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“A Retrospective of Chinese Archibald Finalists” to be held at China Cultural Centre in Sydney

China Cultural Centre in Sydney will join forces with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Portrait Gallery, Museums & Galleries of NSW, UNSW Art & Design, Macquarie Group, Gene & Brain Sherman Collection and Nicholas Jose & Claire Roberts in presenting an exhibition titled A Retrospective of Chinese Archibald Finalists, on view from 25th July to 27th August 2015.

This unique exhibition celebrates the accomplishments achieved by Chinese artists in the Archibald Prize during the past two decades through the embodiment of 23 paintings from Chinese-born artists in Australia, which received high commendations for their excellence. A number of them were selected as finalists in the acclaimed Archibald Prize, among which some won the People’s Choice Award; while some others won the Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award in the Salon des Refusés.

About the exhibition 
Regarded as the most important portraiture prize in Australia, the Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921. This open competition is administered and judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and approximately 40 finalists, selected from nearly a thousand of participants, are eventually displayed in the annually-held exhibition at the Gallery. Besides the Archibald Prize, People’s Choice, which voted for by the public visiting the Archibald exhibition, has also been awarded since 1988.

Artworks displayed in the exhibition of A Retrospective of Chinese Archibald Finalists feature 23 Archibald finalist masterpieces from 16 Chinese-born artists. The exhibition highlights the artists’ contribution to the multicultural dynamism of Australia and aims to inspire exchange of ideas and mutual understanding between Chinese and Australian artists.

Twenty-two Chinese-born artists have been selected as Archibald finalists for seventy-seven times from 1990 to 2014. Among all the participating artists of A Retrospective of Chinese Archibald Finalists, Jiawei Shen has had 13 paintings selected for the Archibald Prize exhibition over the past 22 years, making him the best performed Chinese artist in the competition. He is not, however, the most successful artist of Chinese origins. That honour belongs to Jenny Sages, born into a Russian family in Shanghai in 1934. She has been a finalist in 20 editions of Archibald Prize since 1990, and her finalist painting After Jack will be featured in this exhibition.

Michael Brand, Director of Art Gallery of New South Wales, extended his congratulations to the exhibition and said:

“Chinese artists’ unique style and perspective on Australian culture add an invaluable dimension to Australia’s art scene, making a significant contribution to Australia’s multicultural society.”

Edmund Capon, former Director of Art Gallery of New South Wales, expressed in his essay:

“……the cultural and artistic horizons of the Western tradition of portrait painting have been enriched beyond expectation by our country’s gregarious embrace of so many artists from China and our region. Even though the art of the interpretative and expressive portrait in the Western tradition was never a significant one in the history of Chinese painting many artists from China who have now made Australia their home have made an impressive and distinctive contribution to the great tradition of portrait painting in this country.”

About China Cultural Centre in Sydney
Being the first China Cultural Centre in the Oceania region and as a registered non-profit organisation in Australia, China Cultural Centre in Sydney is dedicated to promoting the awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture and art through cultural events and activities. Thanks to its close partnership with both the private and public sectors, the Centre offers programs that aim to enhance the existing friendship, to encourage dialogue and foster mutual understanding between China and Australia.

Level 1, 151 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Exhibition date:
25 July 2015 – 28 August 2015

Opening hours:
10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm
Tuesday – Saturday (except public holidays)


For more information
Tel: +61 (02) 8228 3050
E-mail: info@cccsydney.org
Website: https://cccsydney.org

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