The Hidden Faces, known in art circles as the Victorian Salon des Refusés, is the only Victorian exposure for 2010 Archibald entrants.
In its ninth year, Hidden Faces showcases 45 exciting and diverse paintings including entertainers:
Jesse Spencer (House), Li CunXin (Mao’s Last Dancer), Alan Fletcher, Judith Durham, Alex Papps, Rachel Rawlins (Principal Artist, Australian Ballet), Ross Wilson, Andrew Demetriou (CEO Australian Football League),
Mick Malthouse (Collingwood coach) and Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda captain), along with The Hon Nicola Roxon (MP), Tony Bilson (Chef) and Barry Cassidy (ABC TV presenter). The Hidden Faces of the Archibald Exhibition (open exclusively to Victorian artists) provides a unique opportunity for Victorians to rival the selections of the often controversial ‘official’ prize selection.
Curator/Manager of Hidden Faces, Jacqueline Taylor, OAM says, “This year’s exhibition is the best yet. The glorious Hilton Melbourne, South Wharf is ideal to exhibit these outstanding works by Victorian artists, Matthew Quick, Raelene Sharp, Jim van Geet, Helen Edwards, Martin Lang, Paul Carter, Phil Suter, Fu Hong, Phillip Barnes and Jacqui Grantford.”
“This sharp, edgy, exposé of the contemporary art scene suits the profile of the new Hilton Melbourne, South Wharf,” says General Manager, Michael Bourne. “We are delighted to host the show with OzLink Entertainment.”
The Hidden Faces exhibition follows in the long tradition of the French Impressionists of the 1860s who held a breakaway exhibition from the reactionary French Academy. In the inaugural Salon des Refusés, held in 1864 by command of Napoleon III, the exhibits included works by the acclaimed artists, Edmund Manet and Paul Cezanne.
Visitors to the exhibition are invited to enter the People’s Choice Award
and vote for their personal favourite with prizes provided by the Hilton
Melbourne, South Wharf.
The Hidden Faces of the Archibald 2010
Hilton Melbourne, South Wharf
June 2 – July 11, 2010
Free of charge
Open all day every day