Tony Albert wins 2014 Basil Sellers Art Prize - Art Collector

Tony Albert, Once upon a time, 2013-14. Mixed media on paper, installation, 200 x 300cm. Courtesy: the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Zetland

Artist Tony Albert has been announced as the recipient of the 2014 Basil Sellers Art Prize.

Albert won the acquisitive prize of $100,000 for his installation piece
Once upon a time, which features 23 small frames hung over a large painted red target. Within the frames are watercolors on paper, photographs, and small vignettes made of found objects, all of which serve to allude to notions of ongoing racism in Australian sport.

The work was created as a response to the media furor over racism in sports, after a 13-year-old girl publically called footballer Adam Goodes an ‘ape’. Albert’s work reveals the continuing need to champion indigenous rights, matched by an underlining sense of hope and pride.

The biennial award, founded in 2008 by Australian businessman and philanthropist Basil Sellers AM, supports the focus of sport in contemporary art. Over 300 entrants were judged by a panel of some of the biggest names in the Australian art industry, along with Michael Hawker AM, chairman of the Australian Rugby Union.

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