Archibald Prize

Vivid Sydney 2024 Program Unveiled

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Monday, March 11, 2024

SYDNEY, AU, Mar 11, 2024 - (ACN Newswire) - Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere's largest multi-artform festival, today unveiled its captivating program for 2024.

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  • SYDNEY, AU, Mar 11, 2024 - (ACN Newswire) - Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere's largest multi-artform festival, today unveiled its captivating program for 2024.
  • Australia's largest event will transform Sydney with mesmerising light installations and 3D projections from Circular Quay to The Goods Line; genre-spanning music performances and creative showcases; a formidable Vivid Ideas program featuring experiences that will open minds; and a mouth-watering Vivid Food program.
  • Staged across Sydney, Vivid Sydney festival locations and venues include Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, State Library of New South Wales, Walsh Bay, Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, University of Technology Sydney, The Goods Line, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Carriageworks, and more.
  • Vivid Sydney 2024 will engage audiences across four pillars: Vivid Light, Vivid Music, Vivid Ideas and Vivid Food.

As Julia Gutman’s maverick collage wins the Archibald prize, the award is truly in the hands of a new generation

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Friday, May 5, 2023

Montaigne, the performing name of singer Jessica Cerro, is a longtime friend of Gutman.

Key Points: 
  • Montaigne, the performing name of singer Jessica Cerro, is a longtime friend of Gutman.
  • It is fair to say that, until recently, Gutman’s portrait would probably not have been hung, let alone won, the Archibald Prize.
  • Read more:
    'I think Archie would be pleased': 100 years of our most famous portrait prize and my almost 50 years watching it evolve

Self-contained and vulnerable

    • The pose shows the artist as both self-contained and vulnerable, hugging one knee to her body, her feet bare and open.
    • The collage moves into paint, but the paint has been scratched so from a distance it looks as though it, too, is collage.
    • Behind the figure a stitched in translucent panel reveals the struts supporting the painting’s stretcher: simultaneously revealing and concealing.

Painting the music

    • Inma, which was awarded the Wynne Prize, is a visual celebration of the music he feels in the song and dance of this place of his childhood.
    • He then led them in the song that is described in his gloriously complex and rhythmic painting.
    • That honour goes to Doris Bush Nungarrayi, the senior Luritja artist who was awarded the Sulman Prize for her painting Mamunya ngalyananyi (Monster coming) – a painting showing Mamu, the shapeshifting malevolent spirits that haunt the Anangu.

From joyous celebration to the depths of grief: the new orthodoxy of the Archibald prize is there is no orthodoxy

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Friday, April 28, 2023

About 50 years ago an unknown artist entered a portrait of the artist Russell Drysdale in the Archibald Prize.

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  • About 50 years ago an unknown artist entered a portrait of the artist Russell Drysdale in the Archibald Prize.
  • The gallery trustees, who knew Drysdale well, loved it – but it was never hung.
  • Read more:
    'I think Archie would be pleased': 100 years of our most famous portrait prize and my almost 50 years watching it evolve

The trifecta

    • It rightly hangs in a prominent position, opposite the podium where the final judgement will be announced.
    • Whiskey is also exhibiting Come see Kaylene in the Sulman Prize, a reworked Northern Territory tourism poster from the days when TAA flew “the friendly way”.
    • Jason Phu has managed the trifecta this year, with entries hung in all three competitions.

Life is short, art is long

    • When trying to assess this year’s exhibition I keep on thinking of Sydney’s Royal Easter Show.
    • It is enormously popular with the general public for it sideshows and baby animals, magnificent displays of agricultural produce, fairy floss and CWA scones.
    • But at its heart there is the very serious purpose of competition – from fine wool sheep and beef cattle to dogs and poultry.
    • Life is short, art is long, and will outlive us all.