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?
6 days, 18 hours 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.
1 week, 6 days 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.
3 weeks, 1 day 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.
1 month 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.
1 month, 1 week ago, by Project Team Henry VIII
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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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?
2 months 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.
2 months, 1 week 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.
3 months 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.
3 months, 4 weeks 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.
5 months, 1 week 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.
5 months, 3 weeks 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.
7 months 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.
7 months, 1 week ago, by Céline de Courlon
Sounds of silence
If the paintings of the Dutch golden age could sing, what would they sound like?
7 months, 3 weeks ago, by Sarah Couper
Vale Ray Hughes
Legendary art dealer and gallery owner Ray Hughes has died at the age of 72.
8 months 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.
8 months, 1 week 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.
8 months, 2 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.
8 months, 3 weeks 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.
9 months 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
9 months, 3 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.
10 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.
10 months, 1 week 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.
10 months, 2 weeks ago, by Sarah Couper