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Brett Whiteley
pathways to figuration

Fri–Sun only 31 Mar – Oct 2018

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Special hours

Rarely seen paintings and works on paper from his formative years chart Brett Whiteley’s journey to figuration through abstraction.

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.

Hold still
the photographic performance

12 May – 29 Jul 2018

Drawn from the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition examines the way a camera turns any subject into a performer and any scenario into a theatrical act.

Henry VR

12 May – 9 Sep 2018

Journey deep inside a Tudor painting to explore the hidden life of a king’s portrait, and the workshop of the artists who created it.

Presents the work of contemporary artists from across Australia, including new work made especially for this exhibition.

Spacemakers and roomshakers
installations from the collection

14 Jul – Oct 2018

Become a ‘space explorer’ and experience some of the most immersive and expansive artworks in the Gallery’s collection.

contemporary South Asian art

21 Jul 2018 – Jan 2019

The Gallery’s first exhibition to focus on women artists with ties to South Asia explores politics, nationalism and the consequences of shifting borders.

John Russell
Australia’s French impressionist

21 Jul – 11 Nov 2018

A major survey of this extraordinary yet little-known Australian painter, a close friend of Van Gogh and Rodin, who dined with Monet and taught Matisse.

Chinese bible
revolution and art in China

28 Jul 2018 – 2019

The intimate histories of artists who grew up in China during the time of Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution.

Anne Dangar
ceramics from Moly-Sabata

Aug – Oct 2018

A display of the Gallery’s major new acquisitions from this much-admired Australian modernist painter and potter.

William Kentridge

Sep 2018 – 2019

Features one of the artist’s most ambitious and celebrated video installations – a major new addition to the Gallery’s collection from one of the most powerful voices in art today.

Modern masters from the Hermitage

13 Oct 2018 – 3 Mar 2019

Presents 65 paintings from the magnificent collections of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, including works by Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Malevich and Kandinsky.

Nonggirrnga Marawili
living landscapes

Nov 2018 – Feb 2019

Artist Nonggirrnga Marawili is inspired by the atmospheric effects that are created as country is brought to life through the movement of wind, water or unseen forces.

Judy Watson

Nov 2018 – 2019

Paintings, prints and drawings from one of Australia’s most significant artists.

Melanesian art: redux

Nov 2018 – Feb 2019

Significant works of art acquired by Tony Tuckson for the Gallery’s Pacific collection are on display, some for the first time in four decades.

Tony Tuckson
the abstract sublime

Nov 2018 – Feb 2019

Explores the work and legacy of one of Australia’s earliest and most influential abstract expressionist artists.

Brett Whiteley
drawing is everything

Dec 2018 – 2019

Looks at the central place of drawing in Brett Whiteley’s art, from his early drawings of Sydney and France to his later lyrical landscapes, interiors and nudes.

The Essential Duchamp

Apr – Aug 2019

The most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the art and life of Marcel Duchamp ever to be seen in the Asia-Pacific region.