Be seduced into a world of power, passion and luxury this summer. This sumptuous exhibition is a once in a lifetime chance to see and experience here in Australia a mesmerising period in French history. Included are more than 130 paintings, intricate tapestries, gilded furniture, monumental statues and other objects from the royal gardens, as well as personal items from Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette.
The photographs of Diane Arbus (1923–1971) are powerful allegories of postwar America. Once seen they are rarely forgotten. Contemporary audiences found the way that Arbus approached the genre of portraiture confronting and her work continues to polarise opinion. The images raise difficult, uncomfortable questions concerning the intent of the photographer.
Mike Parr is one of Australia's most provocative and influential artists. This is the first exhibition to bring together works in all media across Parr's voraciously experimental practice from 1970 to the present, including performance, film, sculpture and photography.
Mike Parr (artist) Paul Green (photographer) The Sickness Unto Death (detail) Sydney, 2015, image courtesy of the artist
This powerful exhibition addresses wartime propaganda, front-line experience and remembrance through paintings, drawings and prints by Official War Artists, combatants and women. It also features a special focus on the remarkable artist Will Dyson.
George Coates Australian official war artists
1916-1918 1920, oil on canvas,
Australian War Memorial
Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking. This exhibition showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.
Frank Stella Feneralia from the Imaginary places series 1994–97, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, gift of Kenneth Tyler 2002
Mud men is a new installation by artist Ramesh Nithiyendran featuring five large-scale ceramic sculptures, commissioned specifically for the NGA. Built on an attitude of agitation, and ostentatious in style, the sculptures appear to strut and shout.
Ramesh Nithiyendran with his installation Mud men 2016. Works left to right: Pewter deity, Self-portrait with third leg 2, Snake tower, Big idol, Elephant man
Heather B. Swann's Nervous is live performance and art installation, creating a multidisciplinary arts experience of intense emotional states. The dramatic installation of sculptures evokes playfulness, poetic inspiration, contemplation and an unsettling surreality.
Heather B. Swann Banksia Men (detail) 2016 © Heather B. Swann, collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Dr Christine Annette Lunam Bequest through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2016