Backstage at the Archibald Prize: paper planes and steel-plate etchings

When Ben Quilty won the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney yesterday [April 15, 2011], it was less than a decade since he had received his first real career boost – the receipt of the 2002 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. And Margaret Olley, one of the judges of that scholarship ...

Vincent Fantauzzo wins the Packers Prize

Vincent Fantauzzo won the Packers Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW today, with this portrait of the Sydney chef Matt Moran. For the uninitiated, the Packers Prize has cemented itself into the program of fun and games surrounding the annual Archibald Prize at the AGNSW. The Packers Prize is judged by the jovial chief of ...

Opening of Wendy Sharpe exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery

Wendy Sharpe is one of the most exciting artists in Australia today, and her career is in full bloom. A survey exhibition of her work has just opened at the S.H. Ervin Gallery on Observatory Hill in Sydney, and ArtWriter was there to record the event for these pages. The exhibition was full of the boisterous ...

Annie Leibovitz meets the Sydney news media at the MCA

American photographer Annie Leibovitz flew into Sydney for 24 hours on February 9, 2011, to see the exhibition of her work at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The show, titled Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life 1990-2005 has been a smash hit for the MCA, drawing the most visitors it has ever had for a ticketed ...

Sad passing of artist Ian Abdulla

The art world is very sad to learn today (January 31, 2011) of the passing of the well-known indigenous artist Ian Abdulla. Abdulla died in the early hours of Saturday morning in hospital in Berri, the South Australian town on the artist's beloved Murray River. His death followed a short battle with cancer. He was ...