Tue–Sat only 7 Nov – 14 Dec 2013Research library and archive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
erotic, sensual and sacred
Fri–Sun only 12 Apr – 1 Sep 2013Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
A diverse range of Whiteley works, including rarely exhibited studies, tender paintings, tactile sculptures and frank expressions of the most intimate moments between lovers.
Fri–Sun only 19 Jul – 1 Sep 2013Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
A small section of works from this year’s scholarship winner and finalists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
23 Mar – 2 Jun 2013
Australia’s most extraordinary art event, the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.
9 Feb – 19 May 2013
Over 50 works by two iconic fashion photographers, from the Gallery’s photography collection.
Tue–Sat only 5 Feb – 4 May 2013Research library and archive
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.
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.
Fri–Sun only 13 Jul 2012 – 7 Apr 2013
(See exhibition page for exact dates)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.