LIFE IMITATES ART IMITATES ART AT SELLERS PRIZE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.07.14

Announced tomorrow is the lucky winner of the $100,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize for a work or works which confront issues and themes in sport. As an enthusiastic press release puts it: “From fandom to fanaticism, motivation to morality, and rules to racism, the finalists explore the many facets of sport and examine the parallels between the awe of art and the spectacle of sport”. And the finalists – currently displayed at an exhibition in The Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne – are: Tony Albert, Narelle Autio, Zoe Croggon, Gabrielle de Vietri, IvanDurrant, Shaun Gladwell, Richard Lewer, William Mackinnon, Rob McHaffie, Noel McKenna, Rob McLeish, Fiona McMonagle, Raquel Ormella, Khaled Sabsabi, Jenny Watson, and Gerry Wedd. The judges for both this Prize and the $50,000 National Sports Museum Basil Sellers Creative Arts Fellowship are: Liz Ann Macgregor OBE, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art; Kelly Gellatly, Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art; Robert Cook, curator of contemporary photography and design at the Art Gallery of Western Australia; Michael Hawker AM, distinguished businessman and a veteran of 25 Australian rugby test matches, now Chairman of Australian Rugby Union; Dr Chris McAuliffe, consultant for the Basil Sellers Group; and Basil Sellers AM himself. Previous winners of the prestigious prize, which is running biennially for 10 years, were Daniel Crooks in 2008, Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont in 2010, and Jon Campbell in 2012. One artist who didn't expect to be even accepted as a finalist this year was Tony Albert. For the Queensland Indigenous artist suspected that the sporty Prize would not be seriously interested in confronting racism – the perennial matter of his art. But, just as news came through that he'd misjudged the judges, so Adam Goodes, legendary Sydney Swans footballer and» Read More

 

TARNANTHI – THE NEW NAME IN FESTIVALS

TARNANTHI – THE NEW NAME IN FESTIVALS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.07.14

South Australia’s Premier Jay Weatherill has announced that the State's new Aboriginal visual arts festival will be known as Tarnanthi – pronounced TAR-NAN-DEE - a local Kaurna word meaning 'to come forth', as in the sun and the first emergence...» Read More

 

ABORIGINAL ART 'COMES HOME'

ABORIGINAL ART 'COMES HOME'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.07.14

A significant dinner held in Melbourne last week was a homecoming of sorts for that dominant feature of the Aboriginal art market over the past two decades – the auction. Aboriginal art auctions have been maligned, but some have done...» Read More

 

ART IS THE VOICE OF OUR PEOPLE - TAKE 2

ART IS THE VOICE OF OUR PEOPLE - TAKE 2

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.07.14

Hetti Perkins second 'Art+Soul' TV series returns to the ABC tonight, and winds up with a third episode next Tuesday. And the question I asked after previewing her first program remains as relevant to the thinking behind this production as...» Read More

 

GULPILIL'S COUNTRY

GULPILIL'S COUNTRY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.07.14

I've often said that the major problem with the Intervention – and all the hyperventilation about the reported spate of child abuse and domestic violence in remote Aboriginal communities that justified the imposition of its quasi-military rule – was that...» Read More

 

FEAR & LOATHING AMONG THE SMSFs

FEAR & LOATHING AMONG THE SMSFs

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.07.14

Art values are suffering as a result of misinformation and disproportionate anxiety about changed rules for art investments in Self-Managed Super Funds, says accountant and Indigenous art community expert, Brian Tucker. And it's been particularly damaging for Aboriginal communities, where...» Read More

 

ART IS THE VOICE OF OUR PEOPLE

ART IS THE VOICE OF OUR PEOPLE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.07.14

So, Hetti Perkins is back with us, refreshed from a sabbatical period post-Art Gallery of NSW, where she used to be the first, and so far only, senior curator of Aboriginal Art. I wonder why they think they can manage...» Read More

 

RED OCHRE FOR HECTOR BURTON

RED OCHRE FOR HECTOR BURTON

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.07.14

At the end of May, the supreme national Indigenous arts awards – the Red Ochres – were handed out by the Australia Council. And the senior, peer-reviewed award went to artist Hector Tjupuru Burton from Tjala Arts in Amata, South...» Read More

 

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TARNANTHI – THE NEW NAME IN FESTIVALS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.07.14

South Australia’s Premier Jay Weatherill has announced that the State's new Aboriginal visual arts festival will be known as Tarnanthi – pronounced TAR-NAN-DEE - a local Kaurna word meaning 'to come forth', as in the sun and the first emergence...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

ABORIGINAL ART 'COMES HOME'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.07.14

A significant dinner held in Melbourne last week was a homecoming of sorts for that dominant feature of the Aboriginal art market over the past two decades – the auction. Aboriginal art auctions have been maligned, but some have done...» Read More

Events: Event

ABORIGINAL ART 'COMES HOME'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.07.14

A significant dinner held in Melbourne last week was a homecoming of sorts for that dominant feature of the Aboriginal art market over the past two decades – the auction. Aboriginal art auctions have been maligned, but some have done...» Read More

Events: Event

BARKS 'R US

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.12.13

With Aboriginal bark paintings there's the constant dilemma – how important is the aesthetic appeal of the work, and how important the story – and the status of the man telling it? The issue arises because there have been old...» Read More

 

 


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