Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Australia's other religious art award, the Blake Prize 2018 is depressing

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
By John McDonald
Blake Prize 2018 winner Tina Havelock Stevens in front of her six-minute video Giant Rock.
SYDNEY, AU---It's been seven years since I last wrote about the Blake Prize, which seemed to have reached a point where it couldn't get any worse. The good news is that it hasn't gotten worse: it's just as bad as it was seven years ago. When it was founded in 1951 the Blake Prize was intended to revitalise religious art – another genre felt to be threatened by the relentless progress of Modernism. How clean-cut those days appear from a contemporary perspective! There was a simple opposition of communism v capitalism, while Christianity was enshrined as the in-house religion of the western world. Nowadays our communities are a complex tangle of religious and political ideas. The top prize of $35,000 went to Tina Havelock Stevens for a six-minute video entitled Giant Rock. It's depressing to think that of all the entries in the Blake, this dull video with a dumb, poorly written explanation should have impressed the judges most. [More]
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