The Art Gallery of NSW has many things going for it. A stunning location, a stately and beautiful building, amazing exhibits all year round and a loyal clientele of Australians and visitors every day of the year. There's also a fine gallery shop. We were there to see this year's entries for the Archibald Prize for portrait painting and were not disappointed. 54 varied and evocative portraits in every imaginable style, with helpful comments on each one. The entries for the Wynne Prize for landscape painting of figurative sculpture were also worth a look but, with few exceptions, were rather less impressive. Stephen Pong's 'Broken Well' was a highlight and great fun, however. The Sulman Prize entries were, as always, unsettling, fascinating and full of imagination - this prize really encourages fresh creativity.
We found the Lost Prince and the Winter Queen exhibition from London's National Portrait Gallery educational and well worth a visit, as was the Plumes and Pearlshells exhibition on the art of the New Guinea highlands - comprehensive and fascinating. By this time, we had reached sensory overload, which is often the case in this wonderful gallery. But we'll be back soon!
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