Exhibitions that closed in 2003

Alex Gawronski: Reanimator
A new installation by contemporary artist Alex Gawronski. It uses live video and model trains to explore ideas about speed and cinema, technology and time.
9 August - 28 September 2003


American Beauty
An exhibition that examines the twin obsessions of American photography: the belief in the possibility of showing the 'truth' through the photograph and the fascination with the depiction of pure form. Features works by Edward Weston, Walker Evans, Alfred Stieglitz, Weegee, Nan Goldin and Robert Mapplethorpe
5 June - 27 July 2003


Anxious Bodies
The contemporary photo-artists in this exhibition, Pat Brassington, Jane Burton and Jane Eisemann, all use the body in their work to explore the erotics of the gaze.
29 March - 18 May 2003


Archibald Wynne & Sulman Prizes 2003
The Archibald Prize for portrait painting is one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious art awards. The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture, by an Australian artist. The Sir John Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting or genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist.
22 March - 25 May 2003


An exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the Higher School examination in Visual Arts, 2002.
7 February - 6 April 2003


Australian Photographic Portrait Prize
A new prize, held in conjunction with the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes, to promote contemporary portrait photography and excellence in all forms of still photo-based art.
22 March - 25 May 2003


Charles Conder
A major retrospective exhibition of the Australian painter Charles Conder (1868-1909), who shared 'golden summers' with Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton, was sketched by Toulouse-Lautrec in the Moulin Rouge, and was befriended by Oscar Wilde and Charles Sickert in London.
14 June - 17 August 2003


David Moore 1927-2003
An exhibition paying tribute to the major Australian photographer, David Moore
15 February - 16 March 2003


Dobell Prize for Drawing 2003
The most important drawing prize in Australia. It was established in 1993 as an initiative of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation to encourage excellence in drawing and draughtsmanship. Supplementing the annual competition exhibition will be an exhibition commemorating the first ten years of the Prize.
12 September - 30 November 2003


Ernesto Neto
A new sculptural installation by the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto.
26 July 2002 - 12 January 2003


Igor and Svetlana Kopystiansky
A video work filmed on the streets of Chelsea in New York where the artists have a studio. Taken over several years, this video documents rubbish being blown about the streets on windy days. This simple and even banal subject matter is transformed through the close observation that the camera allows.
24 May - 27 July 2003


It's a Beautiful Day
An exhibition that looks at the continuing concern with pictorial representation in contemporary Australian painting. Includes works by Peter Booth, Tim Maguire, Julie Dowling and Vivienne Shark LeWitt.
23 November 2002 - 9 February 2003


James Gleeson Drawings
This exhibition honours Australia's premier surrealist, James Gleeson. Now in his 88th year, Gleeson has produced a formidable body of drawings and paintings that explore the reaches of his unique imagination.
12 April - 15 June 2003


Parallel Visions
An exhibition exploring the associations, both personal and professional, between some of the best-loved Australian artists in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
22 February 2002 - 11 May 2003


Picasso: The Last Decades
This exhibition surveys the astonishing achievement of Pablo Picasso between the ages of 71 and 91. More than eighty paintings, drawings and prints have been selected from public and private collections in Europe, Japan, the USA and Australia.
9 November 2002 - 16 February 2003


Pumpuni Jilamara: Tiwi Art
An exhibition of art of the Indigenous people of Melville and Bathurst Islands, off the north coast of Australia: the Tiwi people.
29 June 2002 - 5 January 2003


SEASONS: Japanese Art
Presents some of the finest examples of Japanese art from the 15th to the early 20th century. Drawn from public and private collections around Japan, the exhibition demonstrates the profound Japanese love and appreciation of nature.
16 August - 26 October 2003 (except 22-25 September)


Sottovoce by Dennis Del Favero
A video installation recounting the events leading to a terrorist attack at Oxford University. The title (meaning "in a barely audible voice, a whisper") alludes to the whispered and haunting nature of the voice-over.
30 November 2002 - 19 January 2003


Still Life
The first in a five year programme of contemporary and historic exhibitions, commissions and acquisitions, funded by the Balnaves Foundation, that present sculpture and objects by Australian and international artists. Features the work of 5 Australian artists - Emily Floyd, Mikala Dwyer, Ronnie van Hout, James Angus and Ricky Swallow.
6 September - 2 November 2003


Susan Norrie: Undertow
A video installation by contemporary Australian artist, Susan Norrie. Undertow portrays the world in a state of both beauty and terror, shuddering with natural and unnatural events, which verge on the catastrophic.
22 July - 12 October 2003


The Arts of Islam: Treasures from Kuwait
An exhibition of Islamic art from the al-Sabah Collection formed by the members of the Kuwait Royal Family. Including jewel-encrusted objects, rare ceramics and finely detailed miniature paintings and calligraphy.
30 November 2002 - 27 January 2003


The James Fairfax Collection
An exhibition featuring the James Fairfax collection of European Old Masters. Includes works by Titian, David, Rubens, Dürer, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Delacroix and Géricault.
17 April - 20 July 2003


Tracey Emin
British contemporary artist Tracey Emin produces confrontational, revealing and autobiographical work. This exhibition includes a selection of her appliqued blankets, drawings and video work.
1 February - 23 March 2003


True Stories
An exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art from the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Includes works by Rover Thomas, Queenie McKenzie, Rusty Peters and Paddy Bedford.
11 January - 27 April 2003


Untitled: Abstraction
A focused selection of Australian abstraction from the last two decades. The exhibition takes as points of departure geometric, colour field and minimal art, though these categories are often left far behind.
28 June - 31 August 2003


Nineteenth Century Australian watercolours, drawings and pastels
Fourth in a series of exhibitions devoted to the Gallery's permanent collection of Australian works, on paper accompanied by a fully illustrated book. Includes work by John Lewin, Conrad Martens, John Skinner Prout, Eugene von Guerard, Louis Buvelot, Tom Roberts and John Russell.
6 April - 24 July 2005