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.
15 hours, 21 minutes 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.
2 weeks, 6 days 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.
3 weeks, 5 days 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.
1 month 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 2 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months 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.
4 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.
4 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.
5 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.
5 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.
5 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?
5 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.’
6 months, 1 week ago, by Jackie Dunn
Vale Sydney Ball
Sydney Ball – Australian painter, draughtsman, sculptor and printmaker - has died at the age of 83.
6 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.
6 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.
7 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.
7 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.
8 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.
8 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.
8 months, 2 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn