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From Here, for Now

Aerial view of a dusty field with cattle being rounded up towards a few trees

Rosemary Laing third day of a five day muster 2003, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Rosemary Laing

Presents works by Australian and international artists from the Art Gallery’s collection, exploring interrelated themes relevant to our current moment

From Here, for Now

5 November 2022 – 12 February 2023

Art Gallery of New South Wales

South Building

Lower level 2

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From Here, for Now begins with Australia’s outback as a signifier of national identity, connecting this with American stereotypes of outsiders, and hidden histories, through works by Charlene Carrington, Rosemary Laing, Robert Macpherson, Richard Prince and Kaylene Whiskey.

Personal identity is explored in the diary-like art of Ghada Amer, Tracey Emin, Sally M Nangala Mulda, Nell and Jenny Watson, highlighting the political in everyday experiences, while the human body and selfhood are examined in works by Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Giacometti, Antony Gormley, Janet Laurence, Mike Parr and Pablo Picasso.

Works by Vernon Ah Kee, Marco Fusinato and Ai Weiwei convey both political urgency and a lack of agency, while a collaborative work by Marion Gaemers, Lynnette Griffiths, Florence Gutchen, Racy Oui-Pitt and Ellarose Savage from the Torres Strait Islands is a powerful lament for our environment.

Words are employed to direct effect in works by Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Raquel Ormella, and Richard Tipping, which use the language of commercial signage, protest banners and road signs to grab and hold our attention.

From Here, for Now in the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ historic South Building also features two new art commissions for the Sydney Modern Project: Simryn Gill’s major work Clearing, responding to elements of the natural history of the site, and Richard Lewer’s suite of drawings which, along with his multi-panel painting in the new building, record some of the individuals involved in constructing the expanded campus.

The dates for this exhibition have changed, and parts of the exhibition will open after 5 November 2022. The Art Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

Two rubbings of parts of a plant, one in reddish tones and the other in brownish tones

Simryn Gill Clearing 2020–22 (details), commissioned for the Sydney Modern Project at the Art Gallery of New South Wales © Simryn Gill

An abstract painting of a person lying on a flat couch with a cushion in front of a window

Pablo Picasso Woman lying on a couch (Dora Maar) 1939, The Lewis Collection © Pablo Picasso/Succession Pablo Picasso

Two people in a room surrounded by many objects

Kaylene Whiskey Dolly visits Indulkana 2020, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Kaylene Whiskey

A person rides a horse across bare gound with large white clouds behind

Richard Prince Untitled (cowboy) 1980–89, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Richard Prince

A figure lies on the ground with large pink wings extending upwards. There are topsy-turvy letters that spell 'wings of desire'

Jenny Watson Wings of desire 1 1989, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Jenny Watson