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All media enquiries on exhibitions, events or requests for interviews and images unless otherwise stated should be directed to:

Tanya Sticca

Community Relations Co-ordinator, Media

Tel:    +618 9492 6692

Email: tanya.sticca@artgallery.wa.gov.au

 

2014 Media Releases:

Avedon’s revealing portraits unveiled at AGWA

30 July 2014

Following the successful first look at the Richard Avedon People exhibition at this morning’s media launch the Gallery is gearing up ahead of the official VIP opening tonight. Guests will be treated to an exclusive preview of this stunning photographic showcase before it opens to the public on Saturday 2 August. Richard Avedon People is on display at the Art Gallery of WA until 17 November 2014.


Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). Presenting 80 photographs from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture.

Gallery's Media Release

 

Silver Anniversary celebrates generosity of western Australians

3 July 2014

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation. To celebrate the anniversary of this vital body, a showcase of significant works acquired through the Foundation is on display until 1 December 2014.


Since its inception in 1989, the Foundation has enabled the Gallery to bring more than 4,500 works into the State Art Collection, representing 25% of AGWA’s holdings. In the last 5 years, the Foundation has accounted for 80% of all acquisitions.


The AGWA Foundation was formed by a passionate group of people with a shared vision for a state art collection of national and international significance.

Gallery's Media Release

 

Richard Avedon People

4 June 2014

Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004).
Presenting 80 photographs from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture.

Known for his exquisitely simple compositions, Avedon’s images express the essence of his subjects in charming and disarming ways. His work is also a catalogue of the who’s who of twentieth-century American culture. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, writers, politicians and counterculture leaders including Bob Dylan, Truman Capote, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Malcolm X, are presented alongside portraits of the unknown. Always accessible, they convey his profound concern with the emotional and social freedom of the individual.

Gallery's Media Release

 

Animal Ark

22 May 2014
Animals take over the walls of the Art Gallery of WA when AGWA’s latest exhibition, Animal Ark, opens on 7 June. Drawn from the State Art Collection, this free exhibition explores how generations of artists have incorporated the animal motif in their work and invites people to consider how animals are integral to our lives.

 

Created for a family audience, over 100 works explore the mythology, symbolism and representation of animals through painting, sculpture, decorative art, video and works on paper by historical, Indigenous and contemporary artists.

Gallery's Media Release

 

The Santos People’s Choice Award goes to…

30 April 2014

The Year 12 Perspectives 2013 Santos People’s Choice Award was awarded to Jessie Lee whose work Khmer Grandmother was voted the most popular by Gallery audiences.

Jessie attended John XXIII College. As part of her prize her school will also receive 30 tickets to visit the exhibition Richard Avedon: People, opening at the Art Gallery of WA on 2 August. One lucky voter also won a $150 AGWA Shop voucher and tickets to Richard Avedon: People simply for casting their vote in this year’s People’s Choice Award.

Gallery's Media Release

 

GUy Grey-Smith: art as life

7 March 2014
Guy Grey-Smith (1916-1981) was a Western Australian artist whose challenging paintings of the Western Australian landscape secured his position as an artist of national importance in the 1960s and 1970s.

Guy Grey-Smith: Art as Life is the first full retrospective of the work of Grey-Smith since his death. Featuring more than 120 works, the exhibition will focus on recurrent themes and motifs to illustrate his powerful and unique contribution to Australian painting in the post-war period.

Grey-Smith brought a new imaginative power to the depiction of the Western Australian landscape. Focused on painting “directly from nature”, Grey-Smith’s seemingly abstract paintings are in fact deeply felt and considered representations of specific places, many well-known to local audiences. His subjects extend from the oppressive, parched landscapes of the Pilbara to the lush karri forests around Pemberton, and the exhibition will illustrate how his search to create a connection with this subject matter was realised through the increasingly pared back compositions he developed.

Gallery's Media Release

Minister's Media Release

 

Winner Tom Malone Prize 2014

6 March 2014

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2014 Tom Malone Prize for contemporary glass artists is Mel Douglas for the work Camber.


Now in its twelth year, the Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected and eagerly anticipated event for contemporary Australian glass artists. This is reflected in the high quality of the prize winners and the competitive shortlists.

The Tom Malone Prize was established in 2003 as an annual event for Australian glass artists. An acquisitive prize, each year’s winning entry becomes a part of the State Art Collection.

Gallery's Media Release

 

ARTBAR 2014

13 February 2014

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


Ella Hooper | Thursday 8 May | $42+bf | ONLY PERTH SHOW

The Paper Kites | Thursday 19 June | $45+bf | ONLY PERTH SHOW

Gallery's Media Release

 

Art through the eyes of our youth

12 February 2014

Year 12 Perspectives is here again and celebrating its twenty-second year. Each year, this highly popular exhibition presents work from some of Western Australia’s talented graduating year 12 visual art students.


This year’s judging panel has selected 56 works of technical excellence and emotional complexity, across a variety of subject matter and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving image, photography and textiles.

Gallery's Media Release

 

Gallery celebrates launch of IMPACT with extended hours

30 January 2014

Saturday 1 February will see the Art Gallery of Western Australia open IMPACT, its new exhibition of contemporary art acquisitions, and open the Gallery doors until 7pm during February.

Featuring the work of 25 Australian and international artists, IMPACT showcases a selection of recent acquisitions to the State Art Collection with a focus on video works, together with sculpture, paintings and works on paper.

Several ground floor and first floor galleries, home to the Your Collection displays, A Private View: Modern Masters from the Kerry Stokes Collection and IMPACT, will stay open until 7pm. Only the Centenary Gallery will close earlier. Guided tours, pop-up music performances and a chilled rest area will make the Gallery a relaxing space during the sometimes hectic month of Feb.

Gallery's Media Release

 

Western Australian Indigenous Art Award People’s Choice Winner Revealed

15 January 2014

Brian Robinson from Waiben (Thursday Island), Queensland, has won the People’s Choice Award of $5,000 in the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013.


Brian Robinson received the highest number of votes from the public; Ray Ken and Minyawe Miller were awarded second and third place respectively.

Gallery's Media Release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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