Peter Wegner’s Guy Warren in his 100th Year, winner of the 2021 Archibald Prize.
AGNSW/Peter Wegner/Photo Jenni Carter
In its centenary year, the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales could not resist the symbolism of awarding the Archibald Prize to Peter Werner’s portrait of the 100 year old Guy Warren.
Winner: Archibald Prize 1972: Clifton Pugh. ‘The Hon EG Whitlam’ 1972. Oil on composition board, 113.5 x 141.5 cm.
© Estate of Clifton Pugh
It’s 100 years since the Art Gallery of NSW first held the Archibald Prize. Though loathed by some critics, it is an annual snapshot of the kind of society we are, and who our heroes might be.
Filipiniana (self-portrait in collaboration with Maella Santiago Pearl)
The Archibald Prize celebrates its centenary with a list of finalists that includes plenty of artists’ portraits and some notable change makers.
Painting Queen Charlotte, the artist Nathaniel Dance-Holland employed quite a bit of creative licence, if her courtiers and critics are to be believed.
Not everything that was painted can be taken as fact.
‘Portrait of a Woman of the Hofer Family,’ Swabian artist, c. 1470, and a picture showing a fly on U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence during the Oct. 7 debate at University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
(Wikimedia Commons/AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Flies have long held symbolic meaning in the history of art. In portraits made in Renaissance Europe, the presence of a fly symbolizes the transience of human life.
Vincent Namatjira’s Stand strong for who you are, acrylic on linen, 152 x 198 cm.
Photo: AGNSW/Mim Stirling
For the first time in its 99 year-history, the Archibald Prize has been won by an Indigenous painter. The Wynne and Sulman Prize winners also signal a time of change.
Known as Mary Beale’s ‘Portrait of a Mathematician,’ could the circa 1680 painting depict Hooke?
Online sleuthing and deductive reasoning identifies what appears to be the only existent portrait painted of the celebrated scientist during his lifetime.
Marcia Macmillan’s winning landscape photograph: Whimsical Warrior.
Head On Festival
The Head On Photo Festival showcases documentary photography. Luckily, it’s an artform that lends itself well to online display and celebration.
Two girls in white (1904) is a composite study of three of Ramsay’s sisters, who cared for him before his death from tuberculosis.
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Hugh Ramsay’s Two girls in white, was painted just two years before he died at the age of 28 in 1906. It is the central work in the National Gallery of Australia’s survey exhibition.
A self-portrait of George Platt Lynes from 1952.
Gelatin silver print, 7-5/8 × 9 in. From the Collections of the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University. © Estate of George Platt Lynes.
Lynes was a highly sought-after commercial and fashion photographer in the 1930s and 1940s. But he had to keep his most important body of work hidden away.
Jon McNauhgton’s 2017 painting ‘You Are Not Forgotten.’
McNaughton’s works elicit giddy mockery from the left and effusive love from the right. Why do they resonate so strongly?
Yvette Coppersmith, Self-portrait after George Lambert, oil and acrylic on linen, 132 x 112 cm.
© the artist Photo: AGNSW, Jenni Carter
It is some years since such a classical work as Yvette Coppersmith’s has won the Archibald.
Hers is a most intelligent self-portrait in the very mannered style of George Lambert’s work.
Mitch Cairns’s Agatha Gothe-Snape, oil on linen, 140.5 x 125 cm.
© the artist Photo: Mim Stirling, AGNSW
This year’s annual Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes both reaffirm traditions and confirm new directions in the arts establishment.
Detail from Tony Albert Self-portrait (ash on me), acrylic on linen.
102 x 102 cm
© the artist Photo: Jenni Carter, AGNSW
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.
A picture of strength: lifelong activist Bonita Mabo OA in front of her portrait as a young woman, which features in her granddaughter Boneta-Marie Mabo’s first solo exhibition.
Josef Ruckli, courtesy of the State Library of Queensland
Boneta-Marie Mabo’s art responds to a colonial past in which Aboriginal women were fetishised as “black velvet”. But it also celebrates strong women, including her activist grandmother Bonita Mabo.
Why is Whistler’s mother one of the most persistently famous images in the world?
James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in grey and black no. 1 (Portrait of the artist's mother) 1871. Image courtesy of the NGV.
Whistler’s Mother, which arrives in Melbourne on March 25, is one of the most famous portraits in the world. But James Whistler never wanted the sitter’s identity known.
2015 Archibald Prize winner Nigel Milsom - Judo House Part 6 (The White Bird), oil on linen.
© Nigel Milsom, photgraph courtesy of AGNSW, Mim Sterling
Nigel Milsom has won the 2015 Archibald Prize for his portrait of barrister Charles Waterstreet. It’s clear the regime of the Archibald Prize is quickly, and positively, shifting.
Tim Maguire’s portrait of Cate Blanchett is one of the finalists for this year’s Archibald Prize.
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…