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This exhibition of the Australian Bookbinders focuses on contemporary practice in the art form known as design binding. On display are over 40 books with unique bindings created by 33 artists.

Renaissance to Goya
prints and drawings from Spain

31 Aug – 24 Nov 2013

Over 130 exceptional prints and drawings from the British Museum, which holds one of the finest collections of Spanish drawings in the world.

A Silk Road saga
the sarcophagus of Yu Hong

22 Aug – 10 Nov 2013

This magnificent 6th-century marble sarcophagus, from the tomb of Yu Hong and his wife in China’s Shanxi province, in many ways exemplifies life along the famous Silk Roads.

Alex Kershaw
Fantasticology Tokyo: faults, flesh and flowers

12 Sep – 10 Nov 2013

In a multi-screen video installation, presented alongside raw and woodfired ceramics, Kershaw considers the practice of Japanese flower arrangement, known as ikebana, and its relationship to the human body.

Brenda L Croft

6 Apr – 15 Oct 2013

Brenda L Croft’s works present a realistic portrayal of contemporary Aboriginal life – a positive image from an insider’s viewpoint.

Sydney moderns
art for a new world

6 Jul – 7 Oct 2013

Over 180 works by Australia’s most iconic artists, exploring the making of a modern city.

Bill Henson
cloud landscapes

25 May – 22 Sep 2013

Brings together a selection of photographs from the Gallery’s collection by this renowned Australian photographer to give insight into the shifts and continuities in his expansive career.

The nude
erotic, sensual and sacred

Fri–Sun only 12 Apr – 1 Sep 2013

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Special hours

A diverse range of Whiteley works, including rarely exhibited studies, tender paintings, tactile sculptures and frank expressions of the most intimate moments between lovers.

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

Taking form
Agatha Gothe-Snape, Sriwhana Spong

18 Jul – 1 Sep 2013

New works by Melbourne-based artist Agatha Gothe-Snape and Auckland-based artist Sriwhana Spong, incorporating installation, sculptural objects, video and live performance.

The space between us
Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts 2013

16 May – 28 Jul 2013

Features seven emerging artists connected by their interest in the artist as performer and or as creator/director of performances, and the viewer’s role as an active participant.

Lloyd Rees
paintings, drawings and prints

5 Apr – 21 Jul 2013

Works from the Gallery’s collection by one of Australia’s most admired artists and one of the pre-eminent landscape artists of his age.

Dadang Christanto
They give evidence

15 Sep 2012 – 7 Jul 2013

A reprise of the confronting and moving, larger-than-life sculptures of human suffering by Dadang Christanto.

Tony Albert
Projecting our future

18 May – 7 Jul 2013

Tony Albert reworks kitsch objects that naively depict Australian Aboriginal people with new painted and graphic elements to create complex installations.

Australia’s most extraordinary art event, the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.

Over 50 works by two iconic fashion photographers, from the Gallery’s photography collection.

A collection of images on paper related to India, including prints, lithographs and chromolithographs, photographs, posters, paintings and drawings.

We used to talk about love
Balnaves contemporary: photomedia

31 Jan – 21 Apr 2013

This exhibition of photomedia, video, collage, sculpture and installation considers the variegated terrain of love’s language – joy, elation, desire, eroticism, longing, loss, melancholia and memory.

ARTEXPRESS 2013

20 Feb – 14 Apr 2013

A dynamic and popular exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts, 2012.

The London years 1960–67

Fri–Sun only 13 Jul 2012 – 7 Apr 2013
(See exhibition page for exact dates)

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Special hours

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.

Papunya Tula
works on paper

13 Dec 2012 – 24 Mar 2013

Works from the early 1970s to a landmark 2009 print portfolio, including leading artists such as Timmy Payungka Tjapangati, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Doreen Reid Nakamarra and Naata Nungurrayi.

Francis Bacon
five decades

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.

Dobell Prize for Drawing 2012

30 Nov 2012 – 10 Feb 2013

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.

Flatlands
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.

Cate Consandine
Cut Colony

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.