Australia’s oldest and most prestigious portrait award turns 100 this year. The annual award will, at the will of the late JF Archibald, be awarded to the best portrait “preferably of a man or woman with distinction in art, literature, science or politics by an Australasia-based artist during the 12th month.”
To celebrate, the Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize The exhibit at the Art Gallery of New South Wales reveals interesting stories behind more than 100 works of art selected from each decade since the annual award began.
Starting from the collections of libraries, museums, galleries and private collections both in Australia and internationally, Archie 100 is on view at the Art Gallery of NSW until September 26th. The exhibition will then tour Australia and will initially travel to the Geelong Gallery from November 6, 2021.
The university’s art collection includes 30 paintings that were part of the Archibald exhibition between 1923 and 1998. Two of the artists were selected for the exhibition Archie 100 Exhibition: Jenny Sands’ 1993 Portrait of Sydney Law School Professor Alice Tay and Grace Crowley’s 1933 Portrait in gray.