Art Gallery of NSW collection

The Art Gallery of NSW is rehanging its collection of Australian Art for the first time in 10 years in an expanded exhibition space. Instead of displaying artworks in a strict chronological order, the rehang mixes old works with new. In the Lowy Gonski gallery, Janet Laurence’s installation, The memory of nature 2010, will be surrounded by Elioth Gruner’s Spring frost 1919 and landscapes by Hans Heysen and Lloyd Rees. Elsewhere, Sidney Nolan and Russell Drysdale share wall space with contemporary photographer Rosemary Laing, while the two Archibald-winning portraits of the late Margaret Olley by William Dobell in 1948 and Ben Quilty in 2011 will be on public display nearby, side by side for the first time. The new display of Australian art will be open to the public on May 12 and 13 with a program of speeches by artists, writers and curators as well as music performances, films and art-making workshops. Follow us on http:/www.twitter.com/photos/SMH