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	Image: Janet Laurence The Memory of Nature 2010 (detail) Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales Contempo Group and the Contemporary Collection Benefactors with the generous assistance of Geoff Ainsworth AM, Peter Braithwaite, Sally Breen, Andrew & Cathy Cameron, Ginny & Leslie Green, Michael Hobbs, Ray Wilson OAM 2012. © Janet Laurence

Collection talks: new acquisitions

Insights from Gallery staff into new works

Image: Janet Laurence The Memory of Nature 2010 (detail) Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales Contempo Group and the Contemporary Collection Benefactors with the generous assistance of Geoff Ainsworth AM, Peter Braithwaite, Sally Breen, Andrew & Cathy Cameron, Ginny & Leslie Green, Michael Hobbs, Ray Wilson OAM 2012. © Janet Laurence

Wednesdays 10 – 24 October 2012, 5.30pm

Free

For locations, see individual dates.

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Information desk

Janet Laurence ‘The memory of nature’ 2010

Andrew Yip and Alexandra Gregg, coordinators of public programs
Janet Laurence’s sculptural installations address the fragility of natural environments and questions of sustainability. Her works emphasise states of transformation as well as cycles of life and death, typically mingling organic matter and scientific instruments with references to museum modes of display.
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Wednesday 10 October 2012 5:30pm – 6pm

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

Richard Serra ‘Plate, pole, prop’ 1969, 1983

Joel Mu, assistant curator, contemporary art
Richard Serra is a New York minimalist who emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s. Typical of that movement he uses industrial materials in simple unmodified modules. Contrary to the commonly held view that minimalism is without emotion or feeling, it is the physical properties of the object that affect the viewer.
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Wednesday 17 October 2012 5:30pm – 6pm

Location: Contemporary galleries

Francesco Xanto Avelli ‘Large Plate: an allegory on the sack of Rome’ 1530

Richard Beresford, senior curator, European art
Xanto was one of the great masters of ‘istoriato’ maiolica. This is the term used to describe pieces decorated with figure scenes which cover virtually the whole surface of the piece.
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Wednesday 24 October 2012 5:30pm – 6pm

Location: 18th c European porcelain