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Tom Nicholson
Cartoons for Joseph Selleny

22 May – 10 Aug 2014

Recalls the remarkable stay of the Austrian imperial frigate Novara that sailed to Sydney in late 1858, in a series of large-scale drawings alongside texts, letters and an artist book.

Brett Whiteley

Fri–Sun only 23 May – 28 Sep 2014

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Special hours

Portraiture for Whiteley was an insight into the psychology of the human condition. This exhibition includes some of his acclaimed self-portraits as well as his most ambitious portrait project.

Max Dupain
the Paris 'private' series and other pictures

24 May – 14 Sep 2014

Includes transcendent photographs of 18th- to 19th-century Parisian landmarks taken by Max Dupain when he travelled to Paris in 1978 with architect Harry Seidler, alongside his botanical and other architectural photographs.

Plumes and pearlshells
art of the New Guinea highlands

30 May – 10 Aug 2014

Highlights from the Gallery’s collection of exquisitely constructed headdresses, arm- and leg-bands, ear- and nose-rings and necklaces as well as other superb pieces used in rituals, for war and in everyday life.

Tony Garifalakis
Shock and awe

12 Jun – 21 Aug 2014

Tony Garifalakis is an artist whose work investigates political, social and religious systems of belief while questioning mechanisms of surveillance, compliance and control.

Theatre of dreams, theatre of play
nō and kyōgen in Japan

14 Jun – 14 Sep 2014
(See exhibition page for exact dates)

Featuring 170 works – including masks, costumes, paintings, musical instruments and books – from the collection of the National Noh Theatre, Tokyo and the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Japan.

The lost prince and the winter queen
royal portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, London

3 Jul – 28 Sep 2014

Two exceptional 17th-century portraits of royals Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales and Elizabeth of Bohemia, children of James I, by the remarkable Jacobean portrait painter Robert Peake the Elder.

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.

The story of the graphic arts in Europe over centuries is revealed through outstanding works by leading masters such as Mantegna, Dürer, Rembrandt, Watteau, Blake, Manet and Whistler.

A small section of works from this year’s scholarship winner and finalists.

3 Live Video Essays

15 Nov – 29 Nov 2014
(See exhibition page for exact dates)

A series of video performance-lectures that explores how cultural objects (including artworks) shape our experience of time.

Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial

21 Nov 2014 – 26 Jan 2015

This first in a series of curated exhibitions on Australian drawing features Australian artists for whom drawing is central to their practice and who work in and from the landscape.