Asia Pacific artists headline Sydney Modern commission

AGNSW commissioned nine of the most current artists of our times to create site-specific works for Sydney Modern, due to open later this year.

Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) has announced the first commissioned artists for the gallery’s groundbreaking expansion project, Sydney Modern – a new standalone gallery that will almost double AGNSW’s existing exhibition space.

Said to be the largest commissioning program in AGNSW’s 150 year history, the nine Australian and international artists are Lorraine Connelly-Northey (Waradgerie / VIC) Karla Dickens (Wiradjuri / NSW), Simryn Gill (Singapore / Australia), Jonathan Jones (Wiradjuri / Kamilaroi / NSW), Yayoi Kusama (Japan), Richard Lewer (VIC), Lee Mingwei (Taiwanese-American), Lisa Reihana (Maori / NZ) and Francis Upritchard (NZ).

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_