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David to Cézanne
master drawings from the Prat Collection, Paris

22 Sep – 5 Dec 2010

An in-depth exploration of the development of French art over the 19th century through drawings by David, Ingres, Géricault, Delacroix, Millet, Manet, Degas, Moreau, Seurat, Cézanne and others.

Operation art 2010

12 Oct – 24 Oct 2010

An annual exhibition of children’s art from schools throughout NSW created for the Children’s Hospital, Westmead.

La Per
an Aboriginal seaside story

16 Jul – 10 Oct 2010

This exhibition celebrates the Sydney Aboriginal community of La Per (La Perouse) by combining historical and contemporary works unique to this seaside community.

Paths to abstraction
1867 - 1917

26 Jun – 19 Sep 2010

One of the most ambitious exhibitions the Gallery has ever undertaken, featuring 140-plus works by some of the most influential artists of the modern era.

Stephen Vitiello: The Birds
a Kaldor Public Art Project

11 Aug – 12 Sep 2010

This sound piece by internationally celebrated US sound and media artist Stephen Vitiello is based on Daphne du Maurier’s story of the same name.

Alfred Stieglitz
the Lake George years

17 Jun – 5 Sep 2010

Lake George was where Alfred Stieglitz conceived the Equivalents, possibly the most visionary works to exist in the photographic medium, spawning the era of 'straight’ photography worldwide. This is the first exhibition of Stieglitz … more

Victorian visions
19th-century art from the John Schaeffer Collection

20 May – 29 Aug 2010

From the collection of John Schaeffer, paintings, watercolours, drawings and sculptures by some of the luminaries of Victorian art, including Rossetti, Holman Hunt, Burne-Jones, Leighton, Poynter, Watts and Waterhouse.

The dreamers

9 May 2009 – 15 Aug 2010

This exhibition celebrates the lives and work of eight distinguished Aboriginal artists who have contributed significantly to Australia’s cultural landscape. They are the dreamers for the future.

17th Biennale of Sydney
The beauty of distance: songs of survival in a precarious age

12 May – 1 Aug 2010

The Gallery presents works by seven leading artists from Asia: Makoto Aida, Liu Jianhua, Wang Qingsong, Raqib Shaw, Hisashi Tenmyouya, Jennifer Wen Ma and Akira Yamaguchi.

Dadang Christanto
They give evidence

27 May – 18 Jul 2010

A reprise of the confronting and moving, larger-than-life sculptures of human suffering by Dadang Christanto, first seen here at the launch of the new Asian galleries in 2003 and again in 2005.

Colour, rhythm, design
wood and lino cuts of the 20s and 30s

13 Mar – 11 Jul 2010

Colourful, boldly designed woodcuts and linocuts by such leading Australian artists as Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Adelaide Perry, Dorrit Black, Ethel Spowers and Mabel Pye.

This annual exhibition is one of the most popular in Australia and often one of its most controversial.

Balnaves contemporary: painting

5 Mar – 23 May 2010

This exhibition considers how nature and landscape continue to preoccupy contemporary painters. But not nature based on observation. The 'wild’ here is found in the mind of the artists.


18 Feb – 9 May 2010

A dynamic and popular annual exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts.

Hymn to beauty
the art of Utamaro

13 Feb – 2 May 2010

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?–1806) revolutionised the way women were portrayed in Japanese visual arts, and his sensuous portraits of courtesans, housewives, mothers and lovers have been popular ever since.

6 photographers

5 Dec 2009 – 7 Mar 2010

Five photographs each by Gordon Andrews, Max Dupain, Kerry Dundas, Hal Missingham, Axel Poignant and David Potts.

Rupert Bunny
artist in Paris

21 Nov 2009 – 21 Feb 2010

Australian-born painter Rupert Bunny (1864–1947) was one of the most successful artists of his generation.

Tatzu Nishi
War and peace and in between

2 Oct 2009 – 14 Feb 2010

Tatzu Nishi has enclosed the two equestrian sculptures at the front of the Gallery in playful constructions, and invited visitors to walk inside to explore the surreal spaces.

40 years
Kaldor Public Art Projects

2 Oct 2009 – 14 Feb 2010

2009 is the 40th anniversary of Christo’s wrapping of Little Bay – the first Kaldor project. This exhibition celebrates the history of the projects and launches the next phase.

Dobell Prize for Drawing 2009

6 Nov 2009 – 31 Jan 2010

In 2009, Australia’s most respected drawing award was one by Pam Hallandal for her work Tsunami.

Garden and cosmos
the royal paintings of Jodhpur

29 Oct 2009 – 26 Jan 2010

Experience the unique art tradition that flourished in the royal courts between the 17th and 19th centuries.