AGNSW collection Francis Alÿs Railings 2004
AGNSW collection Barbara Morgan Children dancing by the lake 1940
AGNSW collection Angelica Mesiti Rapture (silent anthem) 2009
The joy of the shared moment. Angelica Mesiti won the Blake Prize for Religious Art with this spellbinding video in 2009. Capturing the faces of a crowd in the rapturous grip of an unseen performance, she invites us too to become part of the collectively shared intense emotion. We're all in this together, remember?
AGNSW collection Nigel Milsom Judo house part 6 (the white bird) 2014-2015
The joy of ecstasy. We may not have the 17th-century original in the Gallery’s collection, but we do have Nigel Milsom's crazy take on Bernini's Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. His reminds us of the acute contrasts revealed in such moments of bliss: pleasure abiding with pain; the shadow and the light, the body and the spirit as one.
AGNSW collection Cherine Fahd The chosen, Africa 2003-2004
The joy of sensation: Cherine Fahd caught her subjects in The chosen series secretly, as they cooled off in a moment of pure pleasure. Without knowing the context of the ‘Paris-Plages’ – the artificial yet very welcome beaches held each year (well, maybe not 2020) along the banks of the Seine – we are left to simply read the delight of sensation on skin.
AGNSW collection Bill Viola Six heads 2000
The joy of being human. In his series The passions, Bill Viola allows deceptively simple techniques, like the close up and slo-mo, to reveal a sequence of emotions in the face of his subject. We might well identify with them right now, including as they do anger, fear and sorrow, but also, of course, joy.
AGNSW collection Sir Richard Long A moved line in Japan 1983
AGNSW collection Leonie Reisberg Untitled 1979