When Jeffrey Smart painted Clive James
‘It started with me painting my friend Clive’s portrait and discovering he has a terribly strange face,’ explained Jeffrey Smart about the development of his portrait of expatriate Australian author and journalist Clive James, now in the Art Gallery of NSW collection.
1 day, 12 hours ago, by Hannah Hutchison
Marcel Duchamp: from A to Z
A beginner’s guide to Marcel Duchamp, one of the 20th century’s most original artistic figures and subject of 'The essential Duchamp' exhibition.
2 weeks, 6 days ago, by John Saxby
Changing face of the Archibald
It used to be that the Archibald Prize seemed to be predominantly a picture gallery of white men in suits, and sometimes their wives and daughters, but the prize - like the country it reflects - has been slowly changing.
1 month ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
A year for the record books
This year the number of Archibald entries hit an all-time high. We introduce you to some of the artists who were selected as finalists for the 2019 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition.
1 month, 1 week ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
Travels with my art
Back in 1959 a young unknown artist won a scholarship that led to a life of creativity and adventure. For the past 20 years, the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship has offered other young painters a similar opportunity.
2 months ago, by Alacoque Dash
A most delectable treasure
Taipei's most delectable treasure is a small piece of rock transformed into a mouth-watering slice of Dongpo pork.
2 months, 2 weeks ago, by Yin Cao
Vale Edmund Capon AM OBE
It is with immense sadness that we note the death of Edmund Capon AM OBE, director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 1978 to 2011.
3 months ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog
Whiteley, in a nutshell
Even for Brett Whiteley – arguably the most public artist Australia has ever known – the studio holds secrets that the nosiest fly on the gallery wall may never know.
3 months, 1 week ago, by Jack Howard
My big break
Four women artists with works in the Art Gallery of NSW collection reflect on their formative moments in the art world.
3 months, 1 week ago, by Susannah Smith
True flavour, not true facts
The value of oral histories is in the flavour rather than the facts. The interviews with artists recorded for the Balnaves Foundation Australian Sculpture Archive Project are not just informative, but sometimes moving and often surprisingly funny.
3 months, 2 weeks ago, by Steven Miller
Vale Rosemary Madigan
Rosemary Madigan, one of Australia’s most distinguished sculptors, died on 12 February 2019, aged 92.
3 months, 3 weeks ago, by Denise Mimmocchi
On display in the 'Fearless' exhibition along with works by other contemporary South Asian women artists, an installation by Dayanita Singh and a woodcut print by Zarina are now part of the Gallery's collection. They offer two very different kinds of journey.
5 months, 1 week ago, by Natalie Seiz
Frank Watters gift
Frank Watters, co-director of Watters Gallery in Sydney, has made a gift of over 30 artworks from his personal collection to the Art Gallery of NSW, including works by Tony Tuckson, Richard Larter, Pat Larter, Vicki Varvaressos, Ken Whisson and Chris O’Doherty.
7 months, 2 weeks ago, by Denise Mimmocchi
Australia is top of the world map in Reena Saini Kallat’s installation, created specifically for the Gallery, which traces migration routes taken by groups of people, from indentured labourers to professionals.
7 months, 4 weeks ago, by Sarah Couper
These women are fearless
The last time the Art Gallery of NSW held a group show of women artists of the Asian region was in 1999. ‘Fearless’, which is currently on display, is the first exhibition of South Asian women artists ever held at the Gallery.
8 months, 2 weeks ago, by Natalie Seiz
Vale Pam Hallandal
Vale Pam Hallandal, Australian sculptor, printmaker, draughtswoman and two-time winner of the Dobell Prize for Drawing.
8 months, 3 weeks ago, by Anne Ryan
Stockings and spice
Anyone who has ever owned a pair of stockings and tried to get through a winter without them running or becoming a saggy lump will appreciate the complexities of maintaining a room-full of stockings into perpetuity.
9 months ago, by Lisa Catt
Who painted Henry?
The earliest portrait miniatures known to have been produced in England are head-and-shoulder portraits of the young Henry VIII attributed to Lucas Horenbout. Could there be links to the 16th-century portrait panel of Henry in the Art Gallery of NSW collection?
9 months, 3 weeks ago, by Project Team Henry VIII
That was then, this is now
Some of the 2018 Archibald sitters have appeared in prize portraits in the past. We take a look at then and now. How do the paintings compare? And how does an artist's depiction of themselves line up against a portrait of them painted by someone else?
9 months, 3 weeks ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
Vale Charles Blackman
Vale Charles Blackman, one of the most celebrated Australian figurative artists of the 20th century.
10 months ago, by Anne Ryan
Making a Tudor frame
Having established the Gallery's Henry VIII portrait was some 500 years old, there were new questions to answer. What were picture frames like in Tudor England, and how do you go about making a reproduction frame fit for a king?
10 months, 1 week ago, by Project Team Henry VIII
Spacemakers and roomshakers
Bicycle wheels, stuffed goats, tonnes of sugar, soap bubbles, crushed cars, potted plants, lard, plastic bottles, television monitors… The list of things from which sculpture can be made today is almost endless.
10 months, 2 weeks ago, by Justin Paton
Even before our recent investigations into the mysteries of the Henry VIII portrait in the Gallery’s collection, we knew that some alterations had been made to the artwork. Now, the painting has been restored to let the original work shine.
10 months, 4 weeks ago, by Project Team Henry VIII
Animals in the Archibald
With two dogs, one cat and one bird among the 2018 Archibald Prize finalists, it is worth talking about the role of pets, and animals in general, in the prize.
11 months, 1 week ago, by Eric Riddler
Dendrochronologists do it with trees
It’s truly extraordinary how much information there is locked within a piece of wood. To help unlock the secrets of the Gallery’s Henry VIII portrait, which is painted on an oak panel, we turned to dendrochronology or tree-ring dating.
11 months, 2 weeks ago, by Project Team Henry VIII