Curator’s Lectures

Past program

NGV Australia, Federation Square

Ground Level

Born on the same year in 1939, George Baldessin and Brett Whiteley both became highly successful in their respective cities of Melbourne and Sydney.

Before viewing Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions, hear from exhibition curator Sasha Grishin AM about the lives and careers of both artists.

Tickets to individual lectures can be purchased using the drop-down boxes below.

To receive a 10% discount, purchase tickets to both lectures here.

This is an Auslan interpreted program.


Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA is an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University and works internationally as an art historian, art critic and curator. In 2004 he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, in 2005 he was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Australian art and art history and in 2008 was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.  He has published over twenty-five books and over two thousand articles and catalogue essays dealing with various aspects of art. Sasha Grishin is the guest curator of Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions.

Sat 8 Sep, 11am–12pm (Past)

George Baldessin was an unpredictable figure in the Australian art scene in the 1960s and 1970s who, to some extent, reinvented the art of etching and created a distinctive language in his sculpture.

Sat 15 Sep, 11am–12pm (Past)

Brett Whiteley had a magnetic personality that attracted both friends and controversy.  Through his paintings, sculptures and prints he gave a new and memorable expression to the spirit of his times.

Talks and discussions Australia Contemporary Baldessin / Whiteley NGV Australia, Federation Square