Gordon Darling with former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1990 when he was chairman of the American friends of the Australian National Gallery.

Gordon Darling with former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1990 when he was chairman of the American friends of the Australian National Gallery.

The American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia was established in 1983 by L Gordon Darling AC, CMG, with the help of a small number of prominent New Yorkers who had links with Australia.

A consummate supporter of the visual arts, Mr Darling sought their help to enrich Australia's national art collection and his endeavors resulted in this generous foundation. 

In the three decades since its founding, AFNGA has facilitated the National Gallery of Australia’s acquisition of more than 350 works of art, valued in excess of $35 million.  With AFNGA’s support, the NGA has acquired major works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Lloyd Wright and many others, for all Australians to enjoy.

AFNGA is guided by an eminent group of Australian expatriate and American art enthusiasts, collectors, academics and professionals who use their corporate, personal and philanthropic ties to help further AFNGA’s mission.