ZAVROS UNVEILS AGNSW COMMISSION
Zavros unveils AGNSW commission - Australian Art Collector
|23 July 2012 | The result of Michael Zavros’s $50,000 commission for the Art Gallery of New South Wales was unveiled last week. |
The commission was made as part of the gallery’s new Bulgari Art Award. As the inaugural recipient, Zavros won an Italian residency worth $30,000 and the $50,000 commission for the gallery’s collection.
The result is a painting called The New Round Room, which places a weightlifting bench in the Round Room at the Palace of Versailles, an apartment once occupied by Louis XIV. “With this unexpected juxtaposition, Zavros has turned this historic room into a contemporary gymnasium,” comments Wayne Tunnicliffe, the gallery’s head curator of Australian art.
“The placement of the gym equipment in this setting spins the painting into a contemplation of narcissism and desire, of vanity and even vanitas, of the passing of time and human beauty.
“There is no one benchpressing weights, but the equipment awaits a user and suggests a contemporary pursuit of physical perfection which has echoes in the pursuit of architectural perfection in the building and the perfecting of nature in the highly cultivated gardens.”
|Above: Michael Zavros, The New Round Room, 2012. Courtesy: the artist|
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