Highlight: The Americans

Walker Evans American Photographs and Robert Frank The Americans, two of the most important and influential North American photography books were recently acquired for the Gallery’s Research Library Collection with the generous support of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. In 1938, New York’s Museum of Modern Art held ‘Walker Evans: American Photographs’, the first solo exhibition of…

Ever Present

The speed with which photography spread across the globe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries would change how the world was perceived and recorded forever. Our new exhibition explores the Gallery’s holdings of historical photography, from its earliest works by unknown artists to those of the twentieth-century masters. Here everything returns upon itself,…

‘Of chaos and bits and pieces’ Ruth Stoneley’s memory quilt

Since the 1970s, quilting and other traditional art forms have regained popularity in Australia. Complementing the ‘Quilts 1700–1945’ exhibition, the Gallery presents ‘Ruth Stoneley: A Stitch in Time’, a selection of textile works by this Queensland artist. Annette Brown writes on Stoneley’s exquisite memory quilt. For visual arts practitioners of the late twentieth and early…

Popular Prints and Patchwork in 18th – 19th century Britain

In his political sonnet England in 1819 the English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) described King George III (1738-1820) as “an old, mad, blind, despised and dying king”. Working some 20 years prior the unknown maker of the patchwork Coverlet with King George III Reviewing the Troops 1803-05, held a very different, although no…

Highlight: Yael Bartana ‘The Missing Negatives’

The Gallery recently acquired this subtle yet powerful work by Yael Bartana, whose statements on the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians have come to characterise her practice. Yael Bartana uses photography and video to explore Jewish identity. Born in Afular, Israel, in 1970, to whom she describes as very Zionist parents,(1) Bartana characterises herself as…

Celebrating 15 years of children’s exhibitions

On Friday 26 July, the Gallery’s Children’s Art Centre marks 15 years of presenting exhibitions for children and families with our current exhibition ‘Gordon Hookey: Kangaroo Crew’. Here are some of the highlights of what has become an extensive and important part of the Gallery’s programming. It is extraordinary to consider that more than two…