Tag: Edmund Capon


What sort of director does the AGNSW need?

Saturday, January 21st, 2012 Blog,

As a man walked down the aisle towards his bride-to-be, the best man whispered to him: “You are making the biggest mistake of your life.” Within a few months those words had rung true. Is it too late to stop the Art Gallery of NSW making the same mistake? When Edmund Capon announced last August […]

Art Essays

The last days of the Caponian empire

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 Australian Art, Blog,

What a deathly year it has been for artists! In quick succession we have lost Cy Twombly, Lucian Freud, and now John Hoyland. The latter was especially disturbing, as I had just contributed a catalogue essay to his exhibition with Charles Nodrum in Melbourne. Logically there is nothing surprising about someone dying at a ripe […]

Art Essays

Edmund Capon & his legacy

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

This won’t be the first or last time that someone declares Edmund Capon a hard act to follow. In his thirty-one years as director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Capon has taken a provincial, down-at-heel institution and turned it into a Grade-A showcase for Australian and international art. Yet he leaves at time when […]

Art Essays

I Blame Duchamp: My Life’s Adventures in Art

Thursday, October 1st, 2009 Book Reviews,

I Blame Duchamp: My Life’s Adventures in Art By Edmund Capon This is not the book many people have been expecting. After more than thirty years as director of the Art Gallery of NSW it might seem that Edmund Capon has earned the right to publish a lively, candid, slightly scandalous memoir. There is a […]