‘Brett Whiteley was the most naturally talented draughtsman I have ever met … he could draw like an angel.’ – Colin Lanceley, artist
An extraordinary facility for drawing set Brett Whiteley on the path of an outstanding career as one of Australia’s best-known artists. Drawing lay at the very heart of everything he did – from painting to sculpture to prints – and was fundamental to his imaginative and creative process.
This is the first major exhibition to explore the central place of drawing in Whiteley’s work. In the art of drawing, his remarkable talent was unfettered and expressed with unabashed pleasure.
Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds is the first exhibition in the world to feature the extraordinary work of Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher in dialogue with the work of acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo, led by designer Oki Sato.
Acknowledged as a master of optical illusion, Escher created some of the most iconic images of the twentieth century which intrigue viewers with their visual puzzles and challenge established notions around space, time and the everyday world. Escher’s work depicts impossible architectural structures, endless staircases and seamless transformations of form and pattern. His fantastical constructions and repetitive infinity patterns reveal a technical and inventive genius that in recent years has become increasingly revered and celebrated.
Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds will explore Escher’s unique artistic vision covering the full span of his career, from 1916 through to his final work produced in 1969. Highlights include some of Escher’s best-known works including Day and night, 1938, a woodcut representing light breaking over a Dutch landscape of exactly mirrored towns, fields and waterways, through to the masterpiece that was his final work, Snakes, 1969, created three years before his death in 1972 at age seventy-three. Other famous Escher works in the exhibition include Up and down, 1947, Drawing hands, 1948, Relativity, 1953, and Waterfall, 1961.
Building on Escher’s optical illusions to create an otherworldly spatial installation, nendo has taken cues from Escher’s manipulation of space and his use of shifting perspectives and playful visual devices. These have inspired the creation of an exhibition experience that transcends traditional gallery displays and manifests Escher’s world in a three-dimensional reality.
nendo has devised a signature motif for the exhibition design − the minimalist form of a house − universally understood as an icon and symbol of space. The house appears throughout the exhibition in varied forms that reference Escher’s skillful manipulation of patterns as well as creating innovative displays for Escher’s work.
The hugely ambitious APT series returns to QAGOMA this summer, bringing significant art from across the Asia Pacific to Brisbane. Overflowing with colour and life, this free contemporary art exhibition presents a unique mix of creativity and cross-cultural insight.
Discover more than 400 artworks by over 80 individuals, collectives and groups that capture the energy of new art being created in Asia, the Pacific and Australia.
David Goldblatt was internationally renowned for documenting South Africa’s people and turbulent history with a quiet determination and unflinching sense of what is right and just, and what is not.
Capturing seven decades of his work, David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948–2018 features his compelling portrayal of the rise and dismantling of Apartheid. This Sydney-exclusive exhibition includes his striking key black-and-white and colour photographic series, as well as never-before-seen material from his personal archive.
This exhibition will be the largest retrospective of Goldblatt’s work in the region and marks the photographer’s final project before his death.
Enter a world of Love & Desire as the Tate lends exclusive masterpieces from its unsurpassed collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.
In mid-nineteenth century Britain, a group of rebellious young artists emulated the spirit of early Renaissance painting in protest against the art establishment of the era and society at large. Radically flouting convention, these artists revelled in the use of brilliant colour, meticulous detail and exquisite layering. The Pre-Raphaelites drew inspiration from the great love stories of history and literature, the tempestuousness of lustful entanglements, and the wonder of religious icons. They created a new artistic genre, sometimes poetic and sexy and sometimes raw, that combined medieval romanticism with modern life to produce literary scenes, portraits and landscapes rich in symbolism.
Love & Desire features 40 of the Tate’s most famous and best-loved works, alongside 40 loans from other British and Australian collections. With masterpieces such as John Everett Millais’ Ophelia 1851–52 and William Holman Hunt’s The Awakening conscience 1853, this exhibition is a stunning survey of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
These masterpieces are rarely lent and most have never been seen in Australia before—this exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
***Cover image: David Goldblatt-photograph-shop-assistant-1972/