Issue 172 | July 2013
Roy Lichtenstein | NAIDOC Week | Members news | Events | Subscriber giveaway
01 Turner from the TateThe Making of a Master

Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master is now open. Tickets are available at the NGA Front Desk, online through Ticketek or 1300 795 012.

For a full listing of exhibition programs including lectures, screenings and performances, visit the online calendar

Visitors can enjoy a range of Turner-inspired experiences while at the Gallery:

Family Activity Room

Offering educational activities for children aged 3 – 12 and their families, the Turner Family Activity Room has been designed to reflect the effects of light and colour central to Turner’s practice as an artist. The room evokes the deck of a boat and the freshness of the outdoors. Visitors can create land and seascapes using a variety of media, or use an iPad App to explore the possibilities of watercolour painting. A great way to entertain the kids these school holidays!

Open 10am–5pm every day | Free of charge upon entry to the exhibition.

More information here

Wedgwood Tea Room

Spoil yourself with High Tea in the Pop-Up Wedgwood Tea Room. Classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea with savoury and sweet treats are served on Wedgwood china. Particularly tempting treats include Whiskey smoked salmon, baby watercress and lemon mayonnaise ribbon sandwiches, and a Bitter chocolate and hazelnut praline bar with cracked candy topping. Yum!High Tea exhibition packages can be purchased through Ticketek here. Available every day. Exhibition session at 1.30pm | High Tea at 3pm.

Wedgwood china displays

(banner image) J.M.W. Turner 'A Disaster at Sea' c.1835 Photo: © Tate, 2013

02 Roy LichtensteinPop remix

After travelling around the country for over a year, Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix has returned to Canberra and will open at the National Gallery of Australia on 20 July. Roy Lichtenstein’s name is synonymous with Pop Art. As a master of appropriation Lichtenstein developed a creative principle that became a potent formula: an ability to identify cultural clichés and to repackage them as monumental remixes. His artworks stand as icons of 60s and 70s America, with his characteristic comic strip and Benday dot imagery continuing to inspire our visual culture.

Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix traces the artist’s print projects from the 1950s to the 1990s exploring how he appropriated, transformed and remixed numerous art historical sources including Claude Monet’s Impressionism and Willem de Kooning’s Abstract Expressionism. Lichtenstein reinterpreted the work of these artistic giants and significant art movements using an instantly recognisable graphic aesthetic, effectively branding himself with a signature ‘Lichtenstein look’ to secure his place alongside those masters he so admired.

Slick, intelligent and humorous, Lichtenstein’s remixes of romance and war comics, brushstrokes and nude girls are amongst the best known Pop prints.

Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix is on display in the Project and Orde Poynton Galleries from 20 July 2013 to 27 January 2014.

Remix and win!

For your chance to win tickets to the invite-only opening party and a night's accommodation at the Diamant Hotel, find your favourite Lichtenstein artwork and appropriate, transform or remix it into your own unique Pop image. Click here for details.

A range of public programs accompanying the exhibition, including the launch after-party, can be viewed on our events calendar.

(image at left) Roy Lichtenstein 'Roommates' 1994 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Licensed by Viscopy

(banner image) Roy Lichtenstein 'Reflections on The Scream' 1990 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Licensed by Viscopy

03 Members news

Our next upcoming Members event is a bus trip to the Art Gallery of NSW to view the Sydney Moderns exhibition on Tuesday 9 July. There are over 180 works by Australia’s most iconic artists, exploring the making of a modern city.  A number of works from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection are included in this exhibition. We will have a bus departing at 7am from the Gallery.  Get on board and enjoy a great day out.

Anne Dangar 'Un composition, pochoir' 1936 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2002

Our Members braced a cold Canberra winter morning with our recent Tea and English Muffins event but were rewarded with an exclusive viewing of Turner from the TateAfter a guided tour of the exhibition they were treated to tea and hot English muffins.  We will be having another Tea and English Muffins early morning viewing on Thursday 1 August at 8.30am.  This is a great way to view the exhibition before it is opened to the public.

The Turner dinner is coming up and numbers are filling up fast. This is a wonderful evening with an introduction from the Curator, exclusive viewing of the exhibition followed by a three course meal including wine.  It is bound to be a special evening with a touch of elegance.  Your chance to dress to impress!

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04 Event
highlights Go to calendar
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05 Celebrate
NAIDOC Week 7 - 14 July

NAIDOC Week 2013 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament, an iconic moment in the recognition of the land rights of Aboriginal peoples.

This NAIDOC Week, join us at the Gallery for a free Friday night film screening of MABO, directed by Rachel Perkins and starring Deborah Mailman. MABO is the story of Eddie Koiki Mabo's fight for land rights for his people, and the deep love of family that fuelled his struggle.

On Saturday 13 July, Franchesca Cubillo, Senior Advisor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, will discuss North-east Arnhem Land bark paintings, focusing on the Bark Petition, the Church Panels and the Blue Mud Bay Sea Rights case.

Our Thursday lunchtime talk for NAIDOC Week will feature artists Luna Ryan and Jock Puautjimi speaking about the pukamani poles they've created collaboratively; what these works represent in Tiwi Islander culture and how they came to being in glass.

Djambawa Marawili AM 'Baraltja, Baykuldji, Munurru' 2005 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2006 © the artist courtesy Buku-Larrnggay Mulka

06 Indigenous Leadership ProgramApplications close 31 July

Wesfarmers Arts and the National Gallery of Australia, warmly invite Indigenous Australians to apply for the upcoming Indigenous Leadership program. Applications for the program close on 31 July 2013, so please click here for additional information on how you can be part of building Indigenous Leadership in the arts.


“The first time I came to Canberra in 2011 for the Leadership Program changed the way I perceived the national Indigenous art community, and also gave me a firm understanding of how a major national art institution operates.” –Bradley Harkin

“The most memorable part of the Leadership Program is the connections you make with everybody from different areas. I keep in contact with all of the participants from my year and people we met during our time there.” –Robert Appo

Christian Thompson 'HEAT' 2010 Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi

“Being around some of the best art in the world and one of the best Australian Indigenous Art Collections was inspiring both in my Curatorial and Art practice aspirations. Being a part of the Wesfarmers Arts Leadership Program changed me not only in a professional way, opening up networks and creating opportunity to learn but in a personal way as well creating friendships and inspiring in my creative path.” –Kimberly Moulton

07 What's newWilliam Kentridge's tapestry Streets of the city 2009

As a South African born in 1955, William Kentridge lived through apartheid, and his work often explores the tensions and conflicts that shape the communities and lives of people in post‑colonial cultures. He employs stereoscopic devices to create optical illusions and projections, using drawing, film, animation, sculpture and performance to explore ways in which we construct the world by looking. These devices and methodologies come together in his work in tapestry, a medium in which imagery is traditionally transferred from one form and scale to another and physically interpreted and produced by others.

He made Streets of the city and other tapestries in response to an invitation to create an exhibition of works with a particular reference to Naples, itself a cultural melting pot beset with conflict and crime. The series of tapestries temporarily replaced the historic tapestries of Naples’ Museo di Capodimonte. In them, an equestrian epic unfolds in which a riderless, disjointed and marionette-like horse, inspired by Don Quixote’s Rocinante, flees across an ancient map of the city.

Kentridge draws connections between the arts of cartography and weaving, both processes built point-by-point along defined axes. He joins choreography and topography in a type of literal street theatre, where allusions to the theatre curtain, propaganda and the disjointed shadows of the homeless and dispossessed as ‘performers’ are reconnected through the courtly, stable and civilising process of weaving.

William Kentridge, The Marguerite Stephens Tapestry Studio (weaver) 'Streets of the city' 2009 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2012

His seemingly chaotic collage of the horse, derived from torn fragments of Soviet propaganda and overlaid on map sections, is brought to order through the tapestry process. Weaver Marguerite Stephens, who has worked with Kentridge since 2001, scaled up the work from Kentridge’s drawing. With her team of weavers, Stephens used a high-warp loom to weave the image in the Gobelin technique, using mohair wool sourced, spun, prepared and dyed in a cottage workshop in Swaziland.

-Robert Bell AM, Senior Curator, Decorative Arts and Design
In Artonview, issue 74, winter 2013

This work will be displayed for the first time in the exhibition William Kentridge: Drawn from Africa which opens on 27 September.

08 Canberra connectionCelebrating the Centenary with works from the
national collection

Victoria Perin, Gordon Darling Graduate Intern explores Jörg Schmeisser's Changes VI (between VI and VII) 2003.

In 1978 Jörg Schmeisser became the founding Head of the Printmaking Workshop at the Canberra School of Art (now Australian National University School of Art). Born in Pomerania and raised in Hamburg, Schmeisser taught in Germany and Japan before arriving in Canberra. Being able to guide his students in both Eastern and Western printmaking techniques meant that Schmeisser’s appointment was a great coup for the fledgling institution.

His own art, born from the technical rigour of archaeological draughtsmanship, focussed on the overlapping layers of natural and personal worlds. Often in Schmeisser’s art, plant-like lines seem to grow over the naked female form, shells are observed with a loving precision, while hand-written diary entries are engraved next to sea-scapes and almost-scientific records of crabs and their claws.

Jörg Schmeisser 'Changes II' 2002 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Jörg and Keiko Schmeisser 2004
© Jörg Schmeisser 

Jörg Schmeisser 'Changes VI' 2003 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Jörg and Keiko Schmeisser 2004
© Jörg Schmeisser 

With his natural inclination for travel, being invited to Antarctica in 1997 was an exciting opportunity for Schmeisser. This month-long voyage, as part of the Australian Government’s Antarctic Humanities Program, provided Schmeisser with a formidable subject matter that would prove durable for the artist.

The icy series Changes was produced four years after the Antarctic visit. Here Schmeisser presents images of icebergs floating and dissolving in the frigid waters. Dark blues, greys and white have been use to capture the otherworldly existence of this ice-land.

Schmeisser said that he wished to show “the otherness of this place, compared with my previous themes: landscapes, monuments, figures and shells.”

The series shows progression, with seven states (along with three ‘in between’ states) being printed from one and the same plate.  Changes VI (between VI and VII) 2003 is from the end of the series, when the ghostly ice has splintered up and the image is dominated by a dark and stormy-blue sky. The dramatic disintegration of the ice is potentially revealing the delicate ecological message behind the works.

09 Around
the country
Interstate events
and travelling


Carol Jerrems photographic artist | Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill VIC, 6 July – 29 September 2013

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: 1888 Melbourne Cup | National Sports Museum, Richmond VIC, 15 January – 16 September 2013

Carol Jerrems '(Peggy Solinsky and bird)' 1968 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Mrs Joy Jerrems 1981 © Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems 

Northern Territory

Capital and country: the Federation years 1900 – 1914 | Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT, 4 May – 29 September 2013

South Australia

unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial | Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide SA , 3 May –7 July 2013

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Red Case - Myths and Rituals & Yellow Case - Form, Space and Design | Murray Bridge Regional Art Gallery, Murray Bridge SA, 28 June – 16 July 2013

New South Wales

Stars of the Tokyo stage:  Natori Shunsen’s kabuki actor prints| Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth NSW, 15 June – 20 July 2013

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Blue Case – Technology | Shellharbour Council Exhibition Space, Shellharbour NSW, 18 June – 18 July 2013

10 Win tickets to Before Midnight!

Thanks to Hopscotch Films, we have 10 double passes to giveaway to see the new romantic comedy Before Midnight, in cinemas 18 July.

Before Midnight tells the alluring love story between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), who are on a blissful summer idyll in Greece, wrestling with life and love and new responsibilities. After the much-loved Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, director Richard Linklater continues this enchanting tale with a hilarious and wondrously wise story about relationships.

Watch the trailer here

For your chance to win, email your contact details to by COB Thursday 4 July. 

11 Pub talkArt, ales and England

Escape the winter chill with Fairfax arts writer Andrew Frost for a robust conversation by the fire on Britain's greatest artist, J.M.W. Turner, while enjoying fine British ales and canapés. Featuring National Gallery of Australia curator Lucina Ward.

J.M.W. Turner 'Peace – Burial at sea' exhibited 1842 Photo: © Tate, 2013


7.00pm Thursday 4 July
The Lord Dudley Hotel, Woollahra.

Tickets: $35 (SMH Subscribers), $45 (Non-Subscribers)
Book here


7.00pm Thursday 11 July
The Local Taphouse, St Kilda.

Tickets: $35 (Age Subscribers), $45 (Non-Subscribers)
Book here