Let’s confess

We’ve been locked down for so long that normal social mores seem a distant memory. As restrictions lift, perhaps it’s time to confess to some of the behaviour we’ve engaged in behind closed doors. Gluttony, pride, envy, sloth, lust, greed, wrath… Can you recognise any of the seven deadly sins in these works from the Gallery’s collection – or in your ‘iso’ self?

Jeremias Falck

Jeremias Falck, after Bernardo Strozzi Vanitas 17th century. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1987

Ugo Rondinone

Ugo Rondinone if there were anywhere but desert. wednesday 2000. Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. © the artist

Rosemary Laing

Rosemary Laing a dozen useless actions for grieving blondes #10 2009. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales, the Ruth Komon Bequest in memory of Rudy Komon and the Photography Collection Benefactors’ Program 2009. © Rosemary Laing

James Rosenquist

James Rosenquist Spaghetti 1970. Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of Fred Genis 1991. © James Rosenquist, 1970/VAGA. Licensed by Copyright Agency 2002

Salvatore Zofrea

Salvatore Zofrea Jealousy 1994–1999. Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of the artist 2002. © Salvatore Zofrea. Licensed by Copyright Agency

Julian Ashton

Julian Ashton The prospector 1889. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1889

George Rayner Hoff

Rayner Hoff Faun and nymph 1924. Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of the Rayner Hoff Memorial Committee 1938