Thursday, May 12, 2011

AGNSW Excursion

Caitlin has suggested a visit to the Art Gallery of NSW next Wednesday evening (18 May) see Caitlin's comments below).

I'd encourage you all to visit the Gallery and to wear your Architecture goggles. Walter Liberty Vernon's original building is very fine (pay attention to the facade as well as the interior). Andrew Anderson's first extension is, for me, his masterpiece. The Asian Wing by Johnson Pilton Walker is also very very fine.

The photographs below are by Max Dupain and show the lovely integration of the Anderson extension and Vernon's original building. The first photo is from an interview with Andersons and the second photo is from the National Archives of Australia.

I'd like to suggest perhaps another time though. The New Contemporary Galleries featuring the John Kaldor Family Collection opens on the weekend of the 21st. What I know of the Kaldor collection it'll be worth waiting for. Would there be any interest in a visit on Sunday 22nd or after Uni Wednesday on the 25th? I'd be happy to visit with you guys then (and show you my favorite bits), but only if more than 5 people are interested. Comment below to flag interest.


  1. I am very interested in going to the gallery. Hopefully we can get five people together as it would be nice to discuss the contrasting architecture. Both the 22nd and 25th are fine for me.

  2. I am in and available for both dates! : )

  3. Sounds good. I am available for the 25th after design!

  4. I'm interested in going to the gallery! and available for the 25th after design :)