Lorenzo Lotto 'The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine of Alexandria' (detail) 1523
Issue 151 | October 2011
Renaissance  | Good strong powerful | Members news | Events | Competition
01 Renaissance 15th and 16th century
paintings from the
Accademia Carrara,

Preparations for Renaissance: 15th & 16th Century Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo have been underway for months. However, with the public announcement of the show, and the fast approaching opening on 9 December, anticipation is growing here at the Gallery. Timed entry tickets are selling fast and the members opening event is now sold out.

Be sure to reserve your choice of date and time through Ticketek for the opportunity to experience this summer’s must see show.

Giovan Battista Moroni 'Portrait of a child of the House of Redetti' c. 1570

Giovan Battista Moroni 'Portrait of a child of the House of Redetti' c. 1570
Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, legacy of Guglielmo Lochis 1866

Raphael 'Saint Sebastian' c.1501–02

Raphael 'Saint Sebastian' c.1501–02
Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, legacy of Guglielmo Lochis 1866

Now is a great time to plan your trip to Canberra. December is an excellent time to visit, as past experience shows us this month is one of the quietest periods.
It's also an opportunity to take advantage of the unique Christmas shopping at the Renaissance exhibition shop.

The Renaissance exhibition will open on Saturdays until 7pm, and from 20 January onwards, late on both Fridays and Saturdays until 7pm. The popular Sculpture Bar reopens for the summer on Friday 9 December, from 5pm.

Title image: Lorenzo Lotto
'The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine of Alexandria' 1523 (detail)
Accademia Carrara, Bergamo
bequest of Giacomo Carrara, 1796

 Kukula McDonald – Bindi Inc. Mwerre Anthurre Artists 'Untitled' (detail) 2010
02 Good strong powerful open 1 October

Good, Strong, Powerful is an exhibition featuring the works of 10 established and emerging Aboriginal artists from three Art Centres in the Northern Territory, Mwerre Anthurre from Alice Springs, Ngaruwanajirri Inc. from Bathurst Island and Julalikari Arts from Tennant Creek.

A collaboration between Artback NT and curator Penny Campton, the exhibition celebrates the ongoing production of good, strong and powerful art by these artists and reflects traditional and contemporary subjects through both painting and drawings. Although living with various forms of disability, the artists represent the strength and knowledge of their community and people and through their work maintain connections to their country.

Peggy Jones Napangardi – Julalikari Arts 'Soakage' 1997

Peggy Jones Napangardi –
Julalikari Arts 'Soakage' 1997
Acrylic paint on cotton duck
45 x 55 cm
Collection of Penny Watson

Alfonso Puautjimi – Ngaruwanajirri Artists 'House and Plane' 2009

Alfonso Puautjimi – Ngaruwanajirri Artists 'House and Plane' 2009
Natural ochres and binder on Arches paper 76 x 57.5 cm

Artists featured include Lorna Kantilla, Alfonso Puatjimi, Estelle Munkanome, Billy Benn Perrurle, Adrian Robertson Jangala, Kukula McDonald, Lance James, Peggy Jones Napangardi, Dion Beasley and Billy Kenda.

Good, Strong, Powerful is on from 1 October 2011 until 15 January 2012 in the Australian galleries. Events related to this exhibition can be viewed here.

All images from the exhibition Good, Strong, Powerful presented by Artback NT.

Title image: Kukula McDonald – Bindi Inc. Mwerre Anthurre Artists
'Untitled' (detail) 2010
Acrylic paint on Belgian linen
42 x 60 cm

Fred Williams 'Hamersley landscape' (detail) 1979
03 Members news

We recently hosted a delightful dinner for our members with Dr Deborah Hart curator of the exhibition - Fred Williams: infinite horizons.  The evening began with a tour of the exhibition by Deborah who delighted the audience with her knowledge of Fred Williams, his work and her many stories of compiling the exhibition.  Following the tour was a delicious three-course meal in Gandel Hall, accompanied by a spectacular performance of classical guitar by Callum Henshaw from the Canberra School of Music.
The announcement of our upcoming summer exhibition Renaissance has proven extremely popular with our members opening party on 9 December already booked out. 
If you didn’t manage to get tickets for the opening we still have places available for our curators dinner to be held on 3 February 2012.

Deborah Hart speaking to members at the 'Fred Williams' dinner event.

We have also been busy in the membership office upgrading some of our systems with some very exciting announcements due in the coming months. Whilst we are working hard to minimise disruptions to our members we ask you bear with us while we work to make it even easier to connect with the National Gallery and your membership.

Liz Wilson
Manager Membership and Development programs

Title image: Fred Williams 'Hamersley landscape' (detail) 1979
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Presented through the NGV Foundation by Rio Tinto, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2001
© estate of Fred Williams

04 Event
highlights Go to calendar
for all events
Babies Screening





children FOR MEMBERS
Peter Sculthorpe Concert

childrenTinalley String Quartet Concert



Nick Waplington 'Girls vacuuming lawn' (detail), 1990
05 PhotospaceUpstairs downstairs: Photographs of Britain

Photography has long served the rich, the famous and the infamous. It has also had many practitioners who have championed the lives of those whose names history will never remember. The social documentary tradition, focusing on the lives of ordinary people – usually those powerless to tell their story – has been a driving force in British photography. This is hardly a surprise in a society traditionally marked by class divisions and prejudices.

Many photographers, eager to tell their stories to as many people as possible, found wide audiences in the pages of newspapers and magazines or published them as books. During the Second World War and through the fifties, the hugely popular picture magazines served as fundamental tools in stabilising the nation. They also promoted a concept of what it was to be British: primarily the gift of getting on with things in the face of adversity.

Bill Brandt 'Parlourmaid and under-parlourmaid, ready to serve dinner' c.1935

Bill Brandt 'Parlourmaid and under-parlourmaid, ready to serve dinner' c.1935 National Gallery of Australia


Lewis Morley 'Tinka Patterson. Norman Parkinson's favourite male model', c.1959

Lewis Morley 'Tinka Patterson. Norman Parkinson's favourite male model', c.1959 National Gallery of Australia, gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia, Inc., New York, NY, USA, made possible with the generous support of David Knaus, 2005

The intentions behind the work vary greatly. Often there was a desire to bring awareness, to show how ‘the other half’ lives; some photographers coupled this with a passionate yearning to bring change. Others have sought to amuse and entertain, from Arthurian legends made ‘real’ to the delights of children
at play.

Upstairs downstairs: photographs of Britain 1874–1990 is on show at the National Gallery of Australia in the photospace until 18 December 2011. Photographers included are Julia Margaret Cameron, John Thomson, Cecil Beaton, Felix H. Man, Humphrey Spender, Edith Tudor Hart, Bill Brandt, Grace Robertson, Bert Hardy, David Moore, David Potts, Roger Mayne, Lewis Morley, Chris Killip, Martin Parr and Nick Waplington.

Title image: Nick Waplington
'Girls vacuuming lawn' (detail), 1990 from the series 'Living room' 1991, National Gallery of Australia

06 Meet the Exhibition AssistantSimeran Maxwell

Can you tell us a little about what being the Exhibition Assistant at the NGA involves?

It involves a lot of different and varied things depending on the exhibition. Generally I assist the Senior Curator on getting the show from the theoretical stage to actually on the walls.

What exhibitions have you worked on?

Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons; Ballets Russes: the art of costume; Masterpieces from Paris: van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin and beyond; Degas: master of French art; Picture Paradise: Asia–Pacific photography 1840s–1940s; Turner to Monet: the triumph of landscape painting and Birth of the modern poster.

Is there a favourite?

I don’t play favourites with my exhibitions … they are like kids, they get quite jealous.

Simeran celebrating at the opening
of 'Masterpeices from Paris'.

What are the worst things about your job?

There are a lot of very unglamorous aspects to working at the Gallery but if I told you them then you might not want to read these sort of pieces. Filing for instance – who doesn’t love filing???

You are currently working on the upcoming Renaissance show, have you got any fun/quirky/weird facts to share?

Saint Bernard is the patron saint of beekeepers, candle makers and sandpit workers.

Title image: NGA staff help install a backdrop for the 'Ballet Russes' exhibition. Simeran is out of shot, behind the backdrop, heaving on a rope.

Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, 'Sunrise chasing the night away' 1977-78 (detail)
07 Begin 2012 inspired, informed & in touch

Join others passionate about visual arts education from all over Australia in Canberra this summer to exchange ideas, engage with artists and discuss art and education.

The National Gallery of Australia and National Portrait Gallery are hosting a national conference for visual art educators. Be part of this professional learning opportunity at a critical time for visual arts education.

The theme of the conference is Space. If you would like to contribute, please click here to submit an abstract. Applications close Saturday 31 Ocober 2011. More information.

Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, 'Sunrise chasing the night away' 1977-78 (detail) . National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1997
© estate of the artist, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency

08 Floriade
Curators' talks
in association
with Floriade 2011

During Floriade 2011, celebrate Canberra in the spring by attending one of three curatorial talks in the Gallery’s Sculpture Garden. The Sculpture Garden features distinct areas designed around the seasons of the year. The talks explore these spaces and the sculptures in the winter, spring and summer gardens. All talks are free and begin at 12.45pm, meeting in the Sculpture Garden courtyard.

Thursday 13 October
Lucina Ward, Curator, International Painting and Sculpture, discusses works in
the summer section of the Sculpture Garden.

Background: Mark di Suvero 'Ik ook' 1971–72. Foreground: Emile Antoine Bourdelle 'Penelope' 1912 (cast 1972). National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Background: Mark di Suvero 'Ik ook' 1971–72. Foreground: Emile Antoine Bourdelle 'Penelope' 1912 (cast 1972). National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

09 Support

Mary Peabody, Supporter of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation and Founding Donor 2010 recently assisted with the purchase of this charming Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec poster, Reine de joie (Queen of Pleasure). This work is a significant addition to the national art collection; specifically to the Gallery’s excellent collection of fin de siècle posters by Toulouse-Lautrec. Paris and la belle époque are subjects that continue to fascinate audiences and this engaging work of art is a classic example from this period.

This generous gift is a strong example of the vital role that benefaction plays in the building of the national art collection so that it tells a comprehensive story about the development of the visual arts.

If you would like to find out more about ways you can give please contact foundation@nga.gov.au

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 'Reine de joie (Queen of Pleasure)' 1892 Purchased with the assistance of Mary Peabody, 2011 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
'Reine de joie (Queen of Pleasure)' 1892 Purchased with the assistance of Mary Peabody, 2011



10 Around
the country
interstate events
and travelling

The NGA's travelling exhibition Space invaders: australian . street . stencils . posters . paste-ups . zines . stickers opened at RMIT Gallery in Melbourne on Thursday 1 September. Launched by Rupert Myer AM and Suzanne Davies, Director RMIT Gallery, the exhibition was also supported by Special Media Partner triple j with DJ Deacon Rose entertaining the hundreds of guests attending. It was a great night all round!

As part of the exhibition's public programs, a street art seminar, 'Vandals or Vanguards?' was held on Monday 26 September. Moderated by exhibition curator, Jaklyn Babington, the discussion panel included artists Nails, Civil, Jumbo and Luke Sinclair from Sticky Institute. Rupert Myer AM, Suzanne Davies, Shanthini Naidoo and John Calvert-Jones AM at the RMIT Gallery opening of 'Space invaders'

'Space invaders' artist Al Stark working on the wall off Little LaTrobe Street, Melbourne.

Accompanying the seminar was a public art project, 'The Graffiti Wall'. Supported by Visions of Australia's Contemporary Touring Initiative, RMIT Gallery and the City of Melbourne, the project saw artists Nails, Twoone, Miso, Ghostpatrol and Al Stark creating work in a laneway off Little LaTrobe Street just opposite RMIT Gallery.
Visitors to the exhibition can see The Graffiti Wall here.

Space invaders: australian . street . stencils . posters . paste-ups . zines . stickers is showing at RMIT Gallery until Saturday 5 November.

11 Exclusive to artonline

Win a Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons Exhibition Catalogue

'Fred Williams: infinite horizons' by Dr Deborah Hart, with an essay by 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastien Smee. 240 pages.

Tell us which is your favourite Fred Williams work and why in 25 words or less.

Reply here with your answer and the subject line ‘Fred Williams Catalogue ' before 5.00 pm
28 October 2011 for your chance
to win.

Special accommodation offer
exclusive to artonline subscribers

The Forrest Hotel and Apartments is an accommodation partner of the National Gallery of Australia.
For a special accommodation package exclusive to artonline subscribers, including exhibition tickets for Renaissance: 15th and 16th century Italian paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo contact the Forrest Hotel.

Phone 02 6203 4300, email reservations@forresthotel.com or visit www.forresthotel.com and quote 'artonline'.

12 Exclusive
to members

From the Oscar-winning team behind 'Man on Wire' comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the mid-1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own - is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.  Based on the book 'Nim Chimpsky - The chimp who would be human' by Elisabeth Hess.

We have 10 double passes to giveaway to our members.  The first 10 members to reply here with your name and membership number will win a double pass to see the film.

View the trailer here