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Edmund Capon, 2011

Gary Grealy

inkjet print on paper (frame: 150.0 cm x 118.3 cm, image: 100.0 cm x 74.5 cm)

Edmund Capon AM OBE (1940–2019), gallery director, began his career at London’s Victorian and Albert Museum in 1966. Having completed an MPhil in Chinese art and archaeology (including language), he was appointed assistant keeper in the Far Eastern Section in 1973. Acknowledged as a specialist in his field, he made three visits to China between 1974 and 1978, during the first seeing the initial excavations revealing the ‘entombed warriors’ in Xian. In 1976 the Australia Council and Art Exhibitions Australia commissioned him to write Art and Archaeology in China to accompany the touring show The Chinese Exhibition: a selection of recent archaeological finds of the People’s Republic of China (1977). In 1978 he became the first internationally trained art historian and curator to be appointed director of the Art Gallery of NSW. He held the position for 33 years, continuing to research, write and publish while overseeing significant building expansion, establishing a corporate foundation to fund purchases, steering collection development and curating many important exhibitions. The Entombed Warriors (1983) broke all records, nationally, by recording over 800 000 paying attendees. Along with Australian and British honours, he gained French and Italian awards for his contribution to art and culture. He was made an honorary Doctor of Letters of the University of New South Wales in 2000.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2013
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2013.37

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 Finalist

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Gary Grealy (age 61 in 2011)

Edmund Capon AM OBE (age 71 in 2011)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.