Vale: Malick Sidibé

We remember the late photographer Malick Sidibé (1936–2016) with our previous post when the Gallery acquired a group of photographs taken soon after independence was declared in the north-west African country of Mali.  

Vale: Huang Zhuan

We have been saddened to learn of the passing of the art historian, critic and curator Huang Zhuan (1958–2016), who worked with the Gallery on the curatorial team for Beyond the Future, the 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary (APT3) in 1999. Huang was an important observer and organiser in the field of contemporary Chinese…

Vale: Judy Cassab

The Gallery acknowledges the recent passing of Judy Cassab (15 August 1920 – 3 November 2015), one of Australia’s much loved and respected artists and best known for being the first woman to twice win the prestigious Archibald portrait prize. Judy Cassab was born in 1920 in Vienna of Hungarian parents. She studied in Budapest…

Vale: Robert Dickerson

The Gallery acknowledges the recent passing of Robert Dickerson (30 March 1924 – 18 October 2015), one of Australia’s best known artists and a unique artistic personality. Robert Dickerson was a distinguished Australian artist whose long standing commitment to his art was widely acknowledged throughout Australia. Born in Sydney, Dickerson had an unconventional path as…

Vale: Ray Crooke AO

The Gallery acknowledges the passing of Ray Crooke AO (12 July 1922–5 December 2015), and we pause to reflect on his unique vision, particularly of the tropical north of Queensland, and celebrate his extraordinary contribution to Australian art. Crooke was a romantic-realist artist whose images emerged from an acute and highly sensitive observation of the…

Vale: Gordon Darling, AC CMG

In late August, Australia and particularly Australian art lost a national force for good. Gordon Darling was a towering philanthropist, a determined and pioneering chairman of national arts organisations, an astute advocate for development of the arts, and an assiduous collector and generous donor. The breadth and vision of Gordon’s passion and generosity touched this Gallery, as it did cultural institutions large…