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.
Tue–Sat only 1 Nov – 30 Nov 2012Research library and archive
This exhibition of the Australian Bookbinders focuses on contemporary practice in the art form known as design binding. On display are 32 books with unique bindings created by 20 artists.
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.
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.
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.
4 Oct – 21 Oct 2012
An annual exhibition of children’s art from schools throughout NSW created for the Children’s Hospital, Westmead.
18th Biennale of Sydney
all our relations
27 Jun – 16 Sep 2012
International artists come together to collaborate and create works that relate as if evolving from each other.
the logic of vision
2 Jun – 9 Sep 2012
This exhibition of works by Jacky Redgate from the Gallery’s collection surveys the artist’s creative trajectory from the 1980s until now.
dawn of modern Japanese design
22 Jun – 26 Aug 2012
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Explores the work of one of Japan’s leading artists and designers of the first half of the 20th century, his influences and his legacy, through paintings, lacquerware, ceramics and textiles.
DAMAGED – thalidomide victims in medical documents
2 Jun – 5 Aug 2012
Focuses on the representation and perception of deformity in our society, with specific reference to the tragedy surrounding the pharmaceutical drug thalidomide.
the art of dreams
12 May – 29 Jul 2012
The first major exhibition to explore the influence of the Symbolist movement on Australian art at the turn of the 19th century.
Brett Whiteley not only embraced traditional modes of beauty but also notoriously challenged them. Blue explores Whiteley’s fascination with nature in its extreme contradictions of light and dark, calm and disruption.
31 Mar – 3 Jun 2012
Australia’s most extraordinary art event, the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.
video plays by Nalini Malani
11 Feb – 20 May 2012
The focus of this display is a 15-metre long video projection, featuring an emotive and politically charged sequence of images addressing gender violence in India.
23 Feb – 13 May 2012
In this video installation, Raskopoulos performs a series of actions that accumulate letters into words, in English and Greek, using her own limbs as the writing instrument or surface.
contemporary LA photo artists
11 Feb – 13 May 2012
Photographs by artists based in Southern California, whose work deals with relations between landscape and architecture, high and low culture, representations of the body, politics and irony, word and image.
18 Jan – 6 May 2012
Celebrating 2012 as the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, this exhibition showcases artworks that carry the dragon motif.
New contemporary galleries
featuring the John Kaldor Family Collection
21 May 2011 – 2 May 2012
The Art Gallery of NSW now holds Australia’s most comprehensive representation of contemporary art. This is the first display in our new contemporary galleries, featuring the John Kaldor Family Gallery.
22 Feb – 22 Apr 2012
A dynamic and popular exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts, 2011.
masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris
12 Nov 2011 – 25 Mar 2012
This exhibition is the most significant Picasso exhibition to come to Australia. Part of a world tour, the Art Gallery of NSW is the only Australian venue.
17 Sep 2011 – 12 Feb 2012
Key themes and artists in Australian art from the early 20th century through to the 1970s, including Grace Cossington Smith, Margaret Preston, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale and Arthur Boyd.
2 Dec 2011 – 5 Feb 2012
The most respected award for drawing in Australia, the annual Dobell Prize has always been the subject of discussion and debate about the nature of drawing.
XEROX MISSIVE 1977/2011
8 Dec 2011 – 5 Feb 2012
Blending fact and fiction, this mesmerising video installation uses appropriated sound and footage to fabricate an impossible exchange between the late sci-fi author Philip K Dick and his one-time muse and wife Tessa.
What's in a face?
aspects of portrait photography
24 Sep 2011 – 5 Feb 2012
An exhibition of more than 45 photographs from the collection, which focuses on some of the crucial points in the history of photographic depictions of the human face.
1 Sep 2011 – 15 Jan 2012
Showcases some of the artworks that have been added to the Gallery’s world-class Asian collection in the last five years.