Archibald Prize Analysis

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VISUAL ARTS!!! ARCHIBALD PRIZE: The Archibald prize is considered to be the most portraiture prize and also the most prominent of all art prizes in Australia. The Archibald prize was the first awarded in 1921 from the editor of the bulletin JF Archibald. The trustees of the art gallery of New South Wales administer it and the Archibald prize goes to the best portrait, preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by an artist resident in Australia. The prize as of 2007 is $35,000 and is run annually. The Archibald prize has attracted its fair share of controversy over the years as well as several court cases, the most famous was in 1943 when William Dobell’s win was challenged because of claims it was a caricature rather than a painting. Also in 1997 Evert Ploeg painted the television characters bananas in pajamas but it was deemed ineligible by the trustee’s because it was not a painting of a person. Also not to mention in 2004 when Craig Ruddy’s image of David Gulpilil, which won both the main prize and the peoples choice award, was challenged on the basis that it was a charcoal sketch rather than a painting. These are only a few controversies that have occurred over the years, so as you can see the Archibald…show more content…
Portraiture shows us the visual representation of what it means to be an individual and what it means to be human. A portrait is a painting, photograph or other artistic representation of a person. Portraits are often simple headshots or mug shots and are not usually overly elaborate. The intent of a portrait is to show the basic appearance of the person, and occasionally some artistic insight into his or her personality. The hand of either a sculptor or a painter also creates portraiture. In this context, such a painting or sculpture would fall into two separate

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