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2012 Media Releases:

New York comes to life through the lenses of the world’s most influential photographers

10 December 2012

The Art Gallery of Western Australia has said goodbye to its world-class show Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters, the highly successful launch exhibition of the exclusive series from The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Over 100,000 visitors viewed the exquisite selection of more than 120 modern art works, making it the Gallery’s most successful exhibition since Egyptian Antiquities from the Louvre in 2007.


Not an institution to rest on its laurels, AGWA is now busily preparing for the arrival of the second exhibition in the series, Picturing New York: Photographs from The Museum of Modern Art.


Opening on Australia Day, Saturday 26 January, Picturing New York promises to captivate all those who share a love for photography or New York, as well as those curious to know more about either.


Drawn exclusively from MoMA’s extraordinary photography collection, the exhibition traces the dynamic rise of modern photography from 1888 to 2005 through a multitude of visions of the ever-changing city and its famously diverse population. This is a rare opportunity for visitors to see both iconic photographs by the world’s most legendary photographers as well as lesser-known, though equally treasured gems, produced over the course of a profoundly transformative period for both the city and photography.

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Collection in focus

MADE TO remember

16 November 2012

AGWA is delighted to announce Made to Remember, the next instalment of Collection in focus – a series of rotating displays drawn from the State Art Collection. Each display provides an in-depth exploration of a distinct area within the Collection.

Made to Remember, which opens on 24 November, is a beautifully considered display of significant Indigenous objects from the State Art Collection selected by Clotilde Bullen, Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of WA. With a diverse selection of works including glass and ceramic objects, textiles and clothing, as well as examples of traditional sculpture, Made to Remember encourages dialogue about the place of an object not only in Indigenous art and culture, but in the broader Australian context.


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WAM Winners line up to farewell Picasso to Warhol at AGWA

7 November 2012

Friday 30 November will see WAM Song of the Year 2012 Winner, Rainy Day Women, and 2012 WAM Jazz Award Winner Abbey/Foster/Falle performing at the final AGWA Nights for Picasso to Warhol.

The AGWA Nights Last Hurrah! will showcase highlights from seasons one and two: comedian Dave Callan is back in town for the night; VJ Zoo is running their Warholesque Screen Tests; along with the musical performances by Rainy Day Women and Abbey/Foster/Falle, performing as Abbey/Foster+. Also on offer is one of the last chances to view Picasso to Warhol before it closes on 3 December, the popular Literary Links tour at 5.45pm, and the Manhattan-inspired pop-up bar is back in action too.


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FILM FESTIVAL CLOSING BRINGS WARHOL’S NEW YORK TO LIFE

29 October 2012

A cocktail-style celebration of Americana and some real life insights into artist Andy Warhol will spice up the closing festivities when Friends of the Art Gallery of WA present the Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters Film Festival Closing Night Party.

A cocktail party featuring dancing from the Hullabaloo Hoppers, American tunes and all-American refreshments will set the scene at the Art Gallery of WA – and then comes the gossip!

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Josh Pyke Closes 2012 ARTBAR Season

23 October 2012

Performing outdoors on the Art Gallery of WA wetlands stage, Australia’s premier singer/songwriter Josh Pyke will bring the 2012 ARTBAR season to a close, in this exclusive Perth show, as part of his national “Only Sparrows” tour. Your ARTBAR ticket includes entry into the Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters exhibition on the night, prior to the main performance, so be early and make your visit one to remember.

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last weeks of picasso to warhol

16 October 2012

There are just seven weeks to go before the Art Gallery of WA must pack up and send home Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters, the already successful launch exhibition of the exclusive series from The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Before Picturing New York arrives on our shores on January 26, and to celebrate the remaining weeks of Picasso to Warhol, the Gallery has planned many special events and activities.


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nominations now open

the western australian indigenous art awards 2013

11 October 2012

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards is a national award founded in 2008 to celebrate the breadth, diversity and excellence in art from all corners of Indigenous Australia. The awards acknowledge the significant and ongoing contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists make to Australian art, culture and society.


Nominations are now open for The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013.
Nominations close at 5pm (WST) on Monday 14 January 2013.

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Luminous World - Contemporary Art from the Wesfarmers Collection

18 September 2012

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is proud to partner with Wesfarmers Arts to present Luminous World – Contemporary Art from the Wesfarmers Collection.

 

Luminous World presents a diverse selection of contemporary paintings, photography and works of sculpture, acquired by the Wesfarmers Collection over thirty years and considered through the lens of how contemporary artists variously explore the phenomenon of light in their work. This is a unique opportunity for visitors to AGWA to view an innovative thematic selection of more than 60 contemporary works from the Wesfarmers Collection and for Wesfarmers to share one of its great assets with the public across Australia.

Some 50 artists from Australia and New Zealand are featured in the exhibition including: Susan Norrie, Rosemary Laing, Howard Taylor, Dale Frank, Paddy Bedford, Bill Henson, Fiona Pardington (NZ), Brian Blanchflower, Brook Andrew, Timothy Cook and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

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Art In Action

12 September 2012

Art in Action will be performed every Wednesday night from 10 October to 7 November at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. From 7pm you can walk through Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters and see the art brought to life in visual theatre. This performance is suitable for anyone who enjoys Modern Art or Theatre!

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ARTBAR – where music, food, wine and art come together!

6 September 2012

Paul Capsis Thursday 11 October


Capsis draws on his musical influences yet again for this one-off special show. Having just finished the acclaimed tour of his personal play about his maternal Grandmother, ANGELA'S KITCHEN, Paul returns to his unique styled shows. Covering everything from The Beatles, Patti Smith, Prince, Janis Joplin, Lou Reed, Ray Charles, The Eurythmics, The Doors, Dusty Springfield, Amy Winehouse… a diverse list of songs that is seemingly never ending. A hypnotic journey through the senses of music under the musical leadership of Andrew Patterson and a three piece band. This is a non stop musical experience.

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Adrian Fini and the Art Gallery of Western Australia Awarded the State 2012 Woodside Better Business Award

5 September 2012

Last night Adrian Fini and AGWA won the Western Australian State 2012 Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Woodside Better Business Award.


This award recognises business volunteers or board members who help achieve significant business outcomes for arts and cultural organisations or artists.

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Comedy Talent on display at the Art Gallery of WA

23 August 2012

The Art Gallery of WA has announced two special nights of comedic debate with and artistic twist, as part of the second season of AGWA Nights. Hosted by well-known comedian Dave Callan, the AGWA Allsorts Comedy Debates will take place Friday 21 & 28 September.

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Bringing local music and global art together at AGWA

10 August 2012

The Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) and the West Australian Music Industry Association Inc (WAM) today announced their new collaboration, which will combine the music of local WA bands with the global art of Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters, in the second series of AGWA Nights.

Continuing on from the success of the jazz themed nights in Season One, AGWA Nights Season Two returns from September to November, with an exciting line-up of talented local bands including Diger Rockwell & Felicity Groom, Taal Naan, and the Joe Black Trio.

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Introducing Art Workshops & Lecture Series

25 July 2012

In Collaboration with the Central Institute of Technology, the Art Gallery of Western Australia is running Art Workshops and Lecture Series relating to the works in AGWA’s latest exhibition, Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters. These workshops and lectures give participants the opportunity to engage with the exhibition in new and exciting ways.

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Bright Young AGWA Guides Competition

17 July 2012

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is searching for WA’s best Bright Young AGWA Guides. AGWA, in partnership with the 2012 AWESOME Festival, is launching a competition to find six lucky young people to be tour guides at the Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters exhibition during the AWESOME Festival in October.

Children will have to explain in 100 words or less why they would like to be a tour guide for Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters. The lucky six who are selected will participate in a workshop with an AGWA Educator, where they will learn all about the fourteen Modern Masters in the exhibition and pick up some guiding techniques from our very experienced Gallery Guides.

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ARTBAR – where music, food, wine and art come together!

29 June 2012

Owl Eyes Thursday 16 August

Featuring twice in Triple J’s Hottest 100 this year, Owl Eyes brings together startling vocals and vivid lyrics. Owl Eyes will take you on a journey of escapism with her breezy, indie-pop songs.

After a successful year of summer festival appearances including: Homebake, Woodford Folk Festival & Pyramid Rock Festival, as well as supporting The Wombats, check Owl Eyes out at her exclusive Perth show.


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new york culture touches down in perth

13 June 2012

Art enthusiasts, it is time to celebrate! The planes have landed and the long journey across the Nullarbor is complete. The heart of New York culture has finally arrived, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) is opening its doors to showcase the much anticipated Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters from New York’s prestigious Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

An exclusive collaboration between AGWA and MoMA, Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters is the first in a series of six world-class exhibitions coming to Perth over the next three years and is on display at AGWA from 16 June to 3 December, 2012.

Gallery's Media Release

Minister's Media Release

 

ARTBAR Season 2012

28 May 2012

Now in its fourth year, ARTBAR brings four nights of international and national acts to the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Opening the 2012 season on Thursday 5 July will be acclaimed singer/songwriter Tim Finn, founding member of iconic New Zealand band Split Enz and one time member of Crowded House.

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Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters Film Festival

17 May 2012

From Spain to New York, the Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters Film Festival will transport you back to the lives of the modern masters. Join Friends of the Art Gallery of WA for a Festival of entertainment, food, films and APPRECIATING talks!

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New York culture hits the streets of Perth this winter

6 May 2012

Start spreading the news, the streets of Perth are about to come alive with New York’s vibrant
culture this winter.

In an exciting development for Perth, the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) has announced the six unique exhibitions that form the exclusive partnership series with New York’s prestigious Museum of  Modern Art (MoMA). As the only venue in the nation to display the works, the exhibitions at AGWA are set to transfix and captivate visitors, offering the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most iconic works.


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Minister's Media Release

 

Santos Year 12 Perspectives 2011 Winner is Caitlin Rash

4 April 2012

The Year 12 Perspectives 2011 Santos People’s Choice Award was awarded to Caitlin Rash whose work
Koi was voted the most popular by Gallery audiences. Over 28,000 people have visited this year’s exhibition, with thousands of votes cast.


John Anderson, Santos Vice President for WA and Northern Territory, presented Caitlin with her award and prize of a trip for two to the Art Gallery of South Australia for receiving the most votes from the WA
community.


Caitlin attended Applecross Senior High School. As part of her prize her school also received 30 tickets to visit the Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters exhibition from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, opening at the Gallery in June this year. One lucky voter also wins a season pass for two to this first MoMA exhibition.

Gallery's Media Release

 

JEFF WALL Photographs

15 February 2012

On display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia 26 May to 10 September 2012

Jeff Wall is recognised throughout the world 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 mostly large-scale photographs to present an overview of his extraordinary achievements
and features major works from over three decades of artistic and photographic innovation. Large 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.

Gallery's Media Release

 

Tom Malone Prize Winner 2012

10 February 2012

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2012 Tom Malone Prize for contemporary glass artists is Brian Corr for his work Ensō.

This year’s Prize was judged by Governor of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, Elizabeth Malone; AGWA’s Director, Stefano Carboni; glass artist, Klaus Moje; and AGWA’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Photography and Design, Robert Cook.

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Santos joins Perspectives as the new Principal Exhibition Sponsor

10 February 2012

The Art Gallery of WA is excited to announce that Santos Ltd (Santos) is the new Year 12 Perspectives Principal Exhibition Sponsor.


Year 12 Perspectives is a much loved WA institution. It showcases the emerging talent and creative passions of young Western Australians and gives our community a visual reflection of the issues, joys and concerns that occupy an emerging generation. The Gallery welcomes Santos for their support of this annual Gallery favourite.

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Year 12 Perspectives 2011

10 February 2012

The Year 12 Perspectives exhibition is here! Once again this popular annual event provides the platform to showcase selected works from students graduating from Year 12 Visual Arts.

Year 12 Perspectives 2011 promises to deliver works of technical excellence and emotional complexity.
A judging panel compiled from representatives from the Education Department, the Curriculum Council of Western Australia, Catholic Education and the Art Gallery of WA have selected 55 varied works across a range of medium and subject matter. This year a general theme of relationships and connectivity appears to have evolved across the diverse selection.


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Minister's Media Release

 


A new way to see Your Collection

31 January 2012

In an exciting new presentation, it is the first time Your Collection has been displayed chronologically; it traces art made in the early nineteenth century, locally and around the world, to the art of today. Your Collection 1800 – today brings together an extraordinary group of over 450 Western Australian  Indigenous and non-Indigenous, national and international art, craft and design from the State Art Collection. There are four principal areas of display which you can discover on the ground floors of both the Centenary Galleries and the main Gallery building.

Gallery's Media Release

 

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