15 April 2008

Academic art triumphant

The finalists for the Walters Prize are:
Edith Amituanai nominated for Déjeuner 2007, shown at Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland.
Lisa Reihana for Digital Marae 2007, shown at Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth.
John Reynolds for Cloud 2006, shown at the Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Peter Robinson for ACK 2006, shown at Artspace, Auckland.

Both Reynolds and Robinson have been nominated before. The jury statement reads:

In looking at artwork made since the last Walters Prize, we sought to identify those exhibitions that have done the most to focus and to steer the concerns of art and the way it is discussed in Aotearoa New Zealand. The four finalists have done this by making refined presentations reflecting art making strategies that have particular resonance now. For the first time, two artists previously selected have made the final four. Their new bodies of work represent significant developments in practices already noted by previous jurors for their prominence in the national art conversation. A long short list was finally reduced to a swarm of single-word paintings, sculpture that punches its way through a wall, photographs that show us pro rugby players working in Europe, and an installation that depicts the demi-god Maui riding a surf board.


Anonymous said...

"their prominence in the national art conversation" - The squeaking wheel gets the oil then?

No. 0003 said...

This award has already made itself irrelevant.

We don't even get the benefit of a media driven art-shock-my-5-year-old-could-do-that-call-that-art-horror because most don't give a toss...

And why should they?

visitors since 29 March 2004.