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  • 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.

    4 days, 13 hours 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.

    1 week, 2 days 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.

    2 weeks, 1 day 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.

    2 weeks, 4 days ago, by Steven Miller

  • Vale Rosemary Madigan

    Rosemary Madigan, one of Australia’s most distinguished sculptors, died on 12 February 2019, aged 92.

    3 weeks, 3 days ago, by Denise Mimmocchi

  • Different journeys

    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.

    2 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.

    4 months, 2 weeks ago, by Denise Mimmocchi

  • Mapping connections

    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.

    5 months 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.

    5 months, 3 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.

    5 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.

    6 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?

    6 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?

    6 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.

    7 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?

    7 months, 2 weeks 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.

    7 months, 3 weeks ago, by Justin Paton

  • Restoring Henry

    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.

    8 months 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.

    8 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.

    8 months, 2 weeks ago, by Project Team Henry VIII

  • Supernova

    Anna May Wong was no ordinary star. Born in Los Angeles in 1905 to second-generation Chinese parents, she broke into Hollywood at a time when studios baulked at screen-testing actresses of colour.

    8 months, 3 weeks ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd

  • Signs of the Cast Shadow Master

    Mystery surrounds the Gallery’s portrait of Henry VIII. To get closer to the truth – and to help us plan its much-needed conservation treatment – we needed to get much, much closer to the painting itself.

    9 months ago, by Project Team Henry VIII

  • Sharing your image, Tudor style

    In early 16th-century England the art of portraiture was developing rapidly and there were more pictures of King Henry VIII in existence than of any earlier British monarch. But who created these images, and how?

    9 months, 1 week ago, by Project Team Henry VIII

  • The not-so-young Henrys

    The Art Gallery of NSW owns a portrait of Henry VIII, one of the world’s most recognisable figures, but until recently we knew little about it. Some of the artwork’s deepest secrets have now been revealed, following a major research project.

    9 months, 2 weeks ago, by Project Team Henry VIII

  • We are family

    When it comes to Australia’s favourite portrait prize, for this year’s crop of finalists and their subjects it’s a real family affair.

    10 months, 1 week ago, by Kirsten Tilgals

  • Looking good once again

    Looming eight metres high, Brett Whiteley's giant pair of matches has become a Sydney landmark, marking the approach to the Art Gallery of NSW from Woolloomooloo. The sculpture has just undergone extensive conservation treatment.

    11 months, 1 week ago, by Melanie Barrett