The Art Gallery of New South Wales and Artspace Sydney are collaborating with Save the Children Australia and City of Sydney on Youth Week NSW in Woolloomooloo. If you are aged 16 – 25 and interested in art, music and events and would like to showcase your talents and those of other young creatives, get in touch: [ Link ]
This week, #ARTEXPRESS2017 artists throw the tough questions to leading art-world figures, Gallery director Michael Brand and artist Del Kathryn Barton. And don't miss the opportunity to reserve a spot for our 'Archive factory' talk for a glimpse into the archives of Andy Warhol and others.

Art After Hours 22 February
In 'Pay the rent', Richard Bell demands that Aboriginal people be paid all that would be owed in rent since 1788. The controversial Richard Bell is one of Australia's most renowned Indigenous artists. With a penchant for sarcasm he explores stereotypes and racism through his self-described 'Liberation art'.

This work is part of 'Signs and symbols to live by': [ Link ]

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What is Andy Warhol’s legacy for LGBTI artists? Contemporary artists including Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Claudia Nicholson, and art historian Richard Meyer (USA) delve into Warhol's influence on their identities and work.

Queer Thinking symposium: Queer Warhol
Opening Saturday: The most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to Andy Warhol’s early career in more than 25 years. #warholbeforepop

Please note, this is a timed-entry exhibition. Book online for convenience and to secure your preferred date and time.

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Bryan Westwood won the Archibald Prize twice for his portraits of Paul Keating and Elwyn Lynn, but here, his talents shine in his painting of Alice Springs which was gifted to the #artagalleryofnsw by Margaret Olley.

Image: Bryan Westwood 'South of Alice Springs after good rains' 1992 © Courtesy Robin Gibson
The exhibition 'Brett Whiteley: west of the divide' is now showing at Benalla Art Gallery in Victoria. Through these paintings, drawings and sculptures, Whiteley has provided us with an iconic translation of his experience of the Australian landscape: [ Link ]

Image: Brett Whiteley 'Marulan bird with rocks' circa 1980 © Wendy Whiteley
It's the final weekend of three exhibitions: 'Manifesto', a dramatic video installation from renowned German artist Julian Rosefeldt with famed actor Cate Blanchett; 'Eko Nugroho: Lot lost', a cross-disciplinary installation by Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho; and 'Yes yes yes yes', graphic art from the 1960s and 1970s featuring Roy Lichtenstein, Corita Kent and John Cage among others.

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Current exhibitions: closing soon
Idyllic scenery in the Riverland region in rural South Australia as shown in Ian Abdullah's 'Swimming before school'. On the surface, Abdullah tells a simple story in sharing his childhood memories, but in doing so, points to the rapid degradation of the natural resources of the region, and encroaching westernisation of Nunga communities.

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Peggie Pantsos recreating her #ARTEXPRESS2017 living portraits right now at Art After Hours.
#ARTEXPRESS2017 artist Jack Combe created this painting with a palette knife as his only tool, inspired by Philip Wolfhagen. His work draws upon his childhood journey, moving from the country to the city, "changing my landscape as I disconnected from one and connected with the other". The three pieces in the series mirror this journey in concept and form, as landscapes become obstructed by...
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In this photographic work by Justine Varga, the unshaped fields of colour are the traces of an exposure that lasted almost an entire year, during which time the artist left a large-format film negative on top of a lamp. You can see it in the final week of 'New matter', featuring recent works by Australian and international artists who expand the limits of photography: [ Link ]

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Want a taste of our future arts greats? Swing by the Gallery on Wednesday and meet the most talented of 2016's HSC performing arts graduates. They'll be showcasing their top-ranked works in drama, dance and music. You can see their visual arts classmates' works on display in #ARTEXPRESS2017 and then stay on for the ethereal sounds of emerging musician Portamento.

Art After Hours 15 February 2017
Image: Guerrilla Girls 'The advantages of being a woman artist' 1988 from 'Portfolio Compleat 1985-2012'. AGNSW collection © Guerrilla Girls, courtesy of
It's the final week to see acclaimed Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho's multiple-part installation combining sculpture and vibrant embroidery.

Eko Nugroho: Lot lost
Final day 19 Feb: Don't miss Julian Rosefeldt's internationally acclaimed work featuring Cate Blanchett, 'Manifesto'.

The pair reinterpret some of the most famous writings by artists of the modern era with Blanchett inhabiting 13 different personas – among them a school teacher, a newsreader, a factory worker and a homeless man – to explore the power and urgency of these historical words in...
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We're heading into the final weekend of our Lunar New Year celebration events. Join us for a tour in Mandarin, Cantonese or English, let your creativity run wild with a rooster headdress artmaking workshop for families, and be treated to Sydney producer Marcus Whale's special rendition of 'Inland Sea' accompanied by a small string section,

Lunar New Year at the Gallery
The Gallery's first-ever 'Mystery tour' is this Saturday at 3pm – join one our expert tour guides as they take you on a journey of a theme, artist or exhibition that particularly captivates them.

Any guesses?

Mystery tours at the Gallery
Have you visited 'Brett Whiteley: naked' yet? See the artist's intimate works of love and passion at the Brett Whiteley Studio.

Open Friday to Sunday, free entry: [ Link ]

Image: Brett Whiteley 'Untitled painting II' 1961 © Wendy Whiteley.
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Image: James Muir Auld 'Morning sunshine' 1920. AGNSW collection.