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Howard Taylor Double Self-Portrait


Curator Dunja Rmandic

  PORTRAIT MONTH and portrait project          

  October 2016 - 30 January 2017 | FREE




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Portraits commemorate, transform, reflect, iconise and sometimes distort their subject in endlessly fascinating variety.

In an exciting new initiative for 2016, AGWA introduces Portrait Month where we explore the many forms of portraiture across photography, painting, video and sculpture. Taking centre focus is the State’s premier portraiture prize, the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture which features alongside AGWA’s own Portrait Project.

Celebrating its tenth Anniversary, the Black Swan Prize is presented for the first time at the State Art Gallery.
Australia’s third richest art prize, the Black Swan Prize features the $50,000 Lester Group Prize, the $7,500 Amana Living People’s Choice Prize, the new $10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize and two Highly Commended $500 HU Kendall & Co Gift Vouchers. WA’s only portrait prize attracts hundreds of entries nationally each year.

Launching in Portrait Month is AGWA’s Portrait Project, where we invite you to take a look at the myriad of portraits in the State Art Collection. Take the Portrait Trail, join an AGWA Guru Guide on a free guided tour, or spend some time listening to Aggie the Robot as she wanders through the portraits on display. Enjoy our new series of online Video Insights, some of which feature Hannah Gadsby, who will also be presenting a comedy routine about portraits at ARTBAR on 27 October. Feeling inspired? Create your own self-portrait in the Imagination Room.

Jeffrey Smart Portrait of David Malouf   Ernst Kirchner Woman in a Hat


Guru Guided Tours | FREE

Portraits from your State Art Collection
1-2pm, Fridays (No tours 23 & 30 Dec)

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Take One Portrait - one artist, one work

12-12.30pm, Saturdays in Jan

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ArtBubs | $15
10.30am-12pm, Wednesday 19 October
Theme: Portraits
Parents with bubs get together for a mid-week art outing with morning tea. Prams/baby carriers and babies up to one year old welcome!

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Tour with Aggie | FREE
11am, Saturday 24 September & Saturday 22 October
Theme: Portraits
Using state-of-the-art robotics and artworks-of-the-State, let Aggie take you on a guided tour of Your Collection.

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Art with Aggie | Gold coin donation
1pm, Saturday 24 September & Saturday 22 October
Theme: Portraits
Let Aggie the AGWA Robot guide you through a practical hands-on art activity.

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Drop in and draw | FREE
10am-5pm, Saturday 24 September – Monday 31 October
Theme: Portraits
Kids, big and small, can enjoy the interactive drawing space every day the Gallery is open by creating their own landscape, portrait or still life.

ARTBAR - Hannah Gadsby | $44+bf
6.30-10pm, Thursday 27 October
In celebration of the Gallery’s portraiture month, Hannah takes a close look at a selection of works from the State Art Collection and gives us her take on what makes an artwork an artwork.

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Howard Taylor

Double self-portrait 1959

oil on composition board

71.8 x 84 cm (sight), 93.2 x 105.5 cm (framed)

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Purchased 1985

Jeffrey Smart
Portrait of David Malouf 1980
oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
100.0 x 100.0 cm, 103.0 x 103.0 x 3.0 cm (framed)

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1983

Ernst Kirchner
Woman in a hat 1911
oil on canvas
94.6 x 83.8 cm (sight), 116.3 x 105.7 cm (framed)

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Gift of Baron H.H. Thyssen-Bornemisza, 1979




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