School’s Art Collection to Include Archibald Winner
Christ Church’s art adviser Michael Reid walked students through some of the School’s Foundation Collection pieces last week. His visit came at an exciting time as the School announced its latest acquisition and prepared to unveil another.
Mr Reid, a leading Sydney-based art dealer, recently secured for the School the winning painting of the most revered art prizes in Australia – the Archibald Prize for Portraiture. The 2010 winning portrait of Christ Church old boy Tim Minchin (1992), by Melbourne artist Sam Leach, struck an obvious resonance with the School.
The relatively small painting of the musical comedian, which was dwarfed by most of the other Archibald finalists, will become part of the School’s collection in January 2011 once it has made its obligatory tour of the nation.
Mr Reid told Year 9 and 11 Art students that Christ Church had started its art collection primarily to stimulate and educate boys with some of Australia’s best contemporary art as well as the obvious investment value.
He talked to the boys about three paintings including Adam Cullen’s provocative Sunburnt Stockman, English-born Australian artist David Bromley’s boats and Shaun Gladwell’s light box image of his own foot mangled in a skateboarding accident.
Mr Reid was here for the unveiling of the Old Boys’ Association’s Centenary Gift to the School – a sculpture that became part of the everyday landscape of Christ Church when it was unveiled last weekend as part of the old boys’ Centenary Weekend celebrations.