Feast on Art. America: Painting a Nation at the Art Gallery NSW

Feast on Art. America: Painting a Nation at the Art Gallery NSW
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Feast on Art. America: Painting a Nation at the Art Gallery NSW. If you have the chance, don’t miss these events, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere!


Jackson Pollock No 22 1950 (detail)

America: painting a nation.

Until 9 Feb 2014.

This is the most expansive survey of American painting ever presented in Australia. With over 80 works, ranging from 1750 to 1966, the exhibition covers more than 200 years of American art, history and experience. Stunning works by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Georgia O’Keeffe, James McNeil Whistler, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and John Singer Sargent are included.

Open daily 10am – 5pm.

Tickets available at the Gallery or online.

Art After Hours.

Wednesdays until 10pm from 8 Jan.

Enjoy an unbeatable fusion of art, talks, performances, live music, pop-up bar, food and films.

Highlight night 29 Jan – Good old-fashioned American fun with 2 for 1 exhibition tickets. Pull on your cowboy boots for a night of boot scootin’, country music, dude food and the chance to perfect your American twang. And the Gallery restaurant is open in the guise of an American diner.

Full program.

Epic America film series.

Until 9 Feb – free.

Screening in conjunction with the exhibition America: painting a nation, this series presents a cinematic journey through America’s history, from slavery to the ‘wild west’, the Civil War, mass immigration, the Great Depression and the postwar era.

Full program.

Family fun.

Check out the kid’s zone for interactive family fun, pick up a free activity trail or hire an audio guide especially for kids. Enjoy an exciting range of holiday programs for children and adults, including workshops, tours and free performances.

Full program:

Yirrkala drawings.

Until 23 Feb – free.

In 1947, senior ceremonial leaders at Yirrkala in north-east Arnhem Land produced hundreds of vibrant crayon drawings on paper for the anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt, which are now held at the Berndt Museum of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia. This exhibition presents 81 drawings and is the first time that a significant selection of the Yirrkala drawings collection has been displayed. In an unexpected palette of brilliant red, blue, yellow, green and black, they depict in exquisite detail the complexities of Yolngu life and cultural inheritance.


Until 27 Jan – free.

This immersive installation in the form of a mission home, created with paper, light and sound, explores stories and ideas of home and housing, culture and community. An initiative of the Goomeroi people from Toomelah and Boggabilla in northwest NSW, Illuminate draws on their history, experiences and intergenerational relationships.

Still life.

Until 19 Jan – free.

Featuring some of Australia’s most famous and popular artists, this exhibition of 25 works from the Gallery’s collection charts the continuous development of the still life in Australian art.

Ian Milliss and Lucas Ihlein: The Yeomans Project.

Until 27 Jan – free.

This contemporary project looks at art as an entirely utilitarian enterprise – one that proposes new, creative and sustainable ways of working with the land. Milliss and Ihlein have collected together writings, images, documentary films and educational videos and will host a series of conversations in the exhibition to illustrate Yeomans’ philosophy and design innovations.

Joy before the object.

Until 2 Feb – free

This exhibition displays works that capture the history and complexity of object photography. It explores the nature of the object and the variety of ways in which artists have rendered things photographically and shaped our perception of the material world.

Soul of simplicity: seven centuries of Korean ceramics.

Until 21 April – free.

This display focuses on the two major periods in the development of Korean ceramics: the Goryeo (918-1392) and Joseon (1392-1897) dynasties. The 38 objects reflect a uniquely Korean aesthetic sensibility from the 12th to the 19th centuries.

Brett Whiteley: nature.

Until 18 May – free.

At the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills, which re-opens 2 Jan.

Whiteley redefined the way we see the Australian landscape, becoming one of our most celebrated 20th-century painters with his interpretations and moods of the countryside. This new exhibition showcases 47 of Whiteley’s landscapes.

Opening hours:

Art Gallery of NSW.

Open daily (except Christmas Day) 10am – 5pm. Wednesdays until 10 pm from 8 Jan 2014.

Brett Whiteley Studio.

Open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 10am – 4pm from 2 Jan 2014. Open to booked education groups Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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