Detail from Tony Albert Self-portrait (ash on me), acrylic on linen.
102 x 102 cm
© the artist Photo: Jenni Carter, AGNSW
The packers' favourite has gained prominence and there are few portraits of politicians in this year's popular art prize. The stand out work is a deceptively innocent re-appropriation of Aboriginal kitsch.
Andrew Wyeth stands by a creek on his Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania property in 1964.
AP Photo/Bill Ingraham
His rise was just as swift as his fall. To mark the painter's 100th birthday, an art historian explores the forces – cultural, political and personal – that created a polarizing legacy.
Hopper's brand of Americanism was a counterpoint to American optimism. Fifty years after his death, his legacy lives on.
The pigments can look very different when viewed with terahertz ‘eyes’.
Artworks can look very different if you view them with more than the unaided eye, and that can help you spot the fake from the genuine.
James Gleeson’s Delenda est Carthago offers a striking visualisation of a collapsing civilisation.
A new art festival featuring climate-related works offers a new way to see an issue that is often framed in purely scientific terms.
Part of Charles Blackman’s The Exchange, 1952,
oil on plywood on composition board.
91.7 x 91.7 cm
National Gallery of Victoria © Charles Blackman
Today, the idea of a male artist making a major series of paintings about schoolgirls, or any sort of children, sits uncomfortably with the public. But these were memorable and original works when painted in the 1950s.
A detail from Vincent Van Gogh’s, Olive grove with two olive pickers, December 1889 Saint-Rémy, oil on canvas 73.3 x 92.2 cm.
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo © Collection Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands
The pickers and sinewy olives in this painting all strain upward towards the hope of spiritual salvation. But six months after he completed it, Vincent Van Gogh walked out into a wheat field and shot himself.
Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows. John Constable, 1830-1.
Why a mysteriously placed rainbow made perfect symbolic sense – and how weather experts knew the exact date that it appeared.
Rose Skinner opened her bespoke gallery in 1958.
Rose Skinner opened her Perth gallery in 1958. But her contribution to the art world has been skimmed in Christopher Heathcote's recent look at Australia's early art market.
‘Maus’ and ‘Watchmen’ are two of the most well-known graphic novels.
The graphic novel has become a literary phenomenon, but the name doesn't adequately describe the medium's flexibility, diversity and potential.
Detail of Judy Watson, black ground (1989) courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria.
© Judy Watson/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
Judy Watson pours ochre and pigment onto unstretched canvases laid on the ground. The puddling and drying created an image of a simple termite mound with a profound connection to country.
Virtual reality model of the west wall of the guild chapel, Stratford on Avon.
© University of York
Due to recent restoration, the paintings are clearer than they have ever been over the last 600 years.
Jackson Pollock, Blue poles, 1952.
© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
This quintessential modern art movement couldn't have gained precedence without the work of critics – and the Cold War.
Mike Parr’s performance work ‘Jackson Pollock the female’ is part homage and part sabotage.
National Gallery of Australia
Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles is one of Australia's most famous cultural acquisitions. When Mike Parr lay supine before it, streaked with his own blood, he offered a new way of looking at the act of painting.
Paul Stopforth (b. 1946) ‘Elegy’ (1980). Graphite and wax on paper on board: 149 x 240 cm.
Courtesy Durban Art Gallery
Works like "Elegy" are ciphers for what it means to be human and vulnerable within a social and political regime in which not all bodies are considered equal
The X-rays of the Australian Synchrotron reveal a remarkably clear picture of the woman’s face.
It took cutting edge technology and a collaboration between the Australian Synchrotron and the CSIRO to reveal the mysterious hidden lady in Degas's famous painting.
Elizabeth I of England, the Armada portrait, 1590.
The value of the Armada painting, soon to go on show in Greenwich, lies in its masterful storytelling.
The Man in the Black Cravat, now by Lucian Freud.
How expert opinion can out-trump the artist's own word.
Georgiana Houghton, The Eye of God (c.1862), watercolour. Victorian Spiritualists’ Union, Melbourne, Australia / Courtauld Gallery, London.
Many of their extraordinary artworks are now on show in a new exhibition.
Louise Hearman, Barry, oil paint on masonite 69.5 x 100 cm.
Photo: © AGNSW, Nick Kreisler
This year's Archibald Prize winner is a painting with great affection for its subject. Louise Hearman's Barry was a surprise choice – but it deserves to find an ultimate home in the National Portrait Gallery.