Exhibitions that closed in 2010

17th Biennale of Sydney
As part of the 17th Biennale of Sydney, THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, directed by David Elliott, the Gallery presents works by seven leading artists from Asia: Makoto Aida, Liu Jianhua, Wang Qingsong, Raqib Shaw, Hisashi Tenmyouya, Jennifer Wen Ma and Akira Yamaguchi.
12 May - 1 August 2010


40 years: Kaldor Public Art Projects
2009 is the 40th anniversary of Christo's wrapping of Little Bay. It was the very first Kaldor project and over the years the artists and curators Kaldor brought to Australia marked the most ambitious exposure of Australian audiences to international contemporary art. This exhibition and catalogue celebrates this history and launches its next phase.
2 October 2009 - 14 February 2010


6 photographers
In 1955 six Australian photographers (Gordon Andrews, Max Dupain, Kerry Dundas, Hal Missingham, Axel Poignant and David Potts) presented an exhibition in Sydney that represented a shift from the traditions of the past to the recording of contemporary life.
5 December 2009 � 7 March 2010


Alfred Stieglitz: the Lake George years
Lake George was where Alfred Stieglitz conceived the Equivalents, possibly the most visionary works to exist in the photographic medium, spawning the era of 'straight' photography worldwide. This is the first exhibition of Stieglitz photographs ever held in Australia.
17 June � 5 September 2010


Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2010
The Archibald Prize is one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious art awards. JF Archibald's primary aims were to foster portraiture, support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians.
27 March - 30 May 2010


A dynamic and popular exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts, 2009.
18 February - 9 May 2010


Colour, rhythm, design
This exhibition brings together colourful, boldly designed woodcuts and linocuts from the 1920s and 30s in the Gallery's collection by such leading Australian artists as Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Adelaide Perry, Dorrit Black, Ethel Spowers, Mabel Pye and others.
13 March - 11 July 2010


Contemporary collection
This display of works from the collection incorporates the diversity of contemporary practice across photography, video, painting and sculpture.
2 October 2009 - 14 February 2010


Dadang Christanto: They give evidence 2010
A reprise of the confronting and moving, larger-than-life sculptures of human suffering by Dadang Christanto, first seen here at the launch of the new Asian galleries in 2003.
27 May - 18 July 2010


David to C�zanne: master drawings from the Prat Collection, Paris
An in-depth exploration of the development of French art over the 19th century through drawings by David, Ingres, G�ricault, Delacroix, Millet, Manet, Degas, Moreau, Seurat, C�zanne and others.
22 September - 5 December 2010


Dobell Prize for Drawing 2009
The Dobell Prize is the most respected award for drawing in Australia. Initiated by the trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, the prize was first awarded in 1993. The winner now receives $25,000.
6 November 2009 - 31 January 2010


East meets West: from the archive of Flora Beresford
Australian artist Flora Beresford, who was an art student in Sydney in the 1930s, lived for 30 years in India. Her fascinating watercolours, based on the ancient Chinese oracle, Book of Changes, the Tarot and traditional Indian spirituality, trace the impact of esoteric thought and art on an artist trained in the vitalist tradition of Rayner Hoff.
8 February - 4 June 2010


Garden and cosmos
A rare chance to see paintings in the royal collection of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur and to experience the unique art tradition that flourished in the royal courts between the 17th and 19th centuries.
29 October 2009 - 26 January 2010


Hymn to beauty: the art of Utamaro
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?�1806) revolutionised the way women were portrayed in Japanese visual arts, and his sensuous, insightful portraits of courtesans, housewives, mothers and lovers have enjoyed unabated popularity ever since. This exhibition of woodblock prints from the Asian Art Museum, National Museums in Berlin, is the first extensive survey of his work in Australia.
13 February - 2 May 2010


La Per: an Aboriginal seaside story
This exhibition celebrates the Sydney Aboriginal community of La Per (La Perouse) by combining historical and contemporary works unique to this seaside community.
16 July - 10 October 2010


Paths to abstraction 1867 - 1917
One of the most ambitious exhibitions the Gallery has ever undertaken, featuring 140-plus works by some of the most influential artists of the modern era, including Whistler, Cézanne, Monet, Seurat, Vuillard, Bonnard, Gauguin, Matisse, Derain, Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Klee, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Hans Arp and Sophie Taüber-Arp.
26 June – 19 September 2010


Rupert Bunny: artist in Paris
A creator of grand, sumptuous paintings of Parisian life in the late 19th century, Rupert Bunny became one of the most successful painters of his generation. His romantic portrayals of women at leisure capture the charm of the belle �poque, while his dream-like paintings of mythological scenes reveal an inspired, poetic view of life and art.
21 November 2009 - 21 February 2010


Stephen Vitiello: The Birds
This sound piece, inspired by the cacophony of Australian native bird life, is based on Daphne du Maurier�s story of the same name.
11 August - 12 September 2010


Tatzu Nishi: War and peace and in between
Tatzu Nishi has transformed the Gallery�s two equestrian sculptures by Gilbert Bayes, The offerings of war and The offerings of peace, enclosing them in playful constructions. Visitors can walk inside to experience the surreal spaces of Nishi�s War and peace and in between.
2 October 2009 - 14 February 2010


The Dreamers
This exhibition celebrates the lives and work of eight distinguished Aboriginal artists who have contributed significantly to Australia�s cultural landscape. They are the dreamers for the future.
9 May 2009 - 15 August 2010


Victorian visions
From the collection of John Schaeffer, paintings, watercolours, drawings and sculptures by some of the luminaries of Victorian art, including Rossetti, Holman Hunt, Burne-Jones, Leighton, Poynter, Watts and Waterhouse.
20 May - 29 August 2010


Wilderness: Balnaves contemporary: painting
This exhibition considers how nature and landscape continue to preoccupy contemporary painters. But not nature based on observation. The 'wild' here is found in the mind of the artists.
5 March - 23 May 2010