in recent American landscape photography
12 January – 13 July 2015
The United States' great wilderness areas have always had an important place the imaginative life of the American people. A number of major contemporary photographers in the collection including Robert Adams, Frank Gohlke, Mark Ruwedel and Mark Klett make images which engage critically with this myth of unspoilt nature.
Mark Klett, Around Toroweap Point just before and after sundown beginning and ending with views used by J.K. Hillers over one hundred years earlier, Grand Canyon 1986, comprising 5 photographs, Purchased 2000 (Detail)
2 August – April 2015
Alive and Spirited is the latest exhibition now on show in the Children's Gallery. It explores the important role of mythical beings in Aboriginal society; these exquisite works of art are the tangible evidence of the spiritual realm.
Christopher Pease Hunting party, 2003, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2004 (Detail)
3 April – 30 August 2015
This is the first exhibition dedicated to a significant aspect of recent Australian art: the handcoloured photograph. It draws together new acquisitions and rarely seen works from the collection by Micky Allan, Ruth Maddison, Warren Breninger, Julie Rrap, Janina Green, Christine Barry, Fiona Hall, Miriam Stannage, Robyn Stacey, Nici Cumpston, Lyndell Brown, Charles Green and Jon Cattapan.
Robyn Stacey Untitled 1985–87, gelatin silver photograph, colour dye. Courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney (Detail)
contemporary print culture
1 May – 7 August 2015
This eclectic selection of works embraces print in a dizzying array of forms: moving image and digital print, 'found' works cut from magazines, pieces that journal the passing of days and volumes revealing print's link with idea, word and story. Drawn from the gallery's collection, the assembled works are inquiring, anarchic, gentle and joyful. They reveal Australian print culture as an art form and a cultural phenomenon always restless and forever in flux.
Minna Gilligan Different drum digital print, printed in colour inks, from one digital file on un-stretched fabric Gordon Darling Australia Pacific Print Fund, 2014 (Detail)
22 May – 23 August 2015
A tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and the victory of good over evil, the Ramayana is one of the world's great epics. The story of Rama: Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi illustrates key moments from the narrative through one hundred and one paintings. Spanning the 17th – 19th centuries, the works present a rich diversity of Indian painting.
Guler style, Pahari The great battle between Rama and Ravana c 1780, opaque watercolour on paper, National Museum, New Delhi (Detail)
art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
7 August – 1 November 2015
This exhibition is a rare opportunity to encounter masterpieces from the Sepik River, selected from Australian collections and the National Museum and Art Gallery of Papua New Guinea. Myth + magic features remarkable sculptures, masks and other objects made for ritual and performance, works of art that speak of a time and place where spirits and ancestors were integral to daily life.
Papua New Guinea, East Sepik Province, 'Malu' plaque 19th century wood, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra purchased 1977 (Detail)