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The Archibald Prize

The Archibald Prize is Australia’s most prestigious, contemporary and contentious portraiture prize. Subjects for the Archibald include personalised portraits of celebrities and friends and self- portraits, as seen through the eyes of Australia’s leading and aspiring contemporary artists. Recently, critics have raised questions as to the trends of ‘The Archie’. Allen (2010) argues the Archibald has become predictable with its preference towards ‘gigantic photorealism’, while Crawford (2008) believes the portrait prize is nothing more than a ‘media blockbuster ... epitomising conservatism’.

But a review of the winners and shortlisted works of recent years reveals a trend towards portraying masculinity as vulnerable, frail and to an extent ‘broken’. What is your opinion of the portrayal of men in the Archibald Prize? 

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Annotated Bibliographies for the Visual Art Assignment

Background Information - The Archibald Prize

Ben Quilty on New Masculinities in Contemporary Art

Jailbreaking portrait turns shared demons into Archibald Prize winner

Archibald move for Bali Nine artist

Art Gallery NSW | Controversy and debate

Annotated Bibliographies for the Visual Art Assignment

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Archibald Prize 2015: Bruno Jean Grasswill's Michael Caton portrait wins the People's Choice

Archibald Prize 2015 review: mediocre but popular

Archibald Prize 2012 Winner - Tim Storrier