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Art Exhibitions to See this July

Art Lovers | 26 June 2021

6 Exhibitions to see this July

Take some time to enjoy art.


1. Archie 100

A Century of the Archibald Prize

Until 26 September 2021

Art Gallery NSW | Sydney

‘Self portrait’ by TEMPE MANNING | 1939

This year marks 100 years of Australia’s oldest and most-loved portrait award.

Arranged thematically, Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize unearths fascinating stories behind more than 100 artworks carefully selected from every decade. It reflects not just how artistic styles and approaches to portraiture have changed over time but, importantly, the changing face of our nation.

Walking Through Lilies


2. HOTA Collects

Highlights from HOTA’s Collection

On now

HOTA | Gold Coast

“Let There Be Robe” by NELL

HOTA Collects presents a snapshot of the 4,500 works in the City Collection, many of which have never been seen, and includes one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia.

The Gold Coast has inspired a wealth of contemporary artists to dream big and pursue careers nationally and internationally, and the inaugural hang will include works by Victoria Reichelt, Michael Zavros, Abbey McCulloch, Chris Bennie, Anna Carey, the Huxleys, and Scott Redford. Artists that celebrate the Gold Coast as a muse include John Gollings, Kenneth Macqueen, Vida Lahey, Charles Blackman, Fred Williams and Ethel Carrick Fox.

Walking Through Lilies


3. Ramsay Art Prize 2021

Until 22 August 2021

The Art Gallery of South Australia | Adelaide

Prize winner: KATE BOHUNNIS with her work “edges of excess”

Open to Australian artists under 40 working in any medium, the Ramsay Art Prize has redefined the way we think about art prizes.

Finalist works are selected by an eminent panel of judges and shown in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The winning work is judged from the exhibition and is acquired into the Gallery’s collection with the winning artist receiving $100,000.

Walking Through Lilies


4. European Masterpieces

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Until 17 October 2021

GOMA | Brisbane

Marie Denise Villers , France 1774–1821 / Marie Joséphine Charlotte du Val d’Ognes (died 1868) 1801 / Oil on canvas / 161.3 x 128.6cm / Mr and Mrs Isaac D Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D Fletcher, 1917 / 17.120.204 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

“Marie Joséphine Charlotte du Val d’Ognes (1786–1868)” by MARIE DENISE VILLERS

Spanning 500 years, ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’ offers a breath-taking journey from the 1420s and emerging Renaissance to conclude at the height of early twentieth century post-impressionism. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity also allows visitors to experience works by painters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Turner, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, and Monet, direct from The Met’s collection – one of the finest collections of European painting in the world, the majority of which rarely leave permanent display in New York.

Walking Through Lilies


5. Balancing Act

Until 19 July 2021

Art Gallery W.A. | Perth

Richard Bell One more hour of daylight 2017-2019

“One more hour of daylight” by RICHARD BELL

Our story is not one story, but many stories to share.

This exhibition attempts to showcase works of art that reflect the depth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture, with other aspects of the Aboriginal condition.

Balancing Act features the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists living and working across the State and Australia. Works of art by local Noongar artists such as Revel Cooper (dec.), Sandra Hill, Dianne Jones and Shane Pickett (dec.) sit loud-and-proud among those by Richard Bell, Karla Dickens, Julie Dowling and Brian Robinson to name a few of the many stellar artists in the show.

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6. Ned Kelly Series

Sidney Nolan

Until 22 August 2021

Tweed Regional Gallery | Murwillumbah, NSW

The Trial, 1947

“The Trial” by SIDNEY NOLAN | 1947

Sidney Nolan’s 1946–47 paintings on the theme of the bushranger Ned Kelly are one of the greatest series of Australian paintings of the 20th century. Nolan’s Ned Kelly series is a distillation of a complex, layered story set in the Victorian landscape and centred around a 19th century bushranger and his gang who were on the run from the police.

Landscape is a key element in the paintings—as Nolan said, “it began in the landscape and ended in the landscape”. The series also depends upon a loosely-threaded but vital, dramatic human narrative that has its catalyst with Constable Fitzpatrick and Kate Kelly 1946 in the domestic arena of the Kelly family home where a fracas occurs, and ends with The trial 1947, in a Melbourne courtroom where Ned Kelly is sentenced to death.

Walking Through Lilies




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