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Wynne Prize 2017 finalist James Drinkwater, ‘Passage to Rungli Rungliot’, oil on hardboard, 180x360cm. © the artist Photo: Felicity Jenkins, AGNSW

Politics of landscape: the 2017 Wynne Prize finalists

The standard of the 2017 Wynne finalists is as haphazard as previous years, hampered by a sense of tokenism and conventional landscapes, but works by Napanyapa Yunupingu and Juz Kitson stand out.
Detail from Tony Albert Self-portrait (ash on me), acrylic on linen. 102 x 102 cm © the artist Photo: Jenni Carter, AGNSW

The Archibald finalists – and why Tony Albert deserves to win

The packers' favourite has gained prominence and there are few portraits of politicians in this year's popular art prize. The stand out work is a deceptively innocent re-appropriation of Aboriginal kitsch.
The 2015 Wynne Prize winner is Natasha Bieniek, with Biophilia, oil on dibond. © Natasha Bieniek. Photography courtesy of © AGNSW, Diana Panuccio.

Congratulations Natasha Bieniek, but the Wynne Prize is deeply flawed

The Wynne Prize has been notoriously male-dominated. What does this year's winning artwork by Natasha Bieniek tell us about the nature of this particular award and how we can improve it?
Tim Maguire’s portrait of Cate Blanchett is one of the finalists for this year’s Archibald Prize. AGNSW

Populist candy-floss or not, the Archibald Prize soldiers on

The real spectacle of the Archibald Portrait Prize emerges behind the scenes. Each year, the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) loading dock turns into a frenzy of artwork arrivals and departures…
The Young Archie is a new category in the annual Archibald Prize. But should it be abandoned? AAP Image/Paul Miller

Eye on the prize

Prizes are a common feature on the cultural economy landscape. In Australia there is the famous Archibald Prize for portraiture, there are numerous prizes for literature and poetry, the AFI Awards in film…
Namatjira, by Imants Tillers, which won the 2013 Wynne Prize. Art Gallery of NSW

Times change but the art establishment rolls on

It was the 1960s when a curator – who shall remain nameless – was ordered to hang Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira’s work in his gallery. He hung the painting next to the ladies toilet with a vase of…
Vernon Ah Kee - I see Deadly people, Lex Wotton.

Judging the Archibald: the rules of the game

UPDATE: Tim Storrier has won the 2012 Archibald prize for his self-portrait, The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch). Shortly after noon today, Steven Lowy, president of the trustees of the Art Gallery of…

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