For yesterday’s Wynne prize discussion including the topics:

  • The sound of embarrassment and protesting too much
  • So next year it will be fine to enter these paintings. Go for it folks:
  • My tuppence

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And in today’s news:

Overnight: Art collectors around the world have been in near hysterics as Sothebys have grasped the prize, so to speak, and announced that they will be auctioning in tandem Sam Leach’s Proposal for Lanscaped Cosmos (2010) and Adam Pynacker’s Boatmen Moored on a Lake Shore (1668). Sotheby’s chairman, Lord Robert Nelson, was exultant. “It’s a tremendous scoop for us, and, of course, for all art lovers across the globe! We are expecting extreme interest,” he crowed said.

Rijksmuseum Museum director, Johannes Meculpa, expressed his concern and delight, noting that while the museum was sad to be deaccessioning one of its “minor or lesser” pieces, the opportunity to recoup some of its GFC losses was not to be sneezed at, and that he was pleased it would be connected to a sale of an Australian picture – because “part of Australia was named Van Diemen’s Land, no? And Netherlands means like your Southern land, yes?” he said.

Elite collectors were reported to be in a frenzy with many agents claiming cellphone and texting overload. At an exclusive club in London, Mr ___ was overheard to have said, “Jacomo, what wonderful news! It will be like buying one masterpiece for the price of two!”

Movement at the gallery:

Meanwhile at the AGNSW, home of the Wynne prize, director Easy Capon, a British expat, is understood to be close to resigning. An unidentified spokesman allowed that he had said something to the effect of, “Right, that’s the last effing straw, I’ve had it with you blowfly philistines, I’m going home to a real place, where the landscape is actually green.” He is reported to be investigating a startup cottage industry in the Cotswolds making a line of mismatched socks. His job is rumoured to be promised to Melbourne identity Chris Nixon, who will be returning to her home state to take up the appointment. She has promised to “be there 24/7 to deal with any emergencies” and to “promptly put out any fires.”

The board of trustees which form the judging panel have all been sacked from their positions of prize judges. Taking their places will be the Mosman Book Group, and the Woolhara Shopping Club. “We are exhilarated,” said Ms Hashisham, the senior member of the MBG. Ms Hashisham, who prefers to be addressed as Trixi and was dressed in an edgy, slashed sheath from Rodarte, added that “the rules will be strictly adhered to as we go forward. We are currently putting together a proposal for a show, like that nice Jennifer woman’s Tuesday Book Club thing on the ABC. But about Australian landscape art, you know?”


The winner of the Wynne Prize 2011

‘Proposal for a waterscape future (so what?)‘* by Wett Briteley

Artist statement: “My work is about climate change and the unstoppable tsunami of coastal and population upheaval, including a reference to boat people – they’re the ones in the boat. Following tradition I am ‘quoting’ historical art sources for my work. And yes, I am proud that people have referred to my work as ‘Leachly’.”



The winner of the Wynne Prize 2012

‘Wheatfield with Crows (or, The Myth of Vincent, His Wonder, His Beauty)’** by Mel Nolan

Artist statement: “I don’t know what the fuss is about. We have lots of wheatfields in western Victoria, it’s perfectly Australian.”



Student resource: title footnotes:

*The AGNSW’s director, Edmund Capon: “When the picture came up … they [the judges] all thought: ‘What a wonderful painting – it looks like a late 17th-century Dutch landscape.’ And that was my first instinct. So what?”

**Another judge, artist John Beard, defended Leach’s award with vigour, despite not sighting the original. “What matters is when I looked at it I felt the myth, the wonder, the beauty,” he said.

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