The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Rowan Callick

high­lights not just the ob­jects but the ethos, the open, in­quir­ing, tal­ented spirit of those glob­al­is­ing times. It cel­e­brates the Tang dy­nasty (618-907), which most peo­ple in China view as a rare sheng­shi, or golden age. The 130-plus ob­jects — gold, sil­ver, glass and ce­ram­ics be­sides sculp­tures and mu­rals — come from 11 cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions co­or­di­nated through the Shaanxi Cul­tural Ex­change and Pro­mo­tion Cen­tre. Pang Yani, the Shaanxi mu­seum’s di­rec­tor, says: “The Tang cul­ture was char­ac­terised by val­ues we are still seek­ing at present. They re­main paramount to­day.” Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Syd­ney. Thurs-Tues, 10am5pm; Wed, 10am-10pm. Ad­mis­sion: $8-$16. Book­ings: (02) 9225 1744. Un­til July 10. Arthur Boyd: Mys­te­ri­ous Eyes A young man whose soft fea­tures be­trayed the in­ten­sity of his own self-im­age, Aus­tralian mod­ernist painter Arthur Boyd por­trayed oth­ers with equally con­cen­trated emo­tion. In this fo­cus exhibition, Boyd’s self-por­trait at age 25 will be dis­played along­side a se­ries of his por­traits of oth­ers. National Por­trait Gallery, King Ed­ward Ter­race, Parkes, Can­berra. Daily, 10am-5pm. In­quiries: (02) 6102 7000 or on­line. Un­til Au­gust 14.

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