Issue 166 | December/January 2012-13
Turner from the Tate | Street photography | Sculpture Bar | Members news | Events
01 Toulouse-Lautrec Pop-up shop

For the first time, the National Gallery of Australia has opened a pop-up shop to accompany its summer blockbuster exhibition, Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge. The pop-up shop features an array of products and gifts inspired by the exhibition as well as tickets and ticket vouchers. Hurry, closes Sunday 23 December at 5pm. The shop is located at 167 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney and is perfect for finding great Christmas gifts.

Street view of the Sydney pop-up shop

For ticketing information, including a range of exhibition packages such as Premium early entry and Lautrec's Tea Salon click here

Tickets for this Canberra-only show can be purchased through Ticketek or at the Gallery.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 'Jane Avril' 1899 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra The Poynton Bequest 2011

ActewAGL Customer Offer
22 and 23 December

Redeem your complimentary ActewAGL Essentials coupon, for one ticket per household, at the National Gallery of Australia front desk to guarantee your preferred timed session.  Any additional tickets required for family and friends are available for purchase at the Gallery.

Half hourly timed sessions:

  • Saturday 22 December 10am until 5.30pm
  • Sunday 23 December
    10am until 3:30pm
    Subject to availability

Please note that the Gallery is closed on Christmas Day.

02 Turner from the Tate
The Making of a Master

The National Gallery of Australia recently announced that it will host an additional major international exhibition in 2013; Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master.  The exhibition will run during winter, from June to September, as a highlight of the Centenary of Canberra.

J.M. W. Turner (1775–1851) is regarded as one of Britain’s greatest artists, renowned as a key figure of the Romantic period. Featuring 110 works, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of the artist’s development and offer extraordinary insights into his working life and practices. Turner from the Tate will feature many remarkable paintings of Turner’s career, such as Venice, the Bridge of Sighs 1840 and The Fall of an Avalanche in the Grisons 1810.

J.M.W. Turner 'The Fall of an Avalanche in the Grisons' 
exhibited 1810. Photo: © Tate, 2013


J.M.W. Turner 'Waves Breaking on a Lee Shore at Margate (Study for 'Rockets and Blue Lights')' circa 1840. Photo: © Tate, 2013


1 June 2013 – 8 September 2013


  • Adult/Concession: $25, $20
    Child (7-16 yrs): $6
  • Family/Family Concession: $55, $45
  • NGA Member (Adult/Family): $16, $37

Tickets can be purchased at the NGA front desk and will be available online through Ticketek in the near future.

J.M.W. Turner 'Venice, the Bridge of Sighs' exhibited 1840. Photo: © Tate, 2013

03 Members news

The membership team would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members for their support of the National Gallery over the past year and wish you a safe and happy holiday season. 

We will be taking a short break from Friday 21 December until Tuesday 2 January, during which time new memberships, renewals and event bookings can be completed online at or in person at the Gallery. 

You will still be able to contact the office by phone on (02) 6240 6528 however any renewals, event bookings or new memberships will be processed upon our return.

We are looking forward to a busy and exciting 2013 and hope to see you all at the Gallery in the New Year.

04 Event
highlights Go to calendar
for all events

05 American StreetSeventy years of a photographic tradition

From the first decade of the twentieth century, improved camera technology including plate sensitivity to low light conditions and shorter exposure times made it easier for photographers to take to the streets.

With its complexities and contradictions, offering both possibilities of wondrous progress and decline, redemption and ruin, the modern city has presented photographers with endless possibilities. In particular, America’s distinctive symbols of consumer culturesuch as bill boards and advertising signshave been a well-explored subject in American photography since the 1930s.

Garry Winogrand 'Worlds Fair–New York City, New York. From "Garry Winogrand"' 1964
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1978

In the post-war period, there was a reaction against such conformist and homogenous consumerism. The Beat Generation’s intense personal search for meaning in an increasingly alienating and complicated society, often represented by the road trip, became a theme in popular culture. The new wave of Abstract Expressionist painters in the 1950s also relied on first hand perception and direct experience, placing importance on process, subjectivity and striving for spontaneity.

Berenice Abbott 'Greyhound bus terminal' 1936 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1979



Ernst Haas 'Albuqueque, New Mexico' 1969 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2000

Photographers took up these developments, establishing a genre which focused on urban subject matter and portraiture. There are some who reflect the fact that the city can be an isolating and lonely place, and a definite melancholic note is also found. Most, however, revel in the dynamism and display a love of the ever-changing, exciting, energetic make-up of the street. It is an impetus best summed up by photographer Garry Winogrand, who observed that ‘when things move, I get interested’.

American Street: seventy years of a photographic tradition is on display from 22 December 2012. It draws on the photography collection which has a distinct strength and depth in this area. A selection of important books by which much of this material was disseminated to the public is also on viewincluding, for example, a first French edition of Robert Frank’s Les Américains. Photographers include Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, E.O. Hoppé, Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Harry Callahan, Lisette Model, William Klein, Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, Saul Leiter, Leon Levinstein, Ernst Haas, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Ed Ruscha, Larry Clark, Joel Meyerowitz and Stephen Shore.

06 Sculpture BarOpens 18 January

Beverage Partners Veuve Clicquot and Kronenbourg partner with the National Gallery of Australia to deliver a new bar experience in the Sculpture Garden Restaurant during the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition.

Open each Friday commencing 18 January 2013, the Sculpture Bar is the perfect place to relax with great music and a range of food and beverages.


From 18 January Toulouse-Lautrec will be open until 7pm on Fridays so why not drop by for a glass of champagne and an after hours exhibition viewing.

What better way to start the weekend!

07 Happy Holidaysfrom the National Gallery
of Australia

Thank you for your support this past year and may you have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013.

Ron Radford AM
Director, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

(banner image) Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 'Mlle Eglantine's troupe' 1896 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra The Poynton Bequest 2012