The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Archibald Prize which were not selected for display in the official exhibition. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most high profile and respected awards which attracts hundreds of entries each year and the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney scene.
The Salon des Refusés exhibition has established an excellent reputation that rivals the selections in the ‘official’ exhibition, with works selected for quality, diversity, humour and experimentation, and which examine contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape.
Guerrilla Girls is a group of anonymous feminist artists and activists who call themselves ‘the conscience of the art world’. Their posters, billboards, books, videos and live lectures use facts, humour and bold visuals to expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world and popular culture.
The collective formed in New York City in 1985 with the mission of bringing gender and racial inequality into focus within the greater arts community. The members protect their individual identities by wearing gorilla masks during public appearances and by adopting the names of deceased female icons such as Edmonia Lewis, Käthe Kollwitz and Frida Kahlo.
With 129 projects made between 1985 and 2016, the Guerrilla Girls Portfolio Compleat 1985–2012 + Upgrade 2012–2016 is a comprehensive record of the Guerrilla Girls’ oeuvre. The portfolio is aimed at ensuring their legacy within the museums that have so often been the target of their work.
This exhibition shows how Whiteley’s early mastery of line, tone and edge informed his life-long pursuit to represent the human figure through art.
Whiteley’s work from this period glows with the colours of Australian earth and at the same time reflects his early admiration for the painters William Scott and Arshile Gorky, whose abstract compositions reinforced his passionate interest in shapes, his daring proportions on the picture plane and a unique presentation of erotic overtones.
‘Visible’ surveys the work of Tony Albert, one of the most exciting young Indigenous Australian artists working today. All aspects of his practice — from object-based assemblages, to painting, photography, video and installation — provide a powerful response to the misrepresentation of Australia’s First Peoples in popular and collectible imagery.
The title of the exhibition ‘Visible’, speaks to one of Albert’s often used quotes ‘Invisible is my favourite colour’, a response which frames the exhibition. The exhibition interrogates representations of Aboriginal people through a mix of humour and poignancy, while tackling issues of race and representation head-on, and includes the artist’s epic appropriations and re-appropriations of kitsch ‘Aboriginalia’.
The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.
The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.
The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.