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The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information, including hours

	Image: Richard Larter Five in a row show 1969 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Richard Larter. Licensed by Copyright Agency

Art appreciation lecture series 2021 - Term 1

Love, sex and death: The constant companions of art

We are pleased to announce the return of the highly popular Art Appreciation lecture series Love, sex and death: The constant companions of art in a refreshed format for 2021.

Whilst Oscar Wilde once stated that ‘Life imitates art far more than art imitates life’, this Art Appreciation lecture series will look at how love, sex and death, and artists’ obsessions with these, underpin much of the art that has been produced for millennia.

The theme will provide new information about some artists who we thought we knew but whose skills and output were sometimes driven by other desires. We also look at why some artists died lonely and under-appreciated whilst others had celebrated careers, grand funerals and elaborate tombs.

Over three terms, some of this country’s most revered art historians and curators will explore and reveal the constant companions of art.

Please note that the 2021 series will be released on a term by term basis. Book now for Term 1.

The wellbeing of our members, visitors and staff is our highest priority. We are following the comprehensive COVID-Safe Plan developed by the Art Gallery of NSW in line with NSW Health guidelines, with extensive measures in place to ensure your safety. Before your visit, we encourage you to read the latest visit information

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Wednesday lectures
Wednesday Term 1 subscription – sold out

Thursday lectures
Thursday Term 1 subscription – sold out

Individual lectures: see below

Listen to podcasts

Available on Soundcloud

Image: Richard Larter Five in a row show 1969 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Richard Larter. Licensed by Copyright Agency

Various Wednesdays 6pm or Thursdays 1pm
3 February – 29 April 2021

Per term: non-member $300, member $225
Per lecture: non-member $40, member $30

Term 1: 3 February – 29 April

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

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Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre

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Venice – the perfect setting for love, sex and death BOOKED OUT

Ron Ramsey

 

Wednesday 3 February 2021 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 4 February 2021 1pm – 2pm
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Mr Arthur Streeton and Miss Nora Clench: the protracted wooing of an independent Edwardian woman

Wayne Tunnicliffe

 

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Wednesday 10 February 2021 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 11 February 2021 1pm – 2pm
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Vanitas: mortality and morality in 17th-century Dutch painting

Georgina Cole

 

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Wednesday 17 February 2021 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 18 February 2021 1pm – 2pm
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A tale of tormented love: Cupid and Psyche in the Palazzo del Te

Lorraine Kypiotis

 

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Wednesday 24 February 2021 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 25 February 2021 1pm – 2pm
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Queer love, fashion and fancy: Sydney, Mardi Gras capital

Peter McNeil

 

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Wednesday 3 March 2021 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 4 March 2021 1pm – 2pm
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Elizabeth (Stanhope) Forbes: art and life in Victorian Britain

Josephine Touma

 

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Wednesday 10 March 2021 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 11 March 2021 1pm – 2pm
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The tomb in architecture: from the Enlightenment to Carlo Scarpa

Peter Kohane

 

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Wednesday 17 March 2021 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 18 March 2021 1pm – 2pm
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Fragonard: the game of love

Peter Raissis

 

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Wednesday 24 March 2021 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 25 March 2021 1pm – 2pm
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L’amour fou: Surrealism and love

Jaime Tsai

 

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Wednesday 31 March 2021 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 1 April 2021 1pm – 2pm
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Love, sex and death in the Gallery

Steven Miller

 

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Wednesday 21 April 2021 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 22 April 2021 1pm – 2pm
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'Seekers of souls': Margaret Baskerville and Charles Douglas Richardson

Denise Mimmocchi

 

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Wednesday 28 April 2021 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 29 April 2021 1pm – 2pm
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