This year’s annual conference of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand begins this Friday at the National Gallery of Australia. The conference coincides with the major international exhibition French Paintings from the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. As such one of the main themes Reflections on French painting will address the complex history of French art, and the artists that helped to create its reputation.
The National Gallery of Australia will this Friday, 14 October 2003, host the seventh Ian Burn Memorial Lecture as a highlight of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (aaANZ) Annual Conference.
Harold Mitchell, Chairman and CEO of Mitchell and Partners, delivered the 702 ABC SYDNEY Andrew Olle Media Lecture for 2003 to a full house in the Ballroom of the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre on October 24th.
The National Gallery of Australia today announced that it will remove entry fees to paid major temporary exhibitions for visitors under the age of 16 years. Previously visitors under the age of 16 were required to pay the concessional entry fee for such exhibitions.
In May 2003 the National Gallery of Australia established an annual fundraising appeal - Masterpieces for the Nation Fund – to grow the existing support for the Gallery’s acquisition and exhibitions programs. To date the fund has received contributions from more than 100 supporters, and William Robinson’s Creation landscape – fountains of the earth 2002 is the initial work purchased with this assistance.
Sweet Home: works from the Peter Fay Collection
11 October 2003 – 18 January 2004
To enter into the Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay Collection at the National Gallery of Australia is to enter into a sense of adventure. This exciting show of predominantly Australian and New Zealand contemporary art provides the opportunity for new ways of thinking about inventive displays and approaches to collecting art.
David Malouf AO will launch a new publication At Home in Australia by acclaimed expatriate Australian writer and cultural critic Peter Conrad at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra at 12 noon tomorrow (Friday 10 October 2003).
The National Gallery of Australia’s major summer exhibition, French Paintings from the Musée Fabre, Montpellier, opens on 5 November 2003. The show covers three centuries of French painting from the golden age in the seventeenth century to the rise of Impressionism in the late nineteenth century, drawing exclusively from the holdings of this renowned French museum.
Join us from 12pm to 3pm on Sunday 28 September 2003, as the National Gallery of Australia celebrates childhood, creativity and the arts. Focusing on the national collection and special exhibitions, the Children’s Festival will feature a range of activities designed to encourage children and their families to engage with the world of visual art.
image: screenprints of Andy Warhol
6 September 2003 – 1 February 2004
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is the foremost figure in the Pop Art movement, taking his themes from the famous, the shocking, the routine and the everyday. This included celebrity icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Mick Jagger, Chairman Mao, and Muhammad Ali - along with products in our daily lives, such as the humble can of Campbell’s soup. These subjects are all featured in After Image: Screenprints of Andy Warhol, an exhibition of some 80 screenprints drawn principally from the National Gallery of Auistralia’s rich holdings of Warhol.
In the 20th-anniversary year of the National Gallery of Australia, the 5 millionth visitor to an NGA travelling exhibition is Mr Brenton Niemz at the Riddoch Art Gallery in Mount Gambier, South Australia.
On Monday 7th July 2003, the Chairman of the Mer (Murray Island) Council, Mr Ron Day will oversee the blessing of a rare 19th-century carved stone shark at the National Gallery of Australia. The National Gallery successfully bid at an international auction last year to secure the return of the Mer (Murray Island) stone shark.
two centuries of Indigenous objects, textiles and fibre
7 June – 28 September 2003
Tactility: two centuries of Indigenous objects, textiles and fibre showcases the brilliance and diversity of Indigenous cultural art practices and predominantly features works of art from the National Gallery of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection.
The National Gallery of Australia and Macquarie Bank today announced Brisbane-based artist Terry Summers as the winner of the People’s Choice award for the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition 2003.
The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) has received the findings of the Wray Report into the actions taken by the NGA to address recommendations from two previous Comcare investigations.
The National Gallery has received the report of the Comcare investigator, Mr. Robert Wray.
The National Gallery of Australia celebrates its 20th anniversary with 'Building the Collection', a book that explores the development and evolution of the national collection of art.
A concert series of French chamber music presented by the National Gallery of Australia featuring artists from Stopera.
In collaboration with the National Gallery of Australia and Currency Press, the Australian National Playwrights Conference will celebrate the life and work of an outstanding and inspirational playwright.
Cost: $15; Members/ANPC Guests/ Concessions $10
The National Gallery of Australia was among the ACT winners in the 2002 National Tourism Awards. At the ceremony held in Adelaide on Friday 22 February the Gallery won the award for best Major Event and Festival for the highly successful Monet & Japan exhibition held at the Gallery in 2001.
All galleries recently closed to the public by Comcare, the Commonwealth agency responsible for workplace safety, are now open.
spread of time: the photography of David Moore
25 January - 25 May 2003
David Moore, Australia’s most renowned and widely travelled photojournalist, died aged 75 on 23 January 2003, two days before the opening of his retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia. His extraordinary and meticulously catalogued archive covers both his homeland and the many countries and subjects he has visited over a sixty year career.
The Spread of Time: The photography of David Moore opened at the Gallery on the Australia Day long weekend and celebrates Moore’s achievements and rich legacy.
The National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition has been established as a partnership between the National Gallery of Australia and Macquarie Bank. Its aim is to promote and support sculpture in Australia and to recognise outstanding works.
Hill / Bruce Nauman
International new media aArt
14 December 2002 - 9 March 2003
In the 1960s a generation of American artists began to explore new technologies of the moving image. Working with film and video, artists such as Bruce Nauman and Gary Hill created elaborate installations of video and sound, using monitors and projected images in large exhibition spaces. Gary Hill / Bruce Nauman: International New Media Art, the first exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia to focus on New Media art, shows a broad selection of works from two American artists who have been central to this most contemporary of art movements.
Over the next year, some of the National Gallery of Australia’s most treasured works of art will be exhibited across the nation as part of its twentieth anniversary celebrations.
The works include Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series, Andy Warhol’s Elvis, Peter Paul Ruben’s Self-portrait, Claude Monet’s Haystacks, Midday, Henri Matisse’s The Abduction of Europa, Willem De Kooning’s Woman V, Lucian Freud’s After Cézanne, Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles, Arthur Streeton’s Golden Summer, Eaglemont and Eugene von Guérard’s North-east View from the Northern Top of Mount Kosciusko and Ferntree Gully in the Dandenong Ranges.
6pm Friday 22 November
Followed by exhibition viewing until 8pm
James O. Fairfax Theatre and Project Gallery
Free Evening Lecture to coincide with the National Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibition Seeing the Centre: The art of Albert Namatjira 1902-1959
Senator Aden Ridgeway will examine important insights and stimulate renewed debate on copyright and intellectual property issues for the arts, particularly in context of the life and work of Albert Namatjira. Senator Ridgeway's political and personal experiences of Indigenous issues, and his passionate interest in the arts, will be reflected in his lecture.
Aden Ridgeway, Australian Democrats Senator for NSW, was born in Macksville in northern NSW and is from the Gumbayngirr people of that area. He was educated at St John's College, Woodlawn, in Lismore. He was a member of both Indigenous Native Title negotiating teams following the Mabo and Wik decisions and was a member of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation for its last two years.
As part of the National Gallery of Australia's 20th birthday celebrations detailed information about the Gallery's collections of paintings and sculptures by European and American artists - more than 400 works of art - is to be published at nga.gov.au/international.
Albert Namatjira (1902-1959) is one of Australia's best known artists, whose landscape paintings have become iconic images synonymous with the Australian outback. His paintings are expressions of his personal relationship with The Centre, in particular, Western Aranda (Arrernte) country to which he was spiritually bound. Namatjira's distinctive deep blue and purple shadows of Mount Hermannsburg, the iron red of Standley Chasm and Glen Helen Gorge, the gnarled white trunks of ghost gums and river red gums have etched their way into the Australian psyche.
National Gallery of Australia
20th birthday open day
Saturday 5 October 2002
The National Gallery of Australia will come alive on 5 October to celebrate 20 years of the Gallery on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin. The Open Day sponsored by Qantas will be the key event in several weeks of celebrations marking this important milestone.
Two special exhibitions mounted to coincide with the birthday will be free on the Open Day (normally $10, $7). Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles an important exhibition of Pollock's work and marks 50 years since the painting of Blue Poles. This exhibition coincides with a major exhibition of work involving master printer Ken Tyler, The Big Americans: Albers, Frankenthaler, Hockney, Johns, Lichtenstein, Motherwell, Rauschenberg, Stella.
Two other special exhibitions will be available to the public: Seeing the Centre: The Art of Albert Namatjira and Colour + Concept: International colour photography. A focus exhibition on the architecture of the Gallery will also be a feature of the celebrations.
The National Gallery of Australia wishes to announce that, in association with its 20th birthday celebrations, it will travel across Australia a selection of major iconic works from the Gallery's collection.
The Gallery intends to extend its birthday celebrations outside Canberra and take major works of art to every Australian State and Territory. The Gallery has selected a minimum of two galleries in each State and Territory and invited them to choose from a list of 20 works of art which work they wish to borrow to celebrate the opening of the National Gallery on 12 October 1982.
Gallery celebrates 20th anniversary
On 3 October 2002 the celebrations begin. Three major exhibitions will open at a midday preview on Thursday 3 October: Seeing the Centre: The Art of Albert Namatjira (5 October - 19 January 2003), Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles and The Big Americans: Albers, Frankenthaler, Hockney, Johns, Lichtenstein, Motherwell, Rauschenberg, Stella, (4 October - 27 January 2003). A focus exhibition on the architecture of the Gallery will also be a feature of these celebrations.
Pollock's Blue Poles
4 October 2002-27 January 2003
With a substantial proportion of works on paper from between 1937 and 1952, the exhibition offers an intimate yet broad view of Pollock's art leading up to the creation of Blue Poles. It also traces some of the most poignant moments in the career of this complex artist: efforts to master draftsmanship; parallels with the work of artists such as Picasso, Mexican muralist, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco, and native American art; influence of environment upon the development of style, and of mentors Thomas Hart Benton and John Graham; struggle with emotional difficulties and the challenge of alcohol dependency.
Albers, Frankenthaler, Hockney, Johns, Lichtenstein, Motherwell, Rauschenberg, Stella
4 October - 27 January 2003
What happens when a talented artist experiences the creative environment of a Kenneth Tyler print workshop? The National Gallery of Australia's major collection of editioned original prints, unique proofs, screens, paperworks, illustrated books and multiples produced at the various Tyler workshops from the 1960s to the present day by a select group of artists answers this question. These works document the extraordinary story of artist and printer collaboration in postwar America.
Africa: kings and chiefs
3 August 2002 - 12 January 2003
Royal Africa: Kings and Chiefs is designed to appeal to the sense of wonder, mystery and discovery in all of us, not only children. Objects produced for rulers everywhere in the world are about the prestige and glory of the ruler. In Africa the relationship of king or chief with his people and the gods is often reflected in the art displayed on ceremonial occasions. The beauty and rarity of the objects in Royal Africa will fascinate everyone, adult or child.
This exhibition of 30 objects, drawn almost entirely from the National Gallery of Australia's collection, presents an aspect of Africa that very few know about - the wealthy and powerful kingdoms that existed long before colonial times and that, in some cases, still continue today.
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