Art Attack refers to the axing of the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards by the current premier, the philistine Campbell Newman.
For me as an immigrant, the annual Premier's lists have functioned as a guide to the best reading. The barbarism of Newman's act is reflected in the rawness of the work with its bloodied pick - a tool used for coal mining. The sculpture's violence also reflects the disturbing extent to which art and artists are undervalued in Australia.
books, pick, paint, metal rod, base
80 x 70 x 70 cm
Judges of the 2012 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM (Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW and Director of the Transfield Foundation), Natalie Wilson (Assistant Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW) and Professor Janice Reid AM (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW).
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