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.
4 days, 4 hours ago, by Melanie Barrett
When Violet painted Margaret Alice
On International Women's Day, 8 March, we'd like to introduce you to a new painting at the Gallery - a unique portrait from 1900 of tennis-playing Margaret Alice by Australian artist Violet Teague.
1 month, 2 weeks ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog
A year that shook the world
To commemorate the golden anniversary of 1968, the Gallery’s latest film season offers a genre-spanning, globetrotting snapshot of a year that shook the world.
2 months ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd
Artist interview: Kushana Bush
New Zealand-based artist Kushana Bush reveals how water-skiing and sportswear are among the vast array of sources for her painstakingly detailed works.
3 months, 1 week ago, by Lisa Catt
Restoring a Streeton
Almost 100 years after Arthur Streeton painted the WWI battleground of Villers-Bretonneux, a major conservation project has restored both the painting and its frame.
3 months, 2 weeks ago, by Céline de Courlon
Sounds of silence
If the paintings of the Dutch golden age could sing, what would they sound like?
4 months ago, by Sarah Couper
Vale Ray Hughes
Legendary art dealer and gallery owner Ray Hughes has died at the age of 72.
4 months, 1 week ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog
Inside Sidney Nolan's last studio
Sidney Nolan is one of Australia's most celebrated artists. His last studio, in the Welsh Marches on the border of Wales and England, is preserved for researchers and visitors, and still runs as an organic farm.
4 months, 2 weeks ago, by Paula Dredge
One in five Australians
Did you realise that one in five Australians are people with disability? That's 4.3 million individuals.
4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Danielle Gullotta
Artist interview: Sara Hughes
New Zealand artist Sara Hughes talks about her 2008 work 'Torpedo', which took shape in New York against the backdrop of imploding financial markets.
5 months ago, by Lisa Catt
Souvenirest and dearest
I have a lot of feelings about magnets. Let’s get that out in the open first thing. I’m not being ironic here. I believe souvenir items are a genuinely wonderful phenomenon, and magnets are their apex form.
5 months, 1 week ago, by Holly Bennett
Contemporary printmaking from the Torres Strait Islands
On 28 October, the Gallery opens a new exhibition presenting the work of Glen Mackie and Daniel O’Shane, two artists with individual practices who are currently at the forefront of contemporary Torres Strait Islander printmaking
5 months, 4 weeks ago, by Cara Pinchbeck
Admired by Tom Roberts and Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh called George John Pinwell a poet who saw the sublime in the most ordinary, commonplace things, and Tom Roberts wrote admiringly of his work 'A seat in St James's Park', now in the Gallery's collection and on display in the 'Victorian watercolours' exhibition.
6 months ago, by Peter Raissis
Artist interview: Grant Stevens
Grant Stevens reveals how the road trip he took along the US west coast in 2007 led to his work 'The way' in the Gallery's 'Out of the ordinary' exhibition.
6 months, 2 weeks ago, by Lisa Catt
Inside a framing studio
Frames have seldom been paid much attention in art history but they are art’s great scene-setters. A visit to the studio of the Gallery's frame-maker illuminates an art form that lives in the margins.
6 months, 2 weeks ago, by Sarah Couper
What's involved in reproducing an exquisitely coloured painting or woodcut print on a silk scarf? A visit to a local Sydney studio revealed the painstaking process.
7 months ago, by Holly Bennett
None of these women are naked
Back in 1989, the artist collective known as the Guerilla Girls famously asked: Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?. There’s still a long way to go until there’s gender parity in the artworld but there are signs of progress. Wherever you venture in the Art Gallery of NSW at the moment, you're likely to encounter the work of an inspiring woman.
7 months, 3 weeks ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
Artist interview: Jonathan Jones
Sydney-based artist Jonathan Jones, member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia, talks about his 2004 work 'blue poles' in the Gallery's 'Out of the ordinary' exhibition.
8 months ago, by Lisa Catt
Grace Cossington Smith and the Macquarie Galleries mystery
With the exhibition 'O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: making modernism' currently showing at the Gallery, now is a perfect time to revisit one of the most mysterious crimes in Australian art – the theft of 28 Grace Cossington Smith paintings from Macquarie Galleries on 4 April 1977.
8 months, 1 week ago, by Sean Rabin
Made for the middle class
When it came to collecting art, the early trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW aimed to follow the cultural standards of the Victorian-era British middle class. Watercolours fulfilled those requirements perfectly.
8 months, 2 weeks ago, by Peter Raissis
Not the selfie as you know it
In establishing the prize that bears his name, JF Archibald may have stipulated that the portrait be 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics', but it's obvious that this year's finalists prefer faces from the art world - even more so when it's their own.
8 months, 3 weeks ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
The finalists in the 2017 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are notable for many reasons, including the inclusion of collaborative works and works by Indigenous artists.
9 months ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
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.
9 months, 1 week 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.
9 months, 2 weeks 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.
9 months, 3 weeks ago, by Paula Dredge