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Art Appreciation 2023 online Golden threads: tracing connections between artists, collections and cultures

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Join us for the 2023 Art Appreciation lecture program as a range of scholars and researchers, including popular past lecturers, lead a fascinating discussion about the evolution of artistic taste, the role of art museums, the art market, influential individuals and other factors in defining what art is collected and why.

Each lecturer will take as their starting point one artwork from the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection then delve deeper to consider how this work reflects a particular moment in time by examining its context, including the culture of the era and the art movements that influenced the artist.

They will ask why particular artworks are significant, why the artists created them in the first place, and how each artist’s work has been perceived, collected and interpreted over time. They will draw connections between the treasures in the Art Gallery’s collection with those held in museums, galleries and other collections across the world.

Held over three terms (a total of 36 weeks), the 2023 program will include important works by well-loved artists such as Paul Cézanne, Grace Cossington Smith, John Olsen, John Russell, Jessie Traill and Brett Whiteley. Many of the works have been acquired with the support of Art Gallery members.

Throughout 2023 we’ll be celebrating the contribution that members have made to building the Art Gallery collection over the past 70 years, creating a legacy of over 240 artworks for the people of NSW and future generations.

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This online program offers recordings of the Art Appreciation 2023 lectures presented onsite at the Art Gallery. You can book individual lectures, a whole term or the entire series.

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Art Appreciation 2023 online Golden threads: tracing connections between artists, collections and cultures

February 2023 – March 2024

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  • Art Appreciation onlineProspero Fontana, his daughter Lavinia and the Bolognese Renaissance

    Term 1 lecture
    Presented by John Gagné

    Be drawn into the life of Prospero Fontana, a painter who in many ways embodied life in 16th- century Europe, labouring for popes and princes in Genoa, Rome, France and his native city of Bologna. Fontana’s Deposition 1563 in the Art Gallery collection reveals late Renaissance Italy in stylistic transformation and illuminates the turbulent debates over religious art in an age of reform. Fontana’s daughter Lavinia also became a master painter, of mythical allegories, holy scenes and society portraits.

    Dr John Gagné is Cassamarca Senior Lecturer in History and director of the Medieval and Early Modern Centre at the University of Sydney.

    22 February 2023 – 26 May 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineTo and from Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Head of a peasant’

    Term 1 lecture
    Presented by Vincent Alessi

    Explore the influences that informed Vincent van Gogh’s approach to portraiture through a study of Head of a peasant 1884, now in the Art Gallery’s collection.  This lecture will explore how this painting (part of Van Gogh’s project to paint 50 peasant heads) was instrumental in the development of the artist’s first great genre painting, The potato eaters.

    Dr Vincent Alessi is director of Linden New Art and a specialist on the life and work of Vincent van Gogh and mid to late 19th-century European art history at La Trobe University.

    1 March 2023 – 2 June 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineBraving Time: getting to the bottom of queer art

    Term 1 lecture
    Presented by Richard Perram

    Is there such a thing as queer art?  This lecture will explore works by queer artists in the Art Gallery’s collection, starting with Gilbert & George’s Reaming 1982, then segue into an examination of Braving Time: Contemporary Art in Queer Australia, curated for Sydney WorldPride 2023. 

    Richard Perram OAM was director of Bathurst Regional Art Gallery from 2004 until 2017, and is currently developing Braving Time at the National Art School. 

    8 March 2023 – 9 June 2023

  • Art Appreciation online‘Glow of the city’: the nocturnal world of Martin Lewis

    Term 1 lecture
    Presented by Claudia Chan Shaw

    This lecture will examine Australian-born Martin Lewis’ Glow of the city 1929, a moody nocturnal print in the style we now call art deco. Made while Lewis was living in New York, the work captures an evocative moment in the rise of a great metropolis, with a flapper gazing over the rooftops of New York City, illuminated by the towering art deco Chanin building.   

    Claudia Chan Shaw is a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, artist, curator and tour leader for the Art Gallery Members’ world art tours. She is co-host of the television series Antiques DownUnder.

    15 March 2023 – 16 June 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineBringing it home: domestic devotions in Renaissance Italy

    Term 1 lecture
    Presented by Louise Marshall

    Develop an intimate understanding of Francesco di Simone Ferrucci’s marble relief Madonna and Child c1480s, which was likely made for the home rather than the church or chapel. This lecture will explore the meaning of the various details, from the curtain tacked up by fictive nails, to the naked Christ child holding a goldfinch and the Virgin’s discreetly exposed breast.  

    Dr Louise Marshall is honorary senior lecturer in the Department of Art History at the University of Sydney and an internationally renowned expert on Italian Renaissance art.

    22 March 2023 – 23 June 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineThreading through golden summers: Australian impressionism at the Art Gallery

    Term 1 lecture
    Presented by Jane Clark

    The Art Gallery of New South Wales has had a pivitol role in fostering the popularity of Australian Impressionism, through its early purchase of ‘national’ paintings by local young protagonists. This lecture will explore how Australian art tells many changing stories over time, with a focus on In the afternoon 1891, by John Russell, the only Australian artist to work alongside Claude Monet,.

    Jane Clark is senior research curator at Mona (the Museum of Old and New Art), Hobart. She was previously curator of major special exhibitions in both Australian and international art at the National Gallery of Victoria and deputy chair of Sotheby’s in Australia.

    29 March 2023 – 30 June 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineSex and the city: Mars, the Vestal Virgin and the founding of Rome

    Term 1 lecture
    Presented by Alastair Blanshard 

    This lecture will explore Australia’s fascination with antiquity, starting with Jacques Blanchard’s Mars and the vestal virgin, c1637–38, a sensuous portrayal of the events that lead to the birth of the founders of Rome – Romulus and Remus. Like many of his contemporaries, Blanchard found in the world of Greek and Roman myth a place that transcended and challenged contemporary morality.

    Professor Alastair Blanshard is the Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland and previously lectured at the universities of Oxford and Reading.

    5 April 2023 – 7 July 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineBuddhas future, Buddhas past: our Chinese century foretold?

    Term 1 lecture
    Presented by Iain Shearer

    With a focus on a stelae (upright stone slab or column) from the Art Gallery’s collection, originally carved for the Northern Wei rulers of 6th-century CE China, this lecture will explore a warp-and-weft of ideas, people, plague, and knowledges that bind Africa with Asia and to Europe and consider how the golden threads of Late Antiquity continue to reach into contemporary life.

    Dr Iain Shearer is an archaeologist at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and former Sackler scholar for Afghanistan and Iran at the British Museum. He is a fellow at the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

    12 April 2023 – 14 July 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineLouise Hersent and the women artists of 19th-century Paris

    Term 1 lecture
    Presented by Anne Gerard-Austin 

    Discover Louise Marie-Jeanne Hersent’s intriguing Portrait of a young woman leaning on a meridienne 1828, which was recently acquired by the Art Gallery. Hersent exhibited her art along with other women artists in France. Her pursuits belong to a larger untold story – the rise of women’s public, professional artistic activity in France from the late 18th through to the early 19th century.

    Dr Anne Gerard-Austin is acting curator of international art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She has a BA and MA from the École du Louvre, Paris and a PhD from the University of Sydney.

    19 April 2023 – 21 July 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineSquinting at the trees: Buvelot and the eucalypt

    Term 1 lecture
    Presented by Alisa Bunbury

    Taking as its starting point the Art Gallery’s painting At Lilydale 1870, this lecure will explore the pastoral landscapes of Louis Buvelot and the way in which his art, and that of his contemporaries, influenced and complemented an evolving emotional response to the gum tree among settler Australians in the second half of the 19th century. 

    Alisa Bunbury is an independent writer, researcher and curator specialising in 19th-century Australian settler art. She is currently the Grimwade Collection Curator at the University of Melbourne.

    10 May 2023 – 11 August 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineTransformations: the many heads of Avalokiteshvara

    Term 1 lecture
    Presented by Alex McKay

    Avalokiteshvara is the Bodhisattva of compassion, known in various forms throughout the Buddhist world. In China he even takes the female form as the beautiful goddess Guanyin. As a Boddhisattva – one who works for the enlightenment of all sentient beings – he is particularly popular in Tibet where his earthly manifestation is as the Dalai Lama. This lecture will explore this highly venerated deity in the context of the Art Gallery’s 19th-century Tibetan statuette. 

    Dr Alex McKay is a historian of the Indo-Tibetan Himalayas. He is a former lecturer and research fellow at School of Oriental and African Studies, London University.

    17 May 2023 – 18 August 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineWhatever happened to Cézanne?

    Term 1 lecture
    Presented by David R Marshall

    Paul Cézanne was the most important modernist painter for the first half of the 20th century and the prime source for cubism, art deco and much Western art until 1950, but where does his art stand today? This lecture focuses on his Banks of the Marne c1888 and explores how this depiction of a French riverbank speaks to us in terms of place, representation and the history of art. 

    Dr David R Marshall is associate professor and principal fellow in art history at the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and honorary research fellow of the British School in Rome. He is also a director of the Melbourne Art Network and was the founder and editor of Melbourne Art Journal.

    24 May 2023 – 25 August 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineGrace Cossington Smith: a radiant modernism

    Term 2 lecture
    Presented by Denise Mimmocchi

    Creating to the dictum of painting ‘light in colour’, Grace Cossington Smith authored a radical, vibrant visual language that she used to invoke the pulsating energies and spirit of her modern age. This lecture focuses on her series depicting the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, includingThe curve of the bridge 1928–29, which are among the most significant and arresting works of 20th-century Australian art.

    Denise Mimmocchi is senior curator of Australian art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, co-author of Sydney moderns: art for a new world and co-editor of O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: making modernism.

    31 May 2023 – 1 September 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineTracing the golden threads of philanthropy: from Lambert to Matisse

    Term 2 lecture
    Presented by Alison Inglis

    Discover the significance of gifts by artists and artists' families, as well as the impact of individual bequests and memorials, in enhancing public collections. This lecture will focus on George Lambert’s painting Holiday at Essex 1910 and also include two examples of international philanthropy from Britain's National Art Collections Fund and the Contemporary Art Society, London.

    Dr Alison Inglis is an honorary fellow in art history at the University of Melbourne, with a longstanding research interest in Australian art collections.

    7 June 2023 – 8 September 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineA reflection on the effects of the moon, sea and air in pictures and gardens

    Term 2 lecture
    Presented by Olivia Meehan

    Focusing on Moon Garden Gate and other mural works from the early 1930s by Australian modernist Roy de Maistre, this lecture will explore some of the principles of seeing found in traditional Chinese and Japanese culture, including the reading of imagery ‘planted’ in nature and garden design.

    Dr Olivia Meehan is an art historian and object-based learning co-ordinator in the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne.

    14 June 2023 – 15 September 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineParallel visions: German expressionism and the Angry Penguins

    Term 2 lecture
    Presented by Jacqueline Strecker

    This lecture explores how the Angry Penguins, a radical group of modern Australian artists, created a range of astonishing artworks that reinvigorated and reimagined Australian subjects, myths and histories. Influenced by a range of European avant-garde movements especially German Expressionism, the group included Arthur Boyd, Joy Hester, Sidney Nolan and Albert Tucker.

    Dr Jacqueline Strecker is head of curatorial at the Powerhouse and has lectured and published widely on European and Australian modernism, nationally and internationally.

    21 June 2023 – 22 September 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineThe great arch: Jessie Traill’s etchings of modernity

    Term 2 lecture
    Presented by Anne Ryan

    Printmaker Jessie Traill’s Sydney Harbour Bridge series of etchings, including The great arch c1932, captured the construction of one of the most enduring and influential symbols of modern Australia. This lecture explores how the artist was given special access to the building site and how she felt to be part of this great national project.

    Anne Ryan is curator of Australian art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where she has worked since 1997. In 2002, she was the Sarah and William Holmes Scholar at the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings.

    28 June 2023 – 29 September 2023

  • Art Appreciation online‘Flowers in sunlight’: Adrian Feint’s queer cornucopia

    Term 2 lecture
    Presented by Peter McNeil

    Enter the lost world of cocktail-shaker chic and queer delirium in this lecture, which takes us into the world of much-loved modern Sydney painter Adrian Feint. The artist is best known for his surrealistic flower paintings in the 1930s and 40s, including the Art Gallery’s Flowers in sunlight 1940, populated with luscious blooms, carefully chosen antiques and set in Elizabeth Bay.  

    Peter McNeil is UTS Distinguished Professor of Design History and an award-winning design historian with a focus on Sydney modern art and design.

    5 July 2023 – 6 October 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineColour, form and line: Dorrit Black, modernist pioneer

    Term 2 lecture
    Presented by Lorraine Kypiotis

    This lecture explores the work of Dorrit Black, one of Australia’s finest painters, and examines her cubist paintings and linocuts, which expressed her commitment to experimental use of colour, line and form. After travelling to Europe in 1927 and training and working with André Lhote and Albert Gleizes, Black redefined modernism within a local context.

    Lorraine Kypiotis is the head of undergraduate studies and a senior lecturer in the Department of Art History and Theory at the National Art School, Sydney.

    12 July 2023 – 13 October 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineIan Fairweather and China

    Term 2 lecture
    Presented by Morris Low

    This lecture explores the importance of China to the life and work of Australian artist Ian Fairweather, starting with the Art Gallery’s painting Tea garden, Peking c1936. Arguably, Fairweather fashioned himself along the lines of East Asian masculinity, combining wu (martial valour) and wen(cultural attainment) – in Japanese, bu and bun – ultimately secluding himself like a Chinese scholar-recluse on Bribie Island off the Queensland coast.    

    Dr Morris Low is associate professor of history at the University of Queensland where he teaches East Asian history and is editor of the East Asian Series of research monographs

    2 August 2023 – 3 November 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineSonnets and symphonies of form: the inimitable Robert Klippel

    Term 2 lecture
    Presented by Geoffrey Edwards

    Learn more about the remarkable career of Australian sculptor Robert Klippel within the context of post-war modernist modes of expression. This lecture will examine the principal influences on Klippel’s multifaceted practice and look at comparable developments in the sculptural work of Klippel’s contemporaries in Melbourne and Sydney.

    Geoffrey Edwards is a freelance curator and writer. Formerly he was director of Geelong Art Gallery and, before that, senior curator of sculpture at the National Gallery of Victoria.

    9 August 2023 – 10 November 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineEdna Everage’s eye for Australian fashion

    Term 2 lecture
    Presented by Roger Leong

    John Brack’s painting Barry Humphries in the character of Mrs Everage 1969 represents an important phase in comedian Barry Humphries’ career and was a caustic observation of Australian fashion in the 1960s. This lecture will discuss Humphries’ take on suburban Australian style from the 1960s to the 1980s, with deference to sources such as Queen Elizabeth II and North American fashion.

    Roger Leong is a senior curator at the Powerhouse. He has curated over 20 exhibitions across art, fashion and the applied arts, including at the National Gallery of Australia and National Gallery of Victoria.

    16 August 2023 – 17 November 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineGodfrey Miller’s ‘Nude and the moon’: art and architecture

    Term 2 lecture
    Presented by Peter Kohane

    Explore how Godfrey Miller’s Nude and the moon c1960, with the human figure absorbed within an abstract composition of lines and luminous colours, exemplifies the idea that material things are made of light. Miller’s artistic achievement prompts an inquiry into a cultural ideal that involves a person’s sense of affinity with matter and light as they reside in paintings, buildings and cities.    

    Dr Peter Kohane is a senior lecturer in the Program of Architecture at the University of New South Wales. He teaches and publishes on architectural design, theory and history, with an emphasis on developments in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    23 August 2023 – 24 November 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineJohn Olsen’s ‘Five bells’: I am in the sea-harbour and the sea-harbour is in me

    Term 2 lecture
    Presented by Steven Alderton

    John Olsen was inspired by Kenneth Slessor’s 1939 poem ‘Five bells’ to create a series of works, including the Art Gallery’s iconic 1963 painting, which confirmed his position as one of Australia’s leading abstract artists and have come to embody the harbour and the city of Sydney.

    Steven Alderton is the director and CEO of the National Art School, Sydney, and an artist, writer and curator. He has curated many exhibitions by leading Australian artists and was the curator of the 2021 exhibition John Olsen: Goya’s Dog.

    30 August 2023 – 1 December 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineThe Tang horse: a symbol of prestige and power

    Term 3 lecture
    Presented by Jackie Menzies

    Examine the Art Gallery’s fine example of a Tang horse, with its Turkic rider which exemplifies the outstanding quality of the ‘golden age’ of China’s Tang dynasty (618–906). Standing out among the pottery figures placed in tombs as symbols of status and wealth, the Tang horse captures elegantly the cosmopolitanism and confidence of cities along the fabled Silk Road.

    Jackie Menzies OAM is emeritus curator of Asian art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, an honorary associate in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Sydney, and president of the Asian Arts Society of Australia (TAASA).

    6 September 2023 – 8 December 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineLove and frenzy: Delacroix’s ‘Angelica and the wounded Medoro’

    Term 3 lecture
    Presented by Mark Ledbury

    Explore Eugène Delacroix’s Angelica and the wounded Medoro c1860, and its inspiration, Ariosto’s epic Italian poem Orlando Furioso.  This lecture will offer a tantalising glimpse into the life, mind and art of Delacroix, one of the 19th century’s greatest artists, alongside some of the most vibrant and imaginative paintings in early modern Europe, from artists ranging from Rubens to Ingres and Fragonard.

    Professor Mark Ledbury is Power Professor of Art History and Visual Culture and director at the Power Institute, University of Sydney. He is author and anthology editor of The Versailles Effect.

    13 September 2023 – 15 December 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineMaria's pinks: women, still life, and natural history in early modern Europe

    Term 3 lecture
    Presented by Anne Dunlop

    This lecture explores the important links between still-life painting, botany and natural history in 16th- and 17th-century Europe, and of the fundamental and often overlooked role of women in the development of all three fields, by looking at the work of Dutch artist Maria van Oosterwijck and the Art Gallery’s painting Flowers and grapes hanging from a ring c1670–90.

    Professor Anne Dunlop FAHA holds the Herald Chair of Fine Art at the University of Melbourne and is a specialist in medieval and early-modern European art. 

    20 September 2023 – 22 December 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineHarriet Hosmer’s Beatrice Cenci: an unlikely feminist icon

    Term 3 lecture
    Presented by Lisa Beaven

    This lecture focus on a sculpture of a woman by a female artist – Harriet Hosmer’s 1857 sculpture of Beatrice Cenci. Whilst Hosmer’s gender and sexuality are a key aspect of the work, the exporation will be anchored in the cultural and historical context of the city of Rome in the 17th century, when Cenci was imprisoned and executed, and the 19th century, when Hosmer’s studio became a gathering place for American and English expatriate artists, writers and poets.

    Dr Lisa Beaven is a lecturer in art history at La Trobe University, Melbourne who specialises in art patronage, collecting and material culture in Rome in the 17th century.

    27 September 2023 – 29 December 2023

  • Art Appreciation onlineSeeking clarity on a rainy day; reflections on Charles Condor's 1888 painting

    Term 3 lecture
    Presented by Jeremy Clarke

    Charles Condor's Rainy day 1888 is a striking example of the works that Australian impressionist painters created on the lids of cigar boxes, not just for the colours and execution in Condor’s painting but also because of a subject that almost hides in plain sight. Condor's inclusion of Chinese market gardeners was unusual at a time of marked anti-Chinese prejudice. This lecture explores threads of connection between China and Australia, as depicted through this and other artworks.

    Dr Jeremy Clarke is a former lecturer in the History Department of Boston College (Massachusetts) and a specialist in Chinese history, with a focus on art, representation and cross-cultural exchange.

    4 October 2023 – 5 January 2024

  • Art Appreciation onlineThe Brett Whiteley Studio: artist, collection, archive

    Term 3 lecture
    Presented by Beatrice Gralton

    Brett Whiteley’s contribution to 20th-century Australian art has been one of celebration and scrutiny. The artist’s former studio in Surry Hills has been open to the public as a museum for close to 30 years. What new lessons are we learning in the 21st century about this Australian art icon?

    Beatrice Gralton is the senior curator of the Brett Whiteley Studio at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Her previous curatorial roles include associate curator at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Design in Washington DC.

    25 October 2023 – 26 January 2024

  • Art Appreciation onlineGold rush to yellow peril: Australian–Chinese cultural exchange in the 21st century

    Term 3 lecture
    Presented by Jaime Tsai

    With reference to works by Eugenia Lim and Ah Xian, this lecture considers the complexity of Australian–Chinese cultural exchange in the 21st century. With recent global events bringing the relationship between Australia and China into sharp relief, what role can Australian–Chinese artists play in mediating these relations, and how might it impact their sense of identity and belonging?

    Dr Jaime Tsai is a lecturer in art history and theory at the National Art School, Sydney.

    1 November 2023 – 2 February 2024

  • Art Appreciation onlineThe substance of paint: Ralph Balson’s ‘Painting no 9’

    Term 3 lecture
    Presented by Georgina Cole

    Discover Ralph Balson, an English plumber and house painter who emigrated to Australia in 1913 and subsequently became a key member of Sydney’s artistic Avant-Garde. He is credited with having the first solo exhibition of purely abstract painting in Australia in 1941.

    Dr Georgina Cole explores the forms and meanings of Painting no.9 1959, a key work in his shift to a more painterly approach to abstraction.

    8 November 2023 – 9 February 2024

  • Art Appreciation onlineOn abstraction: time, space and aesthetics from art to architecture

    Term 3 lecture
    Presented by Anthony Burke

    Discover how the extremes of abstraction continue to inspire audiences, architects and artists today, starting with the abstract painting Houndstooth (horizontals) 1991 by Debra Dawes. This lecture will explore the proposition that it is the give and take across disciplines that has inspired some of the most enigmatic and powerful works of architecture and art in the modern cannon.  

    Anthony Burke is a professor of architecture at UTS and a presenter with the ABC TV, with over 25 years experience lecturing, publishing and exhibiting.

    15 November 2023 – 16 February 2024

  • Art Appreciation onlineMartin Sharp: a life in colour

    Term 3 lecture
    Presented by Joyce Morgan

    Explore the life and art of charismatic and eccentric artist Martin Sharp, Australia’s only internationally recognised pop artist. From swinging London to Sydney’s Yellow House, Sharp was at the epicentre of a cultural flowering and in many ways his art defines the heady spirit of the sixties.

    Joyce Morgan is a Sydney author. Her biography Martin Sharp: his life and times was longlisted for the Stella Prize.

    22 November 2023 – 23 February 2024

  • Art Appreciation onlineNatural forensics: Janet Laurence’s wunderkammern

    Term 3 lecture
    Presented by Molly Duggins

    This lecture will consider how Janet Laurence’s The memory of nature 2010 operates like a wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosities) for the Anthropocene age, and examine how Laurence’s vitrines, featuring the remains of once vibrant animal and plant matter, critically engage with the history of museum collection and display.

    Dr Molly Duggins is a lecturer in the Department of Art History and Theory at the National Art School, Sydney. 

    29 November 2023 – 1 March 2024

  • Art Appreciation onlineFrank Stella: from Khurasan to Manhattan

    Term 3 lecture
    Presented by Nicholas Chambers

    Frank Stella’s Khurasan Gate variation II 1970 is among the largest paintings in the Art Gallery’s collection and an emblematic example of mid-century New York abstraction. This lecture will consider Stella’s 1963 trip to Iran and explore the influence of ancient Persian art and architecture on his art of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

    Nicholas Chambers is senior curator of modern and contemporary international art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He was previously the Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh and curator of contemporary international art at QAG | GOMA, Brisbane.

    6 December 2023 – 8 March 2024

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