Art & Design

Sep 16, 2011

The legacy of our departing gallery gurus

With the retirement of Edmund Capon from the Art Gallery of NSW and Gerard Vaughan from the National Gallery of Victoria within weeks of each other, two of the biggest jobs in the Australian art world are open.

Ben Eltham — <em>Crikey</em> arts commentator

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

The key roles at Australia’s two largest public galleries are vacant.

With the retirement of Edmund Capon from the Art Gallery of NSW and Gerard Vaughan from the National Gallery of Victoria within weeks of each other, two of the biggest jobs in the Australian art world are open simultaneously. It’s a time of considerable excitement and transformation for the two stately institutions, which pre-date Federation.

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3 thoughts on “The legacy of our departing gallery gurus

  1. Stephen

    One can only hope they do better than the past two at NGA, quintessential society-gallery directors that they are.

  2. paddy

    It would be nice, if even just one of the new directors was a woman. (Hi Betty)

  3. Stiofan

    Capon was definitely higher-profile than Vaughan, but it doesn’t appear to have translated into any particular benefit for the AGNSW. As a Sydneysider, it almost pains me to admit it, but the NGV p*sses all over the AGNSW. Leaving aside the far better collection at the NGV, the AGNSW suffers from cramped exhibition spaces and a far less interesting range of travelling exhibitions.

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