Previous exhibitions 1998
Harold E Edgerton (19031990) & Split-Second Photography
31 October 1998 15 March 1999
Dr Harold Edgerton was the inventor and developer of modern flash photography which made possible the type of stop-action imagery now routine in newspaper and television sports reportage. Edgerton's spectacular and stylish photographs were revolutionary and novel when first published in the 1930s and 40s. His studies of ultra-fast moving figures and objects, motion sequences and collisions reveal more than the eye can see.
14 October 1998 – 26 January 1999
The theme of this exhibition, 'collecting, collections and display', celebrates the range and depth of the Gallery's permanent collection, with hundreds of works of art from the Gallery's storage areas displayed in a deliberately uncharacteristic and dense hang.
French posters from Chéret to Toulouse-Lautrec
27 June – 18 October 1998
Dance halls such as the Moulin de la Galette and the Elysée Montmartre were popular venues in late 19th century France, attracting everyone from aristocrats to young working girls. To advertise such venues and their entertainment, a thriving poster business developed, which contributed to a widespread enthusiasm for this new 'art of the street'. The exhibition, Dance Hall Days, features key posters which evoke the excitement and freneticism of the age.
detail: Nover France working c.1900 'Absinthe Vichet (Vichet Absinth)' 1900 Gift of Orde Poynton Esq. CMG 1996
Material as Landscape
4 July – 27 September 1998
Rosalie Gascoigne makes works from found objects using simple techniques such as fragmentation, assemblage, repetition and compression to respond to her environment. Her works have a lyrical and metaphorical relationship with the landscape which evokes pleasure and poetry in the object in their associative power.
The Vollard Suite
25 July – 10 September 1998
The Vollard Suite contains many themes which reveal Picasso's obsessions, including the classically derived subjects of the Minotaur (the man–beast) and Pygmalion (the artist obsessed with the model). Picasso once said of the role of an artist, `it's not what the artist does that counts, but what he is'.
Beauty and Desire in Edo Period
6 June – 9 August 1998
This spectacular exhibition featured woodblock prints, paintings and kimonos from the 17th century to the late 19th century. It explored the image of woman as an aesthetic ideal through some 100 works by more than 35 artists, including Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro, Sharaku, Moronobu, Harunobu, Kiyonaga, Kuniyoshi and Yoshitoshi.
Read My Lips
Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman
6 June – 9 August 1998
Read My Lips showcased three important contemporary artists. Jenny Holzer's posters and LED signs accost passersby in the street. Barbara Kruger uses slick advertising formats to deliver unfamiliar messages. Cindy Sherman's photographs explore images of women common in film and fashion photography, fairy tales and high art.
Australian Folk Art
25 April – 21 June 1998
The National Gallery of Australia has included folk art in its acquisitions policy since the Gallery's inception. The Gallery's holdings constitute arguably the most important collection of folk art material in this country. It represents a cultural practice accessible to everyone and with something to offer those seeking to understand the human need to make objects.
Ansel Adams & American Landscape Photograph
7 March – 21 June 1998
Ansel Adams (1902–1984) is one of the most celebrated and influential 20th century landscape photographers. The exhibition title reflects the place of Adams's work in a tradition of brilliant American photographers of the sublime natural landscape and Adams's role as an ardent conservationist.
Worlds from Old
19th Century Australian and American Landscapes
7 March – 17 May 1998
Landscape is undoubtedly one of the most popular and universally loved themes in the history of Western art. This exhibition presents the broad sweep of landscape painting during one of its most exciting eras of development — the 19th century.
A Genius and his Impact
17 December 1997 – 15 February 1998