Author Archives: Work of the week

Zhang Huan Shanghai family tree 2001

In 1999 the internationally renowned Chinese performance and video artist, sculptor and photographer Zhang Huan wrote of his distinctive approach to his practice: ‘The body is the only direct way through which I come to know society and society comes …  More

John Brack The bar 1954

While the history of art remained an important touchstone and source of inspiration for John Brack throughout his career, The bar is one of few examples of his work in which there is a direct connection to an artistic precedent. …  More

Persian Portrait of a prince examining an arrow (late 16th century-early 17th century)

This portrait was probably painted during the reign of Shah Abbas (1587–1629), whose rule marked a period of stability and consolidation within the Persian Empire and saw the capital at Isfahan established in 1600.   As well as wall paintings decorating …  More

Donald Judd Untitled (1969-1971)

In the 1960s Donald Judd proposed a new way of making and experiencing art, breaking ground in the exploration of volume, interval, space and colour. He favoured industrial materials such as aluminium, perspex, sheet metal and plywood. From the mid …  More

Fred Williams Cape York bushfire (2) (1977)

After his return to Australia from London in 1956, Fred Williams turned his attention to painting the Australian landscape, depicting it in such a distinctive and fresh way that, for many, his art transformed their vision of it. The Cape …  More

Minton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Clock garniture 1871

Among the outstanding ceramic artists lured to the Minton factory during the second half of the nineteenth century was Marc-Louis-Emmanuel Solon, a former principal designer and decorator at the Sèvres factory in France. He perfected the decorating technique of pâte-sur-pâte …  More

The Sydney Bird Painter Boobook owl (c. 1790-1800)

This watercolour is the earliest Australian work in the NGV Collection. The boobook owl was drawn by an unidentified artist, possibly a member of the First Fleet, whose hand has also been identified in watercolours held in the Mitchell Library, …  More