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Listing State NSW

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney, NSW 2000

Jeffrey Smart
constructed world
Until 29 September

A display of the Gallery’s leading collection of works by Jeffrey Smart including recent acquisitions.

Jeffrey Smart’s vision of the urban landscape formed one of the most distinctive bodies of work in late 20th-century Australian art. A geometry of concrete wastelands, jewel-toned apartment blocks and reflective road signs became the subjects of Smart’s precisely rendered paintings and drawings. In a career that spanned seven decades, he forged an idiosyncratic realist style, capturing the stillness and beauty of the industrialised world with metaphysical nuance and a refined clarity of vision.

The Art Gallery of NSW holds the largest public collection of Smart’s works, recently bolstered by a major gift of 27 drawings from his estate. Selected highlights of this new acquisition will be exhibited for the first time at the Gallery alongside celebrated paintings from the collection.

The exhibition reflects different stages and places of Smart’s career, from his early years in Adelaide; through the 1950s and early 1960s in Sydney; to his later years in Italy where he produced masterpieces such as Truck and trailer approaching a city 1973 and Portrait of Clive James 1991—92.

Free admission.

P J Kool - Culture, Cancer and Cloth

Xavier Art Space, Level 4, St Vincent’s Hospital, 390 Victoria St, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

P J Kool – Culture, Cancer and Cloth
Xavier Art Space
July 12 – August 15
Opening night: Friday 12 July, 5-7pm

A Photographic Exhibition by Melbourne Photographer/Visual Artist Pamela Kleemann-Passi

The P J Kool exhibition is a series of playful photographs of the late Congolese musician, Passi Jo, made while he was a cancer in-patient at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, his adopted home. They reference la sape, a sub-cultural anti-establishment, non-violent movement that he was a part of in his African homeland of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, and in Paris. La Sape means Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance (from the French “La Societé des Ambienceurs et des Personnes Èlégantes”). It is about harmony in mind, body and soul. “The Sape is the art of creating beautiful harmonies from the combination of colours and styles to highlight the elegance of a suit and the manner of the sapeur”.

Passi Jo rose from his hospital bed and dressed for the camera, suited up in brightly coloured, well-pressed pyjamas ‘la sape-style’, to reconnect with and celebrate his culture, and be transported from a life defined by cancer to one of feeling the joy, style and swagger of living. Participating in these photographs enabled him to share his culture with the hospital staff and other patients. Like the Sapeurs, he created atmosphere, ambience and colour in an otherwise confronting and emotionally fraught medical environment. The P J Kool exhibition aligns illness and creative practice, highlighting the crucial role the arts can play in health and well-being, disease and illness.

Hours: 8am – 8pm

Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus, Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere, NSW 2216

Australia – China Institute for Arts and Culture Gallery (Parramatta Campus)

13 May – 12 July 2019
Adam Chang’s Panda’s and Treasures

18 July – 4 October
Chasing the Mountain Light
An exhibition featuring photographs by Yan Zhang.

Gallery open Monday – Thursday 10 am – 3pm.
Parking $9.00 per day.
Ground floor, EA Building, Room EA.G.13, Parramatta Campus
Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere 2216
T: (02) 9685 9943

Margaret Whitlam Galleries, Female Orphan School (Parramatta Campus)

9 August – 23 October 2019
Balnhdhurr – A lasting Impression
An exhibition celebrating the Yirrkala Print Space presented by Artback NT in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, exhibited by Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University.

Gallery open, Wednesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm and the first Saturday of each month. Parking $9.00 per day.
First Level, West Wing, EZ Building, Parramatta Campus
Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere 2116.
T: (02) 9685 9210

Margot Hardy Gallery (Bankstown Campus)

2 July- 9 August 2019
An exhibition featuring artworks by students from Belmore South Public School.

13 August – 4 October 2019
Our Journey through Japan
An exhibition featuring artworks by students from Greenway Park Primary School.

Gallery open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5pm.
Parking: $7.00 per day.
Foyer, Building 23, Bankstown Campus, Bullecourt Avenue, Milperra 2214.
T (02) 4620-3450