal percussions of a beatboxer.
Fri–Sun only 13 Jul 2012 – 7 Apr 2013
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Explores Brett Whiteley’s art and life from 1960 to 1967. Includes works from his Bathroom, Christie and London Zoo series, and monoprints of conversations with Francis Bacon.
In this workshop you will ‘take a line for a walk’ and enter the world of abstraction. Use a variety of different approaches from splashes, dripping, scraping and collaging, to create a truly imaginative abstract work.
Duration 2 days
Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Gallery opensOpen every day, except Christmas & Good Friday
Times vary. See Opening hours
Course Lecture / symposium
London after the rain: Francis Bacon
Tom Wright, associate director, Sydney Theatre Company
London in Bacon’s time was a city of destruction; swathes of what was once civilisation lay in rubble and were gradually cleared, leaving vast scars. And around those scars was a society trying to re-imagine itself. New theatre emerged, a drama of kitchen sink realism and a generation of the Angry and the Young. But there was also a theatre of the city, a city producing gangsters, depraved killers, the perambulations of Orwell and the strange circus of 'Swinging London’.
A world in transition: Francis Bacon and the modern world
Meredith Burgmann, councillor, City of Sydney Council and consultant to the United Nations development program
Francis Bacon created bleak and bad-news art in a time of social and political transition. From the Britain of Churchill, Macmillan and Profumo to Tariq Ali, Robin Blackburn and the LSE riots, politics was changing.
Aboriginal art guided tourA guided introduction to the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander collection
Collection highlights tourAn introduction to selected highlights from the Gallery's collection
Asian art guided tourA guided introduction to art from China, Korea, Japan, the Himalayas, India and Southeast Asia
Australian collection guided tourAn introduction to selected highlights from the Australian collection
Dir: Agnès Varda 1962
90 mins 35mm B&W Rated M
French with English subtitles
Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller
Agnès Varda’s masterpiece follows two hours in the life of Cleo, a successful pop singer, as she awaits the outcome of a critical medical test for cancer. Anxiously wandering the streets of Paris – its cafes, crowds, cinemas, street theatres – she gains a new sense of perspective on her sheltered, artificial life and gradually ceases playing the role her admirers expect of her. Varda once described her film as 'the portrait of a woman painted onto a documentary about Paris’. Fusing the immediacy of the cinema verité documentary – which was emerging at this time – with fictional drama, the director follows Cleo’s every step and accounts for every moment. With the retirement of some of the most prolific commercial directors of the first post-war decade, the late 1950s was a period of intense activity and renewal for French cinema. Considered the 'grandmother’ of the French New Wave movement, Varda anticipated this breakthrough with her early films and completed her second feature in 1962. Print courtesy Institut Français and French Embassy.