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	Image: Grace Cossington Smith The curve of the bridge 1928–29 Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales and James Fairfax AO 1991 © Estate of Grace Cossington Smith; James Angus Bugatti Type 35 2006 Purchased with funds provided by Andrew Cameron, the Contemporary Collection Benefactors’ and the Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 2006 © James Angus, Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Australian art Open Weekend talks

Expert insights into the collection

Part of Open Weekend 2012

Image: Grace Cossington Smith The curve of the bridge 1928–29 Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales and James Fairfax AO 1991 © Estate of Grace Cossington Smith; James Angus Bugatti Type 35 2006 Purchased with funds provided by Andrew Cameron, the Contemporary Collection Benefactors’ and the Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 2006 © James Angus, Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May 2012, various times

Free

Duration 25 minutes

Introduction to the Australian collection

Wayne Tunnicliffe, head of Australian art, and Deborah Edwards, senior curator of Australian art, introduce the Australian collection.
Sunday talk interpreted into Auslan.

Charles Meere Australian beach pattern 1940 © Charles Meere Estate

 

Saturday 12 May 2012 10:30am – 10:55am

Sunday 13 May 2012 10:30am – 10:55am

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

Australian impressionism: Heidelberg and beyond

Jane Clark, senior research curator, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, examines the continuing significance Australian impressionist art.

Jane Clark

 

Saturday 12 May 2012 12pm – 12:25pm

Location: 19th c Australian art

Paradise of waters: the art of Sydney harbour

Grace Karskens, associate professor of History at the University of NSW, explores iconic images of Sydney harbour as painted by some of Australia’s most important artists.

Grace Karskens

 

Saturday 12 May 2012 12:30pm – 12:55pm

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

Albert Namatjira and the Hermannsburg School

Curator Alison French explores the art of Albert Namatjira and the enduring significance of the Hermannsburg School.

Otto Pareroultja The hills behind Hermannsburg c1954 © Otto Pareroultja. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency, Australia

 

Saturday 12 May 2012 1:30pm – 1:55pm

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

The art of John Olsen

Deborah Hart, senior curator of Australian painting and sculpture post-1920, National Gallery of Australia, explores the art of one of Australia’s most important artists, John Olsen, including his masterpiece Five bells.

John Olsen Five bells 1963 Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1999 © John Olsen

 

Saturday 12 May 2012 2:30pm – 2:55pm

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

Ian Burn and Australian conceptual art

Dr Ann Stephen, art historian and senior curator at the University of Sydney Art Gallery, collaborated with conceptual artist Ian Burn on various projects, from the Artworkers Union to The necessity of Australian art (1988). In 1996 Stephen curated the exhibition Artists think: the late works of Ian Burn and in 2006 published On Looking at Looking: The Art and Politics of Ian Burn.

 

Saturday 12 May 2012 3:30pm – 3:55pm

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

Violence and sunlight: the art of Sidney Nolan

Andrew Sayers, director, National Museum of Australia

 

Saturday 12 May 2012 4:30pm – 4:55pm

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

Lloyd Rees and the South Coast of NSW

Hendrik Kolenberg, senior curator of Australian prints and drawings, discusses the landscape paintings of Lloyd Rees, one of Australia’s most significant 20th century artists.

Lloyd Rees The road to Berry 1947 © AGNSW

 

Saturday 12 May 2012 5pm – 5:25pm

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

Enola Gay and the influence of war on Australian art and society

Professor Ian Howard, dean, College of Fine Arts, Sydney. In the politically-charged environment of the Vietnam War era, Ian Howard began to make art about the ever-increasing militarisation of our global society. In 1975, using a technique similar to brass-rubbing, he made a life-sized impression of the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

 

Saturday 12 May 2012 5:30pm – 5:55pm

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

Australian sculpture

Deborah Edwards, senior curator of Australian art, discusses the significant developments in 20th century Australian sculpture produced by artists such as Robert Klippel and Margel Hinder.

Robert Klippel No. 329 1977 D G Wilson Bequest Fund 1998 © Robert Klippel Estate

 

Saturday 12 May 2012 6:30pm – 6:55pm

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

Conserving the Australian collection

Simon Ives, paintings conservator, discusses the challenges of conserving iconic paintings in the Gallery’s collection, from 19th century oil paintings to contemporary mixed-media works.

The Gallery’s conservation studio

 

Saturday 12 May 2012 7:30pm – 7:55pm

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

John Glover and the colonial landscape

David Hansen, senior researcher, Sotheby’s Australia, discusses the work of John Glover, one of the finest painters of colonial Australia.

John Glover Natives on the Ouse River, Van Diemen’s Land 1838 Purchased with assistance from Mr and Mrs J K Bain 1985

 

Sunday 13 May 2012 11am – 11:25am

Location: 19th c Australian art

Grace Cossington Smith, Margaret Preston and the Sydney Moderns

Deborah Edwards, senior curator of Australian art, discusses the significant contribution to Australian art made by the artists of the Sydney Moderns group.
sign language Interpreted into Auslan

Grace Cossington Smith The curve of the bridge 1928–29 Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales and James Fairfax AO 1991 © Estate of Grace Cossington Smith

 

Sunday 13 May 2012 12pm – 12:25pm

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

The significance of Tiwi art

Artist Pedro Wonaemirri and Jonathan Jones, curator of Aboriginal art, discuss the importance of Tiwi art and the significance of the Gallery’s commission, in 1958, of Pukamani poles by Tiwi artists, the first major commission of Aboriginal art by an Australian gallery.

Laurie Nelson Mungatopi, Bob One Apuatimi, Jack Yarunga, Don Burakmadjua, Charlie Quiet Kwangdini & Unknown (Tiwi, North region) Tutini (Pukumani grave posts) Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1959

 

Sunday 13 May 2012 1:30pm – 1:55pm

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

Australian artists in the Pacific

Natalie Wilson, assistant curator of Australian art, discusses Australian artists’ journeys in the Pacific and the influence of their travels on 20th century Australian art.

Nicholas Chevalier Race to the market, Tahiti 1880 (detail)

 

Sunday 13 May 2012 2:30pm – 2:55pm

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

Australian art from modern to contemporary

Wayne Tunnicliffe, head of Australian art, discusses the movements that link 20th century Australian art with contemporary art of the 21st century in the Gallery’s collection.

James Angus Bugatti Type 35 2006 Purchased with funds provided by Andrew Cameron, the Contemporary Collection Benefactors’ and the Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 2006 © James Angus, Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

 

Sunday 13 May 2012 3pm – 3:25pm

Location: Entrance court