Past Exhibitions


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Year 12 Perspectives 2011
11 February - 9 April 2012

Year 12 Perspectives is your yearly taste of art by the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in the State. An annual barometer of what our youth are thinking and feeling, it is also a rich celebration of the role the arts play in the development of individual identities.


Tom Malone Prize 2003 –2012 & Translucence: contemporary glass

17 December 2011 – 2 April 2012

2012 marks a decade of the Tom Malone Prize. This acquisitive award for Australian glass artists has been the platform for the Gallery to collect some of the best work being made in the country today. The combined exhibitions feature work by 2012’s shortlisted makers, all past winners and a selection of glass works from the State Art Collection.

Vast: North-West landscapes

26 October 2011 – 26 March 2012

The opening up of northern Western Australia to mining exploration in the 1960s also opened up this terrain to artists – both literally by providing easier ways to access it physically by car and air, and imaginatively as a ‘new world’ to discover. Australian artists Russell Drysdale, Guy Grey-Smith, Robert Juniper, Sidney Nolan and many others travelled through the area at this time, and their practice often changed significantly as a result.


JEFF WALL Photographs

26 May to 10 September 2012

Jeff Wall is recognised as one of the most innovative and influential artists working today. JEFF WALL Photographs, this first Australian survey of his work brings together twenty-six photographs to present an overview of his outstanding achievements featuring key major works from over three decades of artistic and photographic innovation. Large-scale and luminous, his photographs have rewritten nearly every convention of photography. Wall’s outstanding body of work has played a decisive role in establishing photography as the major contemporary art form it is today.


Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters

16 June to 3 December 2012

As part of the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s Great Collections of the World series, the Gallery together with The Museum of Modern Art will present six world-class exhibitions over three years. The exciting partnership will launch its first, large-scale exhibition entitled Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters in June 2012. The launch exhibition will feature over 100 modern art masterpieces by 14 of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.






Last reviewed 05 December 2012

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