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.
2 weeks, 5 days 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.
3 weeks, 6 days 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
Just the two of us
The lovers Paola and Francesca, stars of the Auguste Rodin’s 'The kiss', may be the celebrity couple in 'Nude: art from the Tate collection', but there are a number of other couples in the exhibition – both fictional and real – I’d like to introduce you to.
2 months ago, by Jackie Dunn
Dr Ever-Hard’s dirty little book
As a state gallery, it can be difficult to negotiate the shifting boundaries between what is considered challenging, provocative, offensive and obscene. The general public often has different ideas about these things to those working in the arts.
2 months ago, by Steven Miller
A recipe for art
I think there’s a special level of hell reserved for colleagues who send around gorgeous photos of home-cooked food at half past ten on a Monday morning. It’s probably got lovely ambience, really good table service and smells amazing.
2 months, 3 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
The journey of 'The kiss' part 2
Rejected, neglected, forced to live with horses and covered by a tarpaulin, 'The kiss' was slow in taking its rightful place as a modernist masterpiece.
3 months ago, by Jackie Dunn
The journey of 'The kiss'
When we think about the world’s greatest sculptures, Auguste Rodin’s glorious 'The kiss' is right up there: in fact, it often tops the pops of favourite sculptures internationally. The trouble is, we have to travel halfway round the globe to see it. But not this summer...
3 months, 2 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn
Restoring a Ramsay
A recent conservation project has brought an important Australian painting - Hugh Ramsay’s 'The foil' 1901 - back to life.
4 months, 2 weeks ago, by Céline de Courlon
When I was a kid I was notorious for disappearing for hours to read. I am grateful for those adults that indulged my anti-social tendencies as a child, leaving me be to inhabit the world of literature and learn my first lessons in drawing stories.
6 months, 3 weeks ago, by Anne Ryan
Who's who at this year's Archie
From the first timers to those you'll encounter more than once in the exhibition, here's an introduction to some of the artists in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2016 and their choice of sitters.
7 months ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
Sisters are doing it for themselves
Women artists have scooped the pool in this year's competition, taking out the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes as well as the Trustees Watercolour Prize and the Packing Room Prize - and all are first-time finalists.
7 months, 1 week ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith
For the first time, a major body of work by Georgia O’Keeffe is coming to Australia. A ground-breaking exhibition will showcase the iconic art of one of the most significant American painters of the 20th century, alongside masterpieces by celebrated and pioneering Australian artists Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith.
8 months ago, by Denise Mimmocchi
So bright, so beautiful...Ah, Precious
I’m a big fan of shiny things. Nothing brings me joy like sparkly stuff, and I love to wear a fair amount of bling. That is why I was hovering like Gollum over a display case in the Gallery Shop.
8 months, 2 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
Written with the body
No practice. No rubbing out. And don’t spill anything. These were some of the challenges artist Liang Xiao Ping faced recently when writing calligraphy in acrylic and Chinese ink across an 11-metre length of stretched canvas in the Art Gallery of NSW.
9 months, 1 week ago, by John Saxby
They come alive at night
The Gallery has recently acquired a series of photographs by Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura which fulfils the fantastical notion that objects in a museum come alive at night.
9 months, 3 weeks ago, by Isobel Parker Philip
Radically optimistic art
Mexican artist Pedro Reyes has turned illegal firearms into musical instruments, designed to be played. Revolvers, shotguns and machineguns have been recomposed as a guitar, xylophone, psaltery, pan pipes and rain stick.
10 months ago, by Nicholas Chambers
An interview with Julian Rosefeldt
We spoke with artist Julian Rosefeldt to find out more about the process of creating ‘Manifesto’, his new video installation featuring Cate Blanchett, and about the rich history of manifestos.
10 months ago, by Justin Paton
A studio in Paris
Imagine waking up in your studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts to the chimes of bells from the Notre Dame Cathedral. If you’re an artist, arts professional, scholar or post-graduate student, this could be you in 2017!
11 months, 1 week ago, by Yuki Kawakami
Have you been caught up in a New-Year’s-resolution whirl of renovations and aspirational lifestyle improvements? Let me fix that for you.
11 months, 3 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
Judy Cassab remembered
Artist Judy Cassab AO CBE (1920-2015) left an indelible mark on the story of Australian art, which was remembered at a memorial event held on 11 February at the Gallery. Among the speakers were The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, former Justice of the High Court, whose speech we've reproduced.
1 year ago, by Anne Ryan
It started with a kiss
Feel like making a long-term plan for your art historical edification (or just getting in a little background)? Well, right now the Art Gallery of NSW has a ‘Great’ with us that is worth checking out not only for its own sake but as a comparison piece to a rather wonderful visitor due here later this year.
1 year ago, by Jackie Dunn
News from the bat cave
An installation of fruit bats on a Hills Hoist by artist Lin Onus has charmed many visitors since its creation in 1991. However, the cracks that appeared in some of the animals started us on the trail of solving a conservation mystery.
1 year ago, by Kelly McCauley