Salon des Refusés: The ‘alternative’ Archibald & Wynne Prize selection - Art Collector

Steve Salo, Historia–Self portrait. Oil on board 61 x 56cm. Courtesy of the artist and S.H. Ervin Gallery.  Initiated by the S.H.Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Archibald Prize which were not selected for display in the official exhibition. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most high profile and respected awards which attracts hundreds of entries each year and the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney art scene.

Each year our panel is invited to go behind the scenes of the judging process for the annual Archibald Prize for portraiture and Wynne Prize for landscape painting and figure sculpture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, to select an exhibition from the many hundreds of works entered in both prizes but not chosen for the official award exhibition. The criteria for works selected in the Salon are quality, diversity, humour and innovation.

The Salon des Refusés exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery has established an excellent reputation that rivals the selections of the ‘official’ exhibition with works which examine contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape.

Exhibition opens:
12 May 2018
Exhibition closes:
29 July 2018
S.H. Ervin Gallery, Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks
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