April 19, 2011
Suffering for his art ... Rodney Pople's controversial entry for the Archibald Prize. Photo: Wolter Peeters
"THE Sydney artist Rodney Pople's Archibald entry, Artist and Family (after Caravaggio), depicts the artist being beheaded by his wife, curator Felicity Fenner, while his two shirtless sons look on.
A tribute to the Italian master's famous work Judith Beheading Holofernes, it is also a sly reference to the attacks on Pople's work by church groups in 2010 and to the hysteria surrounding Bill Henson's photographs of adolescents in 2008.
Yet the painting, a 2011 Archibald finalist, is exactly the sort of work that seems destined to fall foul of a classification system that has been recommended to a Senate inquiry..."
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/senate-inquiry-cruellest-cut-of-all-say-artists-20110418-1dlrp.html#ixzz1JvUY20iS