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 days, 5 hours 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
3 weeks, 4 days 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.
1 month 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 months, 4 weeks 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.
3 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.
3 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.
3 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.
3 months, 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.
4 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.
4 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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 months, 1 week 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.
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
7 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.
7 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.
7 months, 2 weeks 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?
7 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.’
8 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.
8 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.
8 months, 3 weeks ago, by Jackie Dunn