at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
“I’m delighted to announce our 2013 exhibition program, my first as director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. It’s an exciting schedule, ranging from Old Master drawings and Chinese archaeology to the art of our own time, a period in which we can claim to be the national leader.
“The year begins with a contemporary journey through love’s emotional language – joy, elation, longing, loss, melancholia and memory – with works by eleven Australian artists. In the middle of the year we’ll present our major Australian exhibition, Sydney Moderns, highlighting the complex world of early Australian modernism as it took Sydney by storm between the two world wars. I’m also very pleased to announce an outstanding Chinese exhibition, A Silk Road saga, which uses the Gallery’s international reputation in this field to bring to Australia a sixth-century CE white marble sarcophagus only excavated in 1999. Our photography shows include Bill Henson: cloud landscapes and the fashion photography of Helmut Newton and Bettina Rheims, and around the same time we will have the Anne Landa Award for video and new media.
“With respect to our continuing focus on Aboriginal art, highlights of 2013 will include a unique group of Yirrkala drawings from the 1940s and a special exhibition of works from southeast Australia, spanning well over a century.
“Lastly, I am especially looking forward
to our Spanish prints and drawings: Renaissance to Goya
exhibition, which will bring together 130 exceptional drawings
and prints from the British Museum in London, and for which the
Gallery will be the only venue in Australia.”
Michael Brand, director, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Soul of simplicity - Seven centuries of Korean ceramics
In response to the increased interest in Korean art in culture, a special exhibition – Soul of simplicity: seven centuries of Korean ceramics – will open on 8 February 2013 to coincide with the start of the seollal festivities, or Lunar New Year in Korea.
Afghanistan: hidden treasures from the National Museum, Kabul
In 1978 Russian archaeologist Viktor Sarianidi unearthed tombs of ancient nomads that had been sealed for two thousand years at Tillya Tepe in northern Afghanistan . Inside the tombs they discovered the remains of six Bactrian Central Asian nomads, and buried with them was an extraordinary treasure trove: about 22,000 individual pieces of gold - the Bactrian Hoard, Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul is at the Queensland Museum, Southbank, from 5 September 2013. Opens at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2014
fashion of Helmut Newton and Bettina Rheims
Over 50 works by two iconic fashion photographers from the Gallery’s photography collection. Despite the generation difference, both photographers explored the construction of gender identity through their photography. They challenged the conventional representations of women, but also – particularly in Rheims’ case – men. 9 Feb – 19 May 2013. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Admission Free
We used to talk about love
Balnaves contemporary: photomedia
Eleven contemporary artists explore the emotions of love. We used to talk about love features major and often confronting work by 11 contemporary Australian artists from around the world who explore the emotions of love, the pleasures of the flesh, and the wistful nostalgia of recollection. 'All the pictures and moving images are marked by an overwhelming sense of intimacy, yet despite the title, there is not a single love heart in this exhibition,’ says curator Natasha Bullock. 31 Jan – 21 Apr 2013
Brett Whiteley: The London years 1960-67
‘All the paintings I have made in the last four years have been concerned one way or another with sex and the desire to record sensual behaviour.’
Brett Whiteley, London 1964. A new Brett Whiteley exhibition, The London years, brings together 56 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures from when he was living in London in the 1960s as a prodigious young talent in his twenties. Some of these works are from Wendy Whiteley’s collection and have not been seen before.