Monday, April 2, 2012

Is one head better than none?

Tim Storrier, The Histrionic Wayfarer (after Bosch),
2012 Winner of the Archibald Prize
Hi everyone...
How was your weekend? 
In this part of the globe the two big art galleries were vying our attention in the past few days, and putting their best face forward in preparation for the Easter holidays ahead. 

First off the blocks was The MCA, which reopened on Thursday after a 53 million dollar redevelopment of its Circular Quay site. In 18 months the gallery has been given a new wing and a new name - The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCAA), and all reports its an amazing new space.
Im excited to see it. 

But for today's post I thought I would walk across The Domain to The Art Gallery of NSW as they just announced Tim Storrier as the winner of the Archibald Portrait Prize for painting. And what a surprise it was ... as it is a portrait painting without a head. Interesting... 

Its a brilliant concept for a painting. And its a little bit cheeky too. To paint the character or 'portrait' of a man by displaying his tools for living in one big back pack, dog included, is truly clever. But where is the feeling? For me a great work of art makes me feel an emotion, and then I move further in and look at the execution and use of materials. 

Jenny Sages, After Jack
Runner up for The Archibald Prize

So... in this estimation the self portrait of Jenny Sages called 'After Jack' is a winner. Jenny leaves herself open and vulnerable in this painting that speaks of her utter sadness after the death of her late husband. 
It is raw emotion. And it is beautiful. 
She maybe the runner up for the Archibald. 
But for me it is the one.

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