Thursday, April 21, 2011

In the press

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard as Mona Lisa, former NSW premier Kristina Keneally as a pensive mermaid and Wikileaks’ Julian Assange with his trousers down – where else but at the Bald Archy awards?
Politicians dominated the humorous art competition, but it was a depiction of Mr Assange taking a leak in an American top hat that took the 2001 prize, which was announced in Sydney on Tuesday.
The painting, entitled `Bad Ass…ange’, by French artist Xavier Ghazi, was “deliciously, irreverently, larrikin-y Australian,” competition founder Peter Batey said.
The Bald Archy exhibition and its $5000 prize is advertised as the only art show one in the world judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude.
Maude’s decision was “not influenced by fame or favour”, Mr Batey joked.
The cockatoo wasn’t present at the announcement, but a contented cat called Rocky watched on with interest.
A total of seven Julian Assange caricatures made the finals of the competition, which makes fun of Australian celebrities and politicians.
But Ghazi’s was “the definitive Bald Archy”, Mr Batey said.
“It’s an appropriate subject which people seem to have varied opinions about.”
Assange is portrayed with his usual deadpan expression and his trousers around his ankles as he pees into a top hat with an American flag on it.
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