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AUSTRALIA POST MARKS ARCHIBALD PRIZE CENTENARY WITH THREE NEW STAMPS

Australia Post is commemorating the centenary of the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney, with the release of three stamps featuring unforgettable prize-winning portraits from across the decades by artists William Dobell, William Dargie and Del Kathryn Barton.

First awarded in 1921, the Archibald Prize was established following a bequest from former Art Gallery of NSW trustee and founder of The Bulletin magazine, JF Archibald (1856–1919), whose aim was to foster portraiture and support artists.

Australia Post Group Manager Philatelic Michael Zsolt said the new stamps were a fitting way to honour the annual open competition, which celebrates figures from all walks of life.

“The selected portraits are three of more than 6000 finalist works that have been shown in the Archibald Prize over the last century,” Mr Zsolt said.

“We love celebrating these historic moments as part of the Australia Post Stamp Program and we look forward to seeing many more iconic works featured in future Archibald Prizes.” Continue reading AUSTRALIA POST MARKS ARCHIBALD PRIZE CENTENARY WITH THREE NEW STAMPS

‘REAL WORLD’ : FOURTH DOBELL AUSTRALIAN DRAWING BIENNIAL @ AGNSW

 

Martin Bell
Martin Son of the Universe, What me worry 2018-19 (detail)
pen and ink on 75 sheets of paper
280 x 1140 cm overall (56 x 76 cm each)
Collection of the artist
© Martin Bell

Danie Mellor
A time of the World’s making 2019​
wax crayon, oil pigment wash, watercolour, metallic ink, pencil, felt tipped marker, collage, twine, Satin Bower Bird feathers and gilding on paper​, 236 x 292 cm
Collection of the artist​
© Danie Mellor

Withdrawing as the principal medium, the exhibited works evoke distinctive ways of seeing and making sense of the world. For some, it recreates a physical environment, grounded in a deep connection to place or country. For others, it is an invention that springs forth from history, memory and the imagination.

Exhibition curator and Art Gallery of NSW curator of Australian art Anne Ryan said the exhibited works evoke distinctive ways of seeing and making sense of the world. “Real Worlds brings together the work of eight artists who seek to interpret and comprehend the world through subjective reinvention via drawing. For some, it is grounded in a deep connection to place or Country. For others, it is a reinvention that springs forth from imagination and the subconscious, inflected by subjective experience and rich with narrative suggestion,” said Ryan. Continue reading ‘REAL WORLD’ : FOURTH DOBELL AUSTRALIAN DRAWING BIENNIAL @ AGNSW

DISCOVERING DOBELL : ART CRITIC CHRISTOPHER HEATHCOTE’S NEW PUBLICATION

A large coffee table book, beautifully presented and lavishly illustrated, this is an intriguing book for art lovers brought to us by the excellent Wakefield Press.

Christopher Heathcote is one of Australia’s foremost art critics, has published a number of books on Australian painters, and  is a regular contributor to the current affairs journal Quadrant.

Linked in with the current exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art we gain a fascinating insight into the life of Dobell. The book is in effect divided into four sections with a Forward by TarraWarra Museum of Art director, Victoria Lynn. Continue reading DISCOVERING DOBELL : ART CRITIC CHRISTOPHER HEATHCOTE’S NEW PUBLICATION