On a Happier Note…

April 18, 2007 at 4:32 am (Uncategorized)

I just got this e-newsletter from the Art Gallery of NSW, so I thought I’d pass along a bit of good news seeing as yesterday’s and today’s headlines are so devastatingly awful.

It’s a small thing, but it’s still worth knowing, and it’s absolutely still worth celebrating. JP Morgan has generously underwritten a 3 year free admission policy at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills (2 Raper St, to be precise, open Saturdays and Sundays only). And that’s cool. I hope that means many more people spend a bit of time checking out not only Whiteley’s work, but the place in which he created a lot of it. It’s a great space, and his studio has, for some time now, been converted into a permanent exhibition venue for Whiteley’s work. If you haven’t ever been, you really should go. His paintings are cheeky and superb – very lively, pulsing, and sexual – and I personally covet his pelican sculptures to the point of mild obsession. I just love them.

Around the corner is a really fantastic bakery – sorry, I can’t remember the name, but it’s on Bourke St – where you can pull up a milk crate, have an excellent coffee, a divine, melt-in-your-mouth baked good, and a moment of reflection about all that you’ve seen – and afterwards you can wander around some strange streets letting yourself get a little bit gloriously lost. All over Surry Hills there’s great little galleries and stores full of art and design. Make a day of it, or at least half a day. Trust me. It’s really worth it. Oh, that’s right, it’s free!

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