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The best art exhibitions and events in Sydney

Sam Leach: Fully Automatic
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Sam Leach: Fully Automatic

The artist embraces artificial intelligence in a brave new world in this exciting exhibition

Printing in Solidarity
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Printing in Solidarity

Hugh Van Schaick reached out to fellow artists to start this print sale raising funds for First Nations charities

World Press Photo
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World Press Photo

One of Sydney’s most popular annual exhibitions, it brings together the most astonishing photojournalism

Bundeena and Maianbar Art Trail
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Bundeena and Maianbar Art Trail

Meet the local artists in this cute coastal village about an hour’s drive from Sydney

Art exhibitions to see in Sydney

Your guide to contemporary, fine and Indigenous art in Sydney

The best art exhibitions in Sydney this month
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The best art exhibitions in Sydney this month

Galleries are reopening, hurrah, so here's your guide to what's out there for keen culture vultures to feast on

Your guide to the Biennale of Sydney 2020
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Your guide to the Biennale of Sydney 2020

Wiradjuri man Brook Andrew takes the reins as the Biennale’s first Indigenous Australian artistic director 

Where to find Sydney's best street art
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Where to find Sydney's best street art

Dodge the gallery crowds and take in exciting art with a message to convey in the great outdoors

The best public art in Sydney
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The best public art in Sydney

Revitalising laneways, commercial precincts and public squares, these artworks aren't afraid to show off in public

Upcoming events and exhibitions

Artworks from Hokusai and Murakami are coming to Sydney in an epic Japanese exhibition
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Artworks from Hokusai and Murakami are coming to Sydney in an epic Japanese exhibition

For the last two years, the Art Gallery of NSW has focussed on Europe in its big summer exhibitions: the Netherlands in Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age (2017-18), and Russia and France in Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage (2018-19). But next summer is all about Japan with an epic exhibition of more than 200 artworks from artists past and present. Japan Supernatural will be at the AGNSW from late 2019 and features most prominently work from the country's most influential artist, Katsushika Hokusai – there's no word yet if one of the many prints of his 'Great Wave' masterpiece will be making its way to Sydney – and pieces from superstar artist Takashi Murakami, who'll show a massive supernatural installation in the gallery. If you've never heard of Murakami, here's what you need to know: he's collaborated with Louis Vuitton, designed the covers for two Kanye West albums and directed one of his music videos, and in 2008 was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.  The AGNSW exhibition is promising to take a broad view on Japanese art and be "theatrical" and "multisensory". Colour us intrigued.  There'll be paintings, prints, Japanese cinema and animation, sculpture, contemporary comics and games. There's work from Japan's past from Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Kawanabe Kyosai, with contemporary work from Chiho Aoshima and Miwa Yanagi. Don't wait until the end of 2019: Head to this summer's big show at the AGNSW a

Cornelia Parker is bringing her bold art installations to Sydney
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Cornelia Parker is bringing her bold art installations to Sydney

This year, the Museum of Contemporary Art's big summer show is impressive but a touch on the modest side: a career retrospective of South African photographer David Goldblatt. Next year they're back into more obvious summer blockbuster territory, with an exhibition focussed on British artist Cornelia Parker. Parker is considered one of England's biggest and most influential art stars from the last few decades and was made a member of the Order of the British Empire in 2010. But the thing that really excites us? In 1995 she collaborated with Tilda Swinton on a performance work in which Swinton slept inside a glass case, in public view, in the middle of a gallery. As far as we know, Swinton won't be napping at the MCA.   Cornelia Parker at the Parliament of the United Kingdom Photograph: Jessica Taylor   Instead, at the centre of the MCA's exhibition is Parker's breakthrough work from 1991, 'Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View', which features a garden shed she had the actual British Army blow up with explosives. She then suspended all the fragments as they appeared in the moment immediately after explosion and placed a bright light in the centre of them, casting shadows of those fragments all around the gallery space. It's those large-scale installations for which she's best known, transforming everyday objects and suspending them in that moment of transformation. But the exhibition goes a lot further than that, and will feature more than 40 artworks, including sculp