Sunday 18 November 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.
8 Nov 2012 – 6 Jan 2013
In these video works, two staged performances unfold in the spectacular and unforgiving landscapes of clay pans and desert lakes in outback NSW.
They give evidence
until 21 Jul 2013
A reprise of the confronting and moving, larger-than-life sculptures of human suffering by Dadang Christanto.
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.
17 Nov 2012 – 24 Feb 2013
Surveying Bacon’s life and work, this is the first major exhibition in Australia of rare works by this towering figure of 20th-century art.
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.
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.
Gallery opensOpen every day, except Christmas & Good Friday
Times vary. See Opening hours
Printmaking takes on many forms and methods. This one-day class will introduce the novice or the well travelled printmaker to the relatively new process of solar plate printing, a non-toxic process that allows artist with a simple set-up to create elaborate and delicate prints. Each student will need to bring one or two photocopies on transparencies to be used as the main image for the process, as well as a old shirt or apron. All other materials provided.
Duration 6 hours
Course Lecture / symposium
Francis Bacon: disputed master
Craig Judd, independent curator, arts writer and lecturer
This lecture examines the broader contexts of visual culture and art in Great Britain from 1945 to 1960 to reveal how artists exulted in quiet grim stoicism (that most English of characteristics) to create an extraordinary archive of responses to their rapidly changing world. In this terrain Bacon towers above the rest, a disputed problematic master.
Picasso and Bacon
Terence Maloon, former curator of special exhibitions, Art Gallery of NSW
Bacon was crucially influenced by Picasso as a young artist, and this final lecture examines the parallel careers of the two giants of 20th-century art, focusing on their subversive but ultimately redemptive re-interpretation of the great figurative tradition.
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: Basil Deardon 1961
100 mins 35mm B&W Rated R (unclassified)
Starring Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms
In one of the first films to deal directly with homosexuality, Dirk Bogarde plays a married lawyer – one of a large group of closeted London men – who confronts a blackmailer after the suicide of his male lover. An extraordinary performance by Bogarde grounds this intense indictment of early-sixties social intolerance and sexual Puritanism. The film became a cry of protest against British laws forbidding homosexuality. Matinee idol Bogarde risked his film career to play the role.
Sydney author and gay activist Robert French will introduce the 7.15pm screening on Wednesday, 14 November. Considered to be one of Australia’s foremost community historians, French was co-convenor of the NSW Gay Rights Lobby (GRL) 1982–88 and has been secretary of the Pride History Group since 2008. A professional archivist, who worked for the National Archives for over 30 years, he contributed a widely syndicated history column to the community newspaper, Sydney Star Observer in 1992–93, which in edited form, was published as Camping by a Billabong: Gay and Lesbian Stories from Australia’s History.