At five in the afternoon
12 July – 6 October 2014
Unlike many Abstract Expressionists, Robert Motherwell was an accomplished printmaker. He created 'painterly prints' with a spontaneity of gesture and freshness of expression rarely seen in this style before. The exhibition reveals how Motherwell created inventive collages and an imagery of gestural flourishes, and is drawn entirely from the Gallery's rich collection of his prints.
Robert Motherwell, Three figures 1989, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002 © Robert Motherwell/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy
Natori Shunsen's kabuki actor prints
19 July – 12 October 2014
Stars of the Tokyo stage: Natori Shunsen's kabuki actor prints reveals the dynamic world of Japan's kabuki theatre through superb actor portraits created by artist Natori Shunsen (1886–1960) in the 1920s and 30s. A selection of spectacular kabuki robes further illustrates the extravagance of the theatrical form.
Natori Shunsen Ichikawa Sadanji II as Narukami in ‘Narukami’ 1926 (detail)
from the series Collection of creative portraits by Shunsen woodblock print National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2006
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
Donations by Patrick Corrigan AM
15 August – 12 January 2015
Of the twenty-eight artists represented in the gift Corrigan acquired works by photographers whose careers were well-established as well as collecting emerging artists, who continue to acknowledge his goodwill and practical support at a critical time in their careers.
Patricia Piccinini Subset - green landscape 1997 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Pat Corrigan AM 2010 Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program © Patricia Piccinini
Agony and ecstasy
5 Sept – 9 Nov 2014
Arthur Boyd: Agony and Ecstasy is a major exhibition of Boyd's art including more than 100 works across diverse media: paintings, prints, drawings, ceramic tiles and sculptures, and tapestries. The show is not a retrospective but rather provides the opportunity to take a close look at a number of works that have never or rarely been previously exhibited.
Arthur Boyd Nebuchadnezzar making a cloud 1968 (detail) oil on canvas The Arthur Boyd Gift, 1975 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Lautrec, Degas, Daumier
8 November – 15 March 2015
Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier examines the major contribution to French art made by these three key figures. A generation apart, each was a consummate draughtsman whose innovative compositions and embrace of modern subject matter played a significant role in artistic developments in France over the nineteenth century.
Edgar Degas Mlle Bécat at the Café des Ambassadeurs [Mlle Bécat au Café des Ambassadeurs] 1877–78 lithograph, The Poynton Bequest 2005
13 December 2014 – 8 June 2015
This exhibition follows three highly successful shows throughout 2013—at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Guggenheim in New York. It brings together works from LACMA's tour, with spectacular installations purpose-built for Canberra, drawings, prints and photographs. This is contemporary art like you've never seen before and promises an experience not to be missed.
James Turrell After green 1993 Wedgework: fluorescent, LED and fibre-optic lights
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra © James Turrell