Exhibition Program / New Commissions

A range of major new performances and installation-based works will transform the Art Gallery of New South Wales over five months of anniversary celebrations.

Alicia Frankovich

The Work

Saturday 14 September 2019, 1-2pm
Saturday 28 September 2019, 1-2pm
Art Gallery of NSW, Entrance Court

Alicia Frankovich presents a new, large-scale choreography, commissioned by Kaldor Public Art Projects.

Performed by those who have worked behind-the-scenes across the organisation’s 50-year history, from gardeners to models, Frankovich’s work explores the language of public art and offers renewed insights into the Kaldor Public Art Projects archive, revealed through actions and physical arrangements.

Agatha Gothe-Snape

Lion's Honey

Saturday 7 September 2019 – 16 February 2020, 11am–4pm
Art Gallery of NSW, Lower level 2

Each day of Making Art Public a performer occupies the exhibition space by reading to themselves a chosen book. Starting with David Grossman’s Lion’s Honey, gifted to the artist by John Kaldor, the performers — including the artist herself — will accumulate books of their own choosing to read throughout the exhibition.

Ian Milliss

Natural Parallels 2

Saturday 7 September – Sunday 16 February 2020
Art Gallery of NSW, Western Stairwell

Ian Milliss’s Natural Parallels 2 references a period of transition that occurred for him at the time of the early Kaldor Public Art Projects. His focus then shifted from conventional art-making to a socially and politically engaged practice, prompted by his acute awareness and exploration of space.

Imants Tillers

A New World Rises

Saturday 7 September – Sunday 13 October 2019
Art Gallery of NSW, Entrance court

Imants Tillers’ A New World Rises pays homage to the first Kaldor public Art Project: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia. Tillers helped to install the large-scale public artwork in 1969 and credits the experience as first inspiring his ambition to become an artist.