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.