From inside the asylum
A phantasmagorical image now in the Gallery's collection was made by the artist Charles Altamont Doyle – father of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – during his confinement in the lunatic asylum known as Sunnyside.
6 days, 19 hours ago, by Peter Raissis
Vale Robert Herbert
On 28 June 2017 the Gallery’s longstanding and much-loved curator of film, Robert Herbert, passed away. In this post, we reflect on the huge contribution his film program made to the Gallery and the arts generally in Sydney.
1 week, 6 days ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd
Webber work reveals its secrets
For many years, we've been unable to exhibit the Gallery's only painting by an artist of Captain James Cook's last voyage to the Pacific due to the poor condition of both the painting and the frame. A recent conservation project has not only returned the work to display, but also revealed some secrets.
2 weeks, 3 days ago, by Paula Dredge
Filmmakers have never ceased to draw on stories from the Victorian era. The Gallery's 'Straight-laced and scandalous' film series showcases feature films that explore the rituals and political consciousness of the late 19th century.
1 month ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd
What's going on?
You may have noticed scaffolding being erected out the front of the Gallery as two familiar figures on horseback get some much-needed conservation treatment.
2 months ago, by Carolyn Murphy
Mother and son
With Mothers Day approaching, it's a perfect time to look at one of the most fascinating aspects of Andy Warhol’s pre-pop career - the role played by his mum.
2 months, 1 week ago, by Nicholas Chambers
Not only for fairies: Andy Warhol's books
The young Andy Warhol made books for pleasure as well as self-promotion, helping him make his name as one of the most talented illustrators of his day.
3 months ago, by Jackie Dunn
Operation Art in its 19th year at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Gallery is celebrating its 19th year of hosting Operation Art, an annual exhibition of children’s art from schools throughout NSW.
3 months ago, by Anastasia Churchill
Ben Quilty etching to say thanks
Artist Ben Quilty has created a poignant etching, which the Gallery's Foundation has published as a limited-edition print and presented to long-term supporters as a gesture of thanks.
3 months, 1 week ago, by Anne Ryan
Digital natives in a post-analog world
Next year, the last group of students born before the year 2000 will leave high school. Realising this, it comes as little surprise that many current students have no lived experience of making images using film cameras. Much less do they know what it’s like in a darkroom. So how do you teach students the history and theory of the photographic medium?
3 months, 3 weeks ago, by Miranda Samuels
Who's that artist in the window?
Before pop, Andy Warhol created window displays for some of New York’s leading stores. He wasn't alone. As he once recalled, ‘Everybody… was doing window decoration.’
4 months ago, by Jackie Dunn
Vale Sydney Ball
Sydney Ball – Australian painter, draughtsman, sculptor and printmaker - has died at the age of 83.
4 months, 2 weeks ago, by Anne Ryan
Meet the admen
In the 1950s, before pop art and celebrity, Andy Warhol was an adman, working as a commercial illustrator in New York’s advertising industry.
4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
Asian new waves
Having embraced cinema with enthusiasm, Iran, China and Taiwan have produced some of the most vital film industries in the world. The Gallery's latest film series registers the climate of 25 years of filmmaking in those countries.
5 months, 2 weeks ago, by Robert Herbert
When you come to see 'Nude: art from the Tate collection', you’ll encounter some works in the show that aren’t, in fact, from the Tate.
5 months, 3 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
It’s one hell of a story
It may be one of the world’s greatest representations of erotic love but Auguste Rodin’s ‘The kiss’ began life in hell.
6 months ago, by Jackie Dunn
Vale James Fairfax
A great Australian philanthropist, James Fairfax transformed the Art Gallery of NSW collection through his generosity and commitment.
6 months ago, by Jane Wynter
If you leave me, can I come too?
There are a couple of couples in 'Nude: art from the Tate collection' that are startlingly alone, speaking to us about their prior relationship with another who has gone.
6 months, 2 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
Just the two of us
The lovers Paola and Francesca, stars of the Auguste Rodin’s 'The kiss', may be the celebrity couple in 'Nude: art from the Tate collection', but there are a number of other couples in the exhibition – both fictional and real – I’d like to introduce you to.
7 months ago, by Jackie Dunn
Dr Ever-Hard’s dirty little book
As a state gallery, it can be difficult to negotiate the shifting boundaries between what is considered challenging, provocative, offensive and obscene. The general public often has different ideas about these things to those working in the arts.
7 months ago, by Steven Miller
A recipe for art
I think there’s a special level of hell reserved for colleagues who send around gorgeous photos of home-cooked food at half past ten on a Monday morning. It’s probably got lovely ambience, really good table service and smells amazing.
7 months, 2 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
The journey of 'The kiss' part 2
Rejected, neglected, forced to live with horses and covered by a tarpaulin, 'The kiss' was slow in taking its rightful place as a modernist masterpiece.
7 months, 4 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
The journey of 'The kiss'
When we think about the world’s greatest sculptures, Auguste Rodin’s glorious 'The kiss' is right up there: in fact, it often tops the pops of favourite sculptures internationally. The trouble is, we have to travel halfway round the globe to see it. But not this summer...
8 months, 2 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
Restoring a Ramsay
A recent conservation project has brought an important Australian painting - Hugh Ramsay’s 'The foil' 1901 - back to life.
9 months, 2 weeks ago, by Céline de Courlon
When I was a kid I was notorious for disappearing for hours to read. I am grateful for those adults that indulged my anti-social tendencies as a child, leaving me be to inhabit the world of literature and learn my first lessons in drawing stories.
11 months, 3 weeks ago, by Anne Ryan