Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture is the result of a partnership between the National Portrait Gallery and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney. The two-site exhibition brings together works by artists living and working in mainland China who engage with the circumstances of life through portraiture, broadly defined. The portrait of a figure or a face becomes a means to express larger concerns about the situation of China and its people in the present. The works, spanning the decades since the beginning of China’s ‘open door’ policy in 1978, are drawn from the Sigg Collection, Switzerland and the M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong, together one of the world’s most important collections of experimental Chinese art.
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
13 September 2012 – 17 February 2013
$10 / $8 Circle of Friends and concessions
Children 12 and under free
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney
15 September – 1 December 2012
Digital Portraiture Award
The inaugural iD Digital Portraiture Award is an annual event intended to extend traditional notions of portraiture and reflects the National Portrait Gallery’s commitment to fostering emerging artists between the ages of 18 and 30 years old with an interest in contemporary technology.
Elegance in exile
Portrait drawings from colonial Australia
Elegance in exile is an exhibition surveying the work of Richard Read senior, Thomas Bock, Thomas Griffiths Wainewright and Charles Rodius: four artists who, though exiled to Australia as convicts, created many of the most significant and elegant portraits of the colonial period.